158 Autumn Exhibition
Exhibition 24 October 12 December 2010
Images at http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwapress/sets/
158 Autumn Exhibition details
(FYI media invited to: Private View Saturday 23 October
Public opening: 24 October – 12 December 2010
Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol
0117 973 5129 www.rwa.org.uk
Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2-5pm
Admission: £4, concessions £2.50, children free. Free admission
day: Sat 13 Nov
The biggest exhibition of the year, an exciting mix of sculpture,
photography, architecture, painting and printmaking from both
professional and amateur artists. Featuring invited artists
Graham Crowley and graduate Samuel Miller.
and in RWA New Gallery (free entry)
Andriy Yalanskyi: Retrospective
Known as the ‘Monet of the Ukraine,’ artist Yalanskyi produces
pleasing compositions of landscapes and country scenes in oils
which have an unerring colour register and a masterly way with
29 October – 23 November
Robert Jennison RWA: Past, Present and In Between
A retrospective including work from the 1950s and 60s, and
recent paintings of still life and Dartmoor, east Devon and
26 November – 24 December
Association of Contemporary Jewellery: City
Challenging new work exploring the human scale in an urban
Please see after
More Information for associated events.
MORE INFORMATION: 158 Autumn Exhibition
Internationally renowned painter Graham Crowley and
handpicked artist of the future, UWE graduate Sam Miller, are the
invited artists at Bristol’s Royal West of England Academy’s most
popular show on the exhibition calendar, the 158 Autumn
Work by the invited artists sit alongside pieces by sculptors,
painters, architects, photographers, and printmakers, both
professional and amateur, who submit work in September for
consideration. Chosen pieces to be exhibited may also be
awarded prizes sponsored by Creative Picture Framing,
Consumer Intelligence, St Cuthbert’s Mill, UWE School of Creative
Arts, Venue Magazine, CREATE Centre, Bristol Drawing School,
and Friends of the RWA. 158 Autumn Exhibition is also sponsored
by Farrow & Ball, manufacturer of traditional papers and paint,
whose paint was used to re-decorate RWA’s Methuen Gallery for
the David Hockney exhibition, July-September 2010.
London-based Graham Crowley was part of the jury for the John
Moores Liverpool exhibition in 2008, and chair of the panel for
the Jerwood Contemporary Painters exhibition, London in 2007.
From 1998 to 2006 he was Professor of Painting at the Royal
College of Art. Graham has exhibited all over the world: Bombay,
Paris, Switzerland, Delhi, USA, Seoul and was last in Bristol – at
the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery – in 1992 for ‘Collector’s
Choice.’ His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Arts
Council England, Auckland Art Gallery, British Council, Imperial
War Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Simon Quadrat, RWA president, said he invited Graham because:
“I like his work very much: he transforms the everyday by a
wonderful use of colour; the commonplace is turned into works of
UWE graduate artist, twenty-three year old Samuel Miller was
born in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, and has travelled all over the
world. He was picked on the strength of his piece, ‘Oil Tanker
Island,’ at Bristol’s UWE graduate show at Spike Island. “It stood
out on the walls, a large painting of an oil tanker, sea collaged
with glass. Instead of oil a garden was being tended,” described
Simon. Despite obvious topical reference, it was Sam’s artistic
talent that was the draw for the invitation to submit to the
exhibition. His inspiration? “I heard that you can buy an old oil
tanker for around a thousand pounds because the oil companies
don’t want to pay for them to be decommissioned,” Sam
explained, “I want to buy one, crash it into a sandbank and live
on it with some friends, declare it a principality, make it an
“I was proud, happy about it and proud,” Sam enthused about
being an invited artist, “It’s also a nice thing to invite my Gran
to.” Most recently Sam exhibited at The Arts House in Stokes
The 158 Autumn Exhibition runs from 24 October to 12
December 2010 at Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, open
seven days a week. Associated events include exhibition tours,
painting and printmaking workshops and lectures. For more
details call 0117 973 5129 or visit www.rwa.org.uk.
Friday 22 October
2010 RWA Annual Dinner and Auction
Tickets: call Anouk Mercier on 0117 973 5129 or at
Saturday 30 October, 10am-1pm or 2-5pm
Canvas Making Workshop
Produce your own high-quality canvas for oils or acrylics, with
£30 plus £15 for materials. Fee inc exhibition entry.
Exhibition tours, Saturdays 2pm
30 October, 6 November (Chris Dunseath RWA), 13 November
(Simon Quadrat RWA President), 20 November (Peter Swan
RWA), 27 November (Neil Murison RWA), 4 December (John
Eaves RWA), 11 December (Trevor Haddrell RWA). Free with
Saturday 6 November, 2-4pm
Family Bookmaking Workshop
For 5-11 year olds and accompanying adult. £6 inc materials.
Saturday 13 November, 10am-4pm
Tone Workshop with Chris Bingle
Develop colour-mixing painting skills. www.subtlecolours.com.
£27 inc exhibition entry. Bring own oils or acrylics, or small
charge for materials.
Saturday 20 November, 11am-12.15pm.
Friends Lecture - Titian: The Last Days
Entry from 10.15am. With prize-winning writer Mark Hudson,
author of Titian: the Last Days.
Saturday 25 November
Join as an RWA Friend and enjoy a host of benefits including this
convivial event. See website or ring Jac Solomon for more details
on 0117 923 7874.
Saturday 27 November, 10am-4pm
Response Workshop with Querus
These professional sculptors will support your exploration of new
materials and unconventional techniques such as combining
printing, drawing, wax casting, mixed-media sculpture and
printing on plaster. Visit www.studioquercus.wordpress.co.uk.
£43 inc exhibition entry, plus £7 materials.
High resolution downloadable images of a selection of the
paintings are available at www.flickr.com/photos/rwapress/sets/
solely for use with media reports of this exhibition. To download
high res pictures, please click on the image you require, then
click ‘All sizes’ then click on ‘Original’, then ‘Download’.
For more information or to interview artists, please contact
Louisa Davison on 0117 973 5129 (or 01672 811 515)
The Royal West of England Academy (RWA) is one of only five
royal academies of art in the UK. It is a registered charity which
has been self-supporting for over 150 years and possesses an
outstanding Grade II* listed building, galleries and permanent
fine art collection. The RWA has HM Queen Elizabeth II as its
The RWA has seven galleries within the 19th century building. The
five upstairs galleries – Sharples, Winterstoke, Stancomb-Wills,
Methuen and Milner - host the main exhibition/s. Artists can
apply to hire the downstairs New Gallery for their own exhibitions
(which forms the New Gallery programme). In the basement are
the RWA Friends’ Room (with occasional Friends’ exhibitions),
and also the newly refurbished Fedden Gallery which often
exhibits some pieces from the RWA’s permanent collection and is
available to hire as a conference and meeting space. All gallery
spaces are available for private hire for special events, such as
weddings and parties. If members of the media would like a tour,
please contact Louisa as above.
RWA also hires out pieces from its permanent collection as part
of the ‘Art in Your Workplace’ scheme, see
The RWA is an established venue for the fine arts and embraces
an artistic awareness of the widest nature. The exhibition
programme provides a showcase for one-person and mixed
exhibitions in a variety of media, which attract large numbers of
The Academy is situated in the academic heart of Bristol at the
Clifton Triangle, where Queens Road meets Whiteladies Road,
next to Habitat and opposite the Victoria Rooms.