Help Us Light up Lives with Art

by RWA (Royal West of England Academy) in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

We did it
On 28th March 2022 we successfully raised £100,449 ( + est. £2401.50 Gift Aid ) with 270 supporters in 35 days

Help us raise £100,000 to make Bristol’s beautiful RWA the most accessible art gallery between St Ives and London! And double your donation

by RWA (Royal West of England Academy) in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

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RWA (Royal West of England Academy) 28th March 2022

Thank you Ali Shannon for donating to the project, and sorry that you had problems with the site - and hence we put your donation through for you and it has accidentally been credited as me (Alison Bevan). I have donated to the project, but this one wasn't me. If anyone else is having trouble donating, do please let me know: alison.bevan at and THANK YOU!

Dr PJ Crook 25th March 2022

Hello Alison and Fiona, As requested I have made a donation to your crowdfunder of £1,000 which magically of course turned into £2,000. Hope this helpful. Good Luck. I'm sure you'll make the rest by Monday Love and blessings, PJ

Alison Bevan 18th March 2022

I’m so proud to be involved with this project, which really will light up lives with art for generations to come. I’m asking so many friends to support, and am so grateful to those that have donated, I felt I must do too. Plus I REALLY want Trevor’s gorgeous print!

Kathy Curling 10th March 2022

Kathy Curling I am so excited about the RWA's imminent re-opening, with Art at the heart of the warm welcome awaiting everyone. Well done team for giving the RWA such a bright and inclusive future.

Karen 27th February 2022

Fabulous gallery and cafe space and Bristol is an amazing city I was lucky to move to 10 years ago spaces bring people together


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

Thank you and online mention

Donors at this level will receive our grateful thanks and an online mention, acknowledging their donation

£10 or more

20 of 150 claimed

RWA Tote bag

A brightly coloured RWA branded tote bag, with the RWA logo in white - and some postcard goodies inside

£15 or more

RWA Art Pass

A year of art! The RWA Art Pass gives unlimited free entry to all the exhibitions at the RWA for a year, including Me, Myself, I: Artists' Self-Portraits; Earth: Digging Deep in British Art (1781-2022) and the RWA's renowned Annual Open Exhibition, now in its 169th iteration.

£20 or more

27 of 40 claimed

Cake and Curator Tour: Me, Myself, I

Enjoy delicious cake, followed by an informative tour of Me, Myself, I: Artists' Self-Portraits with one of the exhibition's curators (date in May to be confirmed)

£50 or more

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Collage and Cava

A fun-filled, creative and sociable workshop in the new RWA Drawing School Studio, with a glass (or two) of bubbly (or non alcoholic alternative) to aid the creative process. Tuesday 17 May 2022 (evening)

£150 or more

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New limited edition print by Trevor Haddrell RWA

A signed and numbered print of a brand new work by RWA Academician, Trevor Haddrell, inspired by the view of the sky through the RWA roof lanterns, and the Light and Inspiration project. You will receive one of the first 20 of a limited edition of 75 of these unique wood engraving prints (approx 30cm x 30cm) by this popular artist.

£300 or more

Patron for a year

Become a Bronze Patron for a year. Enjoy a host of special RWA events, including a convivial lunch in the galleries and exclusive access to artists, curators and exhibitions

£450 or more

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Exclusive Visit to the Studio of Eileen Cooper RA

A visit to the studio of past Keeper of the Royal Academy, Eileen Cooper RA, who was the first woman in the role. You and your guest will be welcomed by Eileen to her studio on Saturday 14 May, in London, accompanied by RWA Director, Alison Bevan (transport not included)

£1,000 or more

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Host an event in the RWA's stunning galleries

Use of the RWA's stunning main galleries for an evening event, with an introduction to the exhibition by a curator (catering not included)

£5,000 or more

Circle of Light & Inspiration donor + Gold Patron

Join our Circle of Light and Inspiration donors, credited in the entrance lobby of the RWA; plus Gold Patrons membership for a year, which includes free entry to all exhibitions for you and up to three guests, invitation to an exclusive viewing of each exhibition in advance of general opening; out-of-hours and/or behind-the-scenes access by arrangement; a personal tour of each major exhibition led by the Director and/or exhibition curator

£100 or more

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Light and Inspiration: the reveal

A private tour, led by RWA Director Alison Bevan, of the newly transformed RWA, just days before we open the doors to the public, with refreshments (afternoon of Tuesday 26 April)

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