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Royal West of England Academy

The Royal West of England Academy (RWA) is situated in Queen’s Road, Clifton. It was built in 1858 and was Bristol's first art gallery. The design winner was J H Hirst with his Italianate façade.

The gallery houses a large permanent fine art collection and there are also touring exhibitions throughout the year showing contemporary art. There is a varied programme with group and one-person exhibitions.

Every year the academy holds its annual show of members work.

Admission times are 10.00 –5.30 Monday to Saturday and 2.00 – 5.00 on Sundays. There is Disabled access and admission for children is free. There is also a coffee shop open all year round.



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