SWAcThe 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 calander 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 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.

You can find out more about the Academy, its events and how to get involved by visiting our website:

South West Academy