The Royal West of England Academy’s Annual Open Exhibition is underway and Smith & Williamson is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s event.
Now in its 166th 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 total of 1,648 artists submitted 3,232 works of art for this year’s exhibition, from across the UK and as far afield as Moscow, Paris, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Last year’s event attracted more than 10,000 visitors.
Artworks are chosen by a selection panel, which this year includes gallery director, curator and artist Zavier Ellis; art writer Laura Gascoigne; critic and curator of the Jerwood Collection Lara Wardle; RWA President Stewart Geddes, and Academicians Stephen Jacobson, Fiona Robinson, Elizabeth Turrell and Chris Dunseath.
Carl Deane, managing partner at Smith & Williamson in Bristol, said: “We are proud to be sponsoring the RWA’s Annual Open exhibition. As a firm we strive to play an active role in the cultural life of the city and this will continue with our co-sponsorship of February’s Leonardo da Vinci exhibition.”
There is a range of prizes to be won at the exhibition, which runs until 25th November, including the £1,000 Academy Prize.
The Annual Open reflects the RWA’s ongoing commitment to championing world-class art in the region and creating opportunities for new and emerging talent. Income from submissions is a vital source of support for the RWA, which is an independent charity, in order to maintain its historically significant building, present its ambitious programme of exhibitions and deliver creative opportunities for young people and adults across Bristol.
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