Call for Submissions for the RWA 163 Annual Open Exhibition – the region’s largest open submission exhibition.

Online Submission closes 19 August 2015

The Royal West of England Academy in Bristol invites artists to submit their work for consideration to its most popular show on the exhibition calendar.

Now in its 163rd year, the Annual Open Exhibition provides an opportunity for regional, national and international artists to exhibit their work alongside other renowned names in British art, such as last year’s invited artist Sir Peter Blake RWA (Hon).

Submissions are welcome from painters, sculptors, architects, photographers and printmakers, alongside a host of other media represented in this eclectic exhibition. Entries are encouraged from all ages, including students and emerging artists.

Janette Kerr President of the RWA said ‘We are looking for pieces that sing and talk to us – that amuse, provoke and excite, that have a poetry and freshness about them, that have a visual impact which makes a work stand out – as well as demonstrating a high level of skill in execution. Not much then! But we hope that the work we select will offer our audience a fresh and current insight into contemporary art practice’.

‘Each year our selection panel, made up of Academicians and guest selectors from the art world, have a wonderful time looking and arguing about the works as they appear before us. Of course we all have our preferences, which is why we try to have practitioners from different media and backgrounds’.

‘We hope that visitors will agree that the Annual show is unique because of its inclusiveness, created by the mix of genres and artists’.

The exhibition offers an opportunity for all artists – from Royal Academicians to Sunday painters – to showcase their work.  It attracts audiences from near and far, with over 15,000 visitors to last year’s show. All artwork must be for sale and last year over 100 hundred works were sold from the 640 on display, as art enthusiasts and collectors flock to the show to discover the stars of the future alongside recognised names.

Artists are encouraged to submit a maximum of 3 recent works, via a dedicated website and the first round of selection takes place online with a final results day at the Academy in September.

This year’s selection panel includes RWA Academicians Janette Kerr PRWA, Stephen Jacobson VPRWA, Ian Middleton, Stewart Geddes, and three special guest selectors to be announced shortly. Biographies are available on request.

Key submission info:
Submissions are now open (from 19 June) and close on 19 August 2015

  • All submissions must be made online via our website
  • The first round of selection takes place online
  • Artists who pass the first round are then invited to bring their work to the RWA on the dedicated hand–in days for final selection
  • Painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, architecture and moving image submissions are all welcome
  • Artists are encouraged to submit recent work (produced within the last 3 years)
  • All works must be for sale with prices predominantly under £10,000
  • A maximum of 3 works may be submitted per applicant (NB submission fees apply)
  • Work cannot have been exhibited before at the RWA

The 163 Annual Open Exhibition runs from 4 October to 29 November 2015 at Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

Associated events include special exhibition trails as part of the Bristol and Bath Art Weekender 30 and 31st October and 1 November and a series of exhibition talks and tours. For more details call 0117 973 5129 or visit


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