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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 academicians, 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 organisation from its beginnings.

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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.

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Works For Sale
Young Artists
Browse through many works for sale by Academicians, including paintings and sculpture

Explore the work and backgrounds of the South West Academy's Academicians.

View work by winners and runners up of the SWAc's Young Artist Award

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News Headlines

◉ Members of the South West Academy have donated work to be auctioned at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery on March 2nd at 7pm in aid of Honiton’s Admiral Nurse Campaign and Thelma Hulbert Gallery

◉ Associate Member Jo Vollers: Congratulations to Associate member Jo Vollers who has been taken on by the London Gallery, Cricket Fine Art, Park Walk, Chelsea.

◉ Academician Jane Hodgson has been selected as a finalist for the Devon Life magazine Landscape Artist of the Year

◉ John Hurford Hon SWAc: SWAc Trustees have awarded Honorary status to longstanding member of the Academy, John Hurford, in recognition of his work for the Academy.

◉ Robert Mountjoy Film: Film documenting SWAc at Delamore Park Gallery 2017 by Academician Robert Mountjoy  

◉ Friends of the Academy: Become a Friend or Best Friend of the Academy

Upcoming Exhibitions

September 9th - October 7th 2017 

 - Academicians' Exhibition at the Penwith Gallery

November 14th - November 25th 2017

 - Open Exhibition, Exeter Castle 

Recent Exhibitions

Academicians Exhibition at Penwith Gallery

A Short film by Robert Mountjoy showing the 2017 Academicians Exhibition at Penwith Gallery 

Academicians Exhibition 2016 and 2017

A Short film by Robert Mountjoy showing the 2017 Academicians Exhibition at Delamore Park 

A Short film by Robert Mountjoy showing the 2016 Academicians Exhibition at Delamore Park

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