161 Annual Open Exhibition
Entries open on 15 July and close on 13 September 2013.
The Royal West of England Academy holds an annual open exhibition now in its 161st year. As the name suggests, anyone can enter their work for this mixed discipline show. A selection panel assesses every entry and last year 541 works by 351 artists made it into the final exhibition. All work is for sale, and the exhibition attracts art-lovers and art-buyers from far and wide.
Submissions are welcome from unknown, emerging and established artists, including RWA Academicians, and can include painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and other media.
Pre-selection takes place online, after which successful artists will need to bring their work to the RWA for final selection in early November. Work can be collected from designated venues in London, Birmingham, Exeter and Penzance.
Please note that entry fees apply.
How do I enter?
To find out more about how to enter please first read a copy of the exhibition terms and condition which includes entry fees, transport information and useful dates to remember.
If you are a member of the general public (this includes RWA Friends, Artist Network Members and Students) you should read these Terms and Conditions.
If you are an RWA Academician you should read these Terms and Conditions.
To find out more about regional transport collections please read the Transport Regulations.
Where do I enter?
Once you have read the terms and conditions above you can log-in to our Online Submission System (OSS) to submit your entry. Don’t forget that if you are a new artist that you will first have to set-up an account.
Deadline for entries is 5pm, 13 September 2013. You must have fully completed the online submission, attached an image of your work and paid for your entry by this date.
If you are new to OSS or are having difficulty using the system please read our handy OSS User Guide & FAQs. It contains advise on what to do if you have forgotten your user name or password, how to book transport and lots more.
Who is on the Selection Panel?
The selection panel has traditionally included artists, art dealers, curators and critics. This year the panel includes:
Prizes for the 161 Annual Open Exhibition include:
The Affordable Art Fair You Choose Award: £800 awarded to the public’s choice
The Evolver Wessex Artist Award: front cover and feature article in Evolver magazine’s Jan-Feb 2014 issue
The UWE Bristol Drawing prize: £300 pounds given by the University of the West of England for distinctive practice in drawing
The Consumer Intelligence Watercolour Prize: two cash prizes
The Pangolin Editions Sculpture Award: 50cm2 Bronze casting by Pangolin Editions and many more sponsored by Redcliffe Press, St Cuthberts Paper Mill and New Creative Coaching.
The exhibition is open to the public from Sunday 24 November 2013 until Sunday 26 January 2014.