Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group, hosted its annual reception at the Royal West of England Academy’s Annual Open Exhibition in Bristol - the 10th year it has held its reception at this renowned event.
Commemorating the firm’s third year of sponsoring this major exhibition, over 400 guests were able to view a dynamic and varied collection of paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, illustrations and mixed media.
With all pieces of art for sale, the exhibition is regarded as being one of the key events on the UK art scene and the perfect opportunity for art lovers to discover new artists or even purchase something by those more established.
Mike Lea, senior partner at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office, said: “This was the 165th Annual Open Exhibition and showcased some of the most exciting artists from across the country, so we were naturally delighted to play host to this fabulous exhibition and to highlight Smith & Williamson’s commitment to supporting the arts locally.
“The beauty of the exhibition is that anyone can enter their work for this mixed discipline show and allows up and coming or undiscovered artists to exhibit their work alongside those who are perhaps more well-known.”
This year’s exhibition included work by two prestigious invited artists – renowned painter and President of the Royal Academy Christopher Le Brun and photographic artist Tom Hunter RA – as well as the RWA’s own academicians and other leading international artists.
John Erskine, head of investment management at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office, added: “This was a fantastic exhibition and is one of the highlights of Smith & Williamson’s year so it was wonderful to see so many people attend.”
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Smith & Williamson is an independently owned professional and financial services group with over 1,800 people. The group is a leading provider of investment management, financial advisory and accountancy services to private clients, professional practices and mid-to-large corporates. The group has twelve offices; these are in London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham, Dublin (City and Sandyford), Glasgow, Guildford, Jersey, Salisbury and Southampton.