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

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News Headlines
 Alan Bourne and Lar Cann: Exhibition at The Plymouth History Center, Saturday 21 January - Saturday 4 March 2017.
 Portrait Competition moves closer to final: Academician Greg Mason will feature in the SKY Arts Portrait Competition heat on February 14th 8-9pm hosted by Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner.
 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
Jan 14th-Feb 25th 2017
Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
May 1st-31st 2017
Delamore Park Gallery, Ivybridge
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