Guidelines for applying for Academy Membership (click here).
Guidelines for applying for Associate Membership (click here).
The South West Academy is a registered charity dedicated to advancing
the creation and appreciation of art in the South West of Britain. Its core membership, the
are outstanding practitioners of fine and applied arts with varied practices, backgrounds and styles.
The Academy works to contribute to the cultural life of our region through
an annual calendar
of exhibitions and events. Each year the Academy holds two large-scale exhibitions: early in the year,
the Academicians Exhibition showcases the work of its members. This is followed by the annual Open Exhibition, a juried show which
invites entries from anyone in the region.
The Open Exhibition features the Young Artists Award,
part of the Academy's ongoing programme of work with schools and young people.
The Annual Drecki Lecture
is a presentation given by outstanding artists and others in the field of the arts, and has even taken
the form of a dramatic presentation.
The work of the Academy is made possible by the the generous support from a range of sponsors. Practical, financial and
artistic support comes from the Friends of the Academy, whose
efforts have underpinned the organization from its beginnings.
If you're interested in becoming a Friend of the Academy, you can find out more here.
If you are interested in volunteering for an event please get in touch via the Contact page.
You can find out more about the history and mission of the Academy on the Academy Page -
and browse recent events on our news page.
The South West Academy's new publication, Art, People, Place is a lavishly illustrated book full featuring
high-quality reproductions of the work of our academicians, and gives a fascinating insight into their private worlds and the history of the Academy.
It can be found in selected book shops and also via this website.
• Winter Exhibition / Ken Cosgrove: A portrait demonstration by award-winning SWAc Associate Ken Cosgrove. Working with a life model, Ken will talk through many aspects of portrait drawing including set up and lighting, gesture, anatomy, expression and likeness.
• Winter Exhibition / Ray Balkwill: A guided tour of the exhibition by exhibiting SWAc Academican Ray Balkwill. Join the highly respected regional artist Ray Balkwill as he introduces the exhibition and talks more about his influences and techniques.
The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts
Registered Charity No. 1087350
Company Registration No. 4243361
A charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales
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