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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

◉ SWAc Winter Exhibition: Don't miss out on SWAc winter exhibition at the Thelma Hulbert gallery reports Ali Witchell in the Paper For Honiton.

◉ Academician Phil Creek leads Memory Cafe event at Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

◉ Academician Martin Dutton’s illustrated autobiography is now available. The book is 222 pages with 283 illustrations mainly of his paintings.

◉ Simon Butler talk:  If you missed SWAc Trustee, Simon Butler's illustrated talk in November then read all about it here...

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

◉ 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

Winter Exhibition
at Thelma Hulbert Gallery

January 12th - February 9th 2019

Exhibition Archive

Catch up with our recent and past exhibitions here:

Open Exhibitions

2018 Watch Film ➙ 

2017 View catalogue ➙ 

South West Academy at Thelma Hulbert

2018 Watch Film ➙ 

2017 Watch Film ➙ 

South West Academy at Delamore

2018 Watch Film ➙ 

2017 Watch Film ➙ 

2016 Watch Film ➙ 

South West Academy at Penwith

2016 Watch Film ➙ 

2020 Watch This Space 

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