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168 Annual Open Exhibition





The RWA's renowned Annual Open Exhibition returns for its 168th year with a stunning variety of work from emerging and established artists.

This dynamic and varied exhibition invites painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation and mixed media submissions and is a showcase of some of the most exciting artists from across the country and beyond.

All work is for sale, making the Annual Open a perfect opportunity to discover new artists or invest in well-known names.  

Always popular with art lovers, last year’s spectacular exhibition attracted over 10,000 visitors. This year's Annual Open will include work by our invited artists Rebecca Salter PRA and Frank Bowling OBE RA as well as the RWA’s own Academicians. 

A selection panel assesses every entry and last year 657 works by 451 artists made it into the final exhibition. This year's selectors include RWA Academicians Fiona Robinson, Ros Ford, Seyed Edalatpour and Wendy Elia, alongside artist and gallerist Zavier Ellis, writer and curator Anna McNay and Bridget Riley Art Foundation Curator at the British Museum Isabel Seligman.

Prize summary: 
Generous cash prizes to be won!
Prizes Details: 

The Academy Prize

1st Prize £5000 awarded to any artist working in any medium

2nd Prize £1000 awarded to any artist, with the exception of RWA Academicians, working in any medium, kindly donated by Past Presidents and RWA Academicians

Prize for Artwork by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Artists


The Work on Paper Prize, donated by Yvonne Crossley RWA (and The Drawing Gallery)


The Painting Prize, sponsored by Derek Balmer PPRWA


Evolver Wessex Cover Award

Chosen artwork to be featured on the cover of Evolver magazine

Evolver Wessex Artist Award

Chosen artist to be featured in article in Evolver magazine

The Student Prize, sponsored by The Friends of the RWA

An interview to be featured in Floating Circle magazine, plus publicity

People’s Choice Award



Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
Standard Entries £20.00 per artwork up to 3 artworks. Students £15.00 per artwork up to 3 artworks. RWA Friends £15.00 per artwork up to 3 artworks. RWA Artist Network £10.00 per artwork up to 3 artworks. RWA Academician Free entry up to 4 artworks.
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