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Films on the Open Exhibition 2018:
A Short Film on The Open Exhibition 2018 Click here to view
Special Feature: A Short Film on In Celebration of Women Click here to view


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The Selection Panel normally meets annually in January.
Applications should be received by December 3rd prior to the Panel meeting.

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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

◉ Tony Williams: Academician Tony Williams has been elected as an associate member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists A.R.S.M.A.

◉ Alan Cotton: Studio Exhibition at Colaton Raleigh - a collection of new Transylvanian paintings together with work from Provence, Venice, Piemonte and Hartland in North Devon

◉ Academy Artists will be exhibiting as part of the The Big Colyton Art Show, 12th-14th October 2018 Colyton Grammar School, Whitwell Lane, Colyton, EX24 6HN

◉ Peter Randall Page:  Visit the Touchstone sculpture by Academician Peter Randall-Page at the Oval Triangle, London.

◉ Robert Mountjoy Film: Film documenting SWAc at Thelma Hulbert Gallery 2018 

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

Open Exhibition 2018:
November 11th - 23rd 

For instructions on how to prepare and label work for the exhibition click here

Recent Exhibitions

South West Academy at Delamore 2018

a video about the South West Academy Exhibition at Delamore Arts, Devon during May 2018  

Academicians Exhibition at Penwith Gallery

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

Open Exhibition 2017

View the 2017 Open Exhibition Catalogue

Academicians Exhibition 2016 and 2017

a short video showing a visit to SWAc at Delamore 

a short video showing a visit to SWAc at Delamore

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