New: Free Artist Talks for Friends

We are delighted to present a new series of free Wednesday evening Artist Talks, exclusively for Friends.

Leading Academicians from different artistic disciplines will discuss their work, their medium and more.

The talks will be held in the Youngwood Room (downstairs at the RWA). The RWA café will be open until 7pm for refreshments.

12 October 4pm – Fiona Robinson PRWA (President of the RWA and abstract artist). Book here.

Join RWA President Fiona Robinson for a talk all about the Annual Open, this year’s record number of entries and the mammoth task of selection and placing.

The talk with take place at first in the Youngwood Room, before heading up to the galleries. The Gallery and café will be open for refreshments until 7pm, providing a great opportunity to stay and chat after the talk.

2 November 6pm – Anna Gilliespie RWA (sculptor)

7 December 6pm – Stewart Geddes PPRWA (painter)

1 February 23 6pm – Martin Edwards (photographer)

Friends can book their free places at the reception desk or online in the What’s On section of

The Friends of the RWA is an independent charity that supports the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol’s first art gallery. 
For just £35 a year Friends can make unlimited visits to RWA exhibitions and enjoy a host of other benefits, as well as making an important contribution to the arts in Bristol and the South West. Find out more and join up here.


  1. In previous communications it was said that Fiona Robinson’s talk would start at 4.30pm. How do we know which it correct?


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