FRWA Trips and Visits

Check this page for the latest updates on Trips and Visits organised by the Friends of the RWA.


A day in Wiltshire – Book now

Saturday 11 March 2023

Messums is a multi-purpose arts space in a 13th century rural tithe barn. Our visit coincides with exhibitions of ceramics including work by French earth sculptor Thiébaut Chagué, his pupil Sandrine Bringard, and British abstract artists taught by Martin Smith. Coffee is available in Messums restaurant, before we move on to Salisbury, where you will be dropped in a central location and can choose to have lunch, visit the cathedral, local galleries and other heritage sites, or browse the shops and Charter Market.

Download a flyer with full details and a booking form here.


Residential Visit – Autumn art in Yorkshire

Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 October 2023

Barbara Hepworth: The Family of Man (1970) at Yorshire Sculpture Park. Image: Amanda Slater

We invite you to join us on the FRWA’s residential coach trip to West Yorkshire. 

From our base in the picturesque former spa town of Ilkley, we are planning visits to

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park: Open-air and indoor gallery space set within 500 acres of 18th Century landscaped grounds.
  • Hepworth Wakefield: Contemporary gallery and gardens exploring Barbara Hepworth’s studio environment and full-scale models for her later bronze sculptures, as well as a changing programme of temporary exhibitions.
  • Saltaire: A beautiful Italianate village (and UNESCO World Heritage site) built by Sir Titus Salt to house workers at his textile mill. The renovated mill is now a gallery holding over 400 works by David Hockney.

We are also hoping to organise a trip to the centre of Leeds, where you can visit Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Foundation.

Hotel: We will be staying for 4 nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis in a comfortable, newly-refurbished hotel approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of Ilkley. Spa facilities are available for a small additional charge. 

We can accommodate 34 people on a “First come, first served” basis, so please register your interest as soon as possible by emailing Christine Bowles chrisbowles52@gmail.com We will then provide further details and a booking form as soon as these become available. 

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Pat Triggs, Christine Bowles, Lucy Koshiw, Hilary Gallery, Priscilla Sorapure, Janet Taylor


For just £35 a year Friends can make unlimited visits to RWA exhibitions and enjoy a host of other benefits including 10% discounts on trips and visits, as well as making an important contribution to the arts in Bristol and the South West. Find out more and join up here.