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RWA 168th Annual Open Exhibition

21 November 2020 - 7 March 2021

This is the third consecutive year that I have had the incredible honour of being selected to show at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol. The RWA's galleries are superb, the black and white room pictured above being my favourite. Last year 'Wind Dance IV (black)' was selected and sold, pictured top right. This year I'm delighted that 'Storm Hannah (white)' will be on show - fingers crossed that she makes her appearance in the same location.

It's not just the galleries that make this such a great privilege, it's also the company of artists that one shows with. This year I am over the moon that Rebecca Salter PRA is one of the invited artists showing work. I have a huge affinity with her work and practice and it is really thrilling to be hung in the same show.

In addition there are so many other wonderful practitioners, emerging and established, showing work. Printmaking, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation and mixed media are all represented by some of the most exciting artists from across the country and beyond. This year 1833 artists submitted over 3500 works of which around 600 works make it into the final exhibition. A selection panel assesses every entry. This year's selectors include RWA Academicians Fiona Robinson, Ros Ford, Seyed Edalatpour, Andrew Muñoz 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.

All work is for sale and can be viewed and purchased online as well as by visiting the galleries. Last year the exhibition attracted over 10,000 visitors. This year, due to Covid-19, the number of people entering the building is restricted. Tickets are bookable in slots every half an hour. The academy advise that you allow between 1 and 2 hours for your visit. The galleries close at 4pm.

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