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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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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.

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.

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's Annual Academicians Exhibition will feature in the Delamore Arts Festival which is supporting the Moor Vision Charity for blind and partially sighted children in Devon
 Yeovil Hospital Charity: Artists from the South West Academy help to raise £3,500 for Yeovil Hospital Charity by exhibiting in Sherborne Abbey

 Mary Gillett: Summer printmaking courses at Tamar Print Workshop
 Michael Norman: Academician receives Derwent Sponsor’s Award 2016 award from Ann Widdecombe at the Pastel Society's Annual Exhibition
 Robert Jennings: Remembering Robert Jennings FRSA SWAc
 Peter Randall-Page: Update on projects and exhibitions
 Academicians lead the way in a programme of workshops and talks at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery!
Upcoming Exhibitions
Open Exhibition 2016
The 2016 Open Exhibition will run from 12th - 17th September at Exeter Castle, with over £1,000 in prizes. Further information and entry forms will be available here from May.

Recent Exhibitions
Academicians Exhibition 2016
Academicians Exhibition featured workshops and talks from Academicians
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