Now in its 167th year, the exhibition takes submissions from artists at any stage of their career and in any media, including painting, sculpture, print making, photography, textiles, film and installation.
A selection panel assesses every entry and last year more than 600 works by over 400 artists made it into the final exhibition.
This year’s panel includes Tim Marlow, art historian and artistic director of the Royal Academy; Adelaide Damoah, painter and performance artist; John Talbot, art collector; Mark Hudson, award-winning art writer and critic for The Daily Telegraph; and RWA Academicians Malcolm Ashman, Dallas Collins, Toni Davey, Stewart Geddes and Leslie Glenn Damhus. This year’s invited artists are Adelaide Damoah and Ryan Mosley.
Carl Deane, managing partner at Smith & Williamson in Bristol, said: “Once again we are proud to be sponsoring the RWA’s Annual Open exhibition, the fifth year we have done so.
“As a firm we are keen to play an active role in Bristol’s cultural life and this will continue with our sponsorship of next year’s Pre-Raphaelites exhibition in the city at the Bristol Museum.”
The RWA Annual Open exhibition runs from 29th September until 1st December and there is a range of prizes to be won, including the £1,000 Academy Prize.
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