RWA Bristol


The RWA is a stunning art gallery, it’s intimate size and captivating exhibits means it’s a wonderful space to host meetings or seminars as well as celebrations. Bristol’s first art gallery, the RWA is located in the heart of city. As the UK’s only regional Royal Academy of Art it is a hugely important building in Bristol landscape, cultural offering and history.

Located opposite the picturesque Victoria Room fountains, this venue offers incredible views over the city and into Clifton from it’s large balcony – also the ideal spot for a glass of fizz in the summer.

With over 1700 items within the permanent collection including drawings, paintings, artefacts and sculptures from artists who have strong affiliations with the South West or are an Academician. In addition to the permanent collection, the RWA offers an ever changing exhibition – constantly evolving dependent on the theme, season or trends in art. With so many items on display, it makes this venue ideal for networking or corporate events as guests can interact and explore whilst discussions are sparked.

After a donation by portrait artist Ellen Sharples, the RWA was commission and built in 1849. Since it’s completion, the academy has had strong ties with locals art schools, universities and colleges helping to inspire, educate and provide opportunity. Used as a base for the US Army during the second world war, the RWA was reopened as an art gallery in 1950, despite needing major restoration. In 1998 the RWA Millennium Appeal was launched, allowing for much needed repair and rejuvenation of the building.

Alastair Currie Events recommends this venue for:

  • Networking
  • Corporate parties
  • Engagement events
  • Birthday parties

Address: Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1PX

A complete map and full directions can be found here.

A link to their website available here.

If you’re interested in venue hire of the RWA then click here to contact us.

Events held at RWA Bristol