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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.

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.

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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

◉  The Power of Three Exhibition features Alan Gregory (Friend of the Academy), Clare Jenkinson and Chris Pitman at the Artizan Gallery, Lucius St, Torquay, TQ2 5UW, between August 1st and 29th 

Academician John Hurford's Nature Paintings: at the Brownston Gallery, Modbury. Private View  6th  July 2017 6-8pm. RSVP to the Gallery   

◉ Academicians to feature in Auction of Art Works: Auction in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support on October 4th (public view of works in St Stephens Church, Exeter 29th/30th September) 

◉ SWAc Associate member, Sara Bor, features in The Edge of Landscape: exhibition at The Plough Art Centre, Torrington 7th-29th July 2017

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

◉ Charity Presentation: The Academy presents cheques to the Alzheimer's Society and Home Start

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

Recent Exhibitions

Open Exhibition 2016

The Open Exhibition at Exeter Castle - see details of prizes and prizewinners, and photographs of the show

Short film by Robert Mountjoy - showing the academicians Exhibition at Delamore.

Upcoming Exhibitions

May 1st-31st 2017

Delamore Park Gallery, Ivybridge

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