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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.  Click to edit

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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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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News Headlines

◉ 2017 Drecki Lecture Presentation: Honorary Academician Peter Randall-Page: May 18th 2017 at RAMM: Paper, Stone, Bronze: Recent Works of Peter Randall-Page

◉ Delamore Arts: Academicians and Associate Academicians will be exhibiting at the Delamore Park Gallery, May 1 - 31. 

◉ Janet Mitchell: Academy Associate Janet Mitchell has a solo exhibition 'Paintbox' at Bridport Arts Centre until Saturday 15th April.

◉ James Tatum: Academician James Tatum is the first Devon Life Landscape Painter of the Year. The Mayne Gallery, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1NY will feature the work of all six competition finalists between 3rd and 23rd April. 

◉ Academy Members at the Brownston Gallery: Fourteen members of the Academy will be exhibiting at the Brownston Gallery, Modbury PL21 0QR between 17th March and 17th April 2017 . 

◉ 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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