Royal Cambrian Academy

Previous Exhibitions

Discover some of our previous events

Upper Gallery
9 Jan 16- 20 Jan 16
The Open 2016

The Open 2016

Exhibition Opens at 2pm at the Royal Cambrian Academy. This is a mixed exhibition showcasing up and coming Artists from all over Wales. Also running concurrently, is the Young Wales/Cymru Ifanc 2016 - an exhibition of work by young artists in Wales. Aged between 15 and 25 years of age, The Royal Cambrian is proud to encourage and exhibit work by the younger generation and be the first gallery to support them in their artistic careers.

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Upper Gallery
27 Feb 16- 2 Apr 16
Lesley Barker RCA - "Cuttings"

Lesley Barker RCA - "Cuttings"

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Lower Gallery
27 Feb 16- 2 Apr 16
Tom Jones RCA

Tom Jones RCA

Celebrating two decades as a member of the RCA, an exhibition of castles, farms and water that have given Tom the inspiration for his work.

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Upper Gallery Lower Gallery
9 Apr 16- 7 May 16
4 Artists - 4 Journeys Ken Elias RCA, Heather Eastes RCA, Ceri Thomas RCA & Gustavius Payne

4 Artists - 4 Journeys Ken Elias RCA, Heather Eastes RCA, Ceri Thomas RCA & Gustavius Payne

Ken Elias, Heather Eastes, Ceri Thomas & Gustavius Payne

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Lower Gallery
14 May 16- 11 Jun 16
Alan Salisbury RCA

Alan Salisbury RCA

A Retrospective

Alan Salisbury RCA 

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Upper Gallery
14 May 16- 11 Jun 16
In the Round an Exhibition of Sculpture and Drawings

In the Round an Exhibition of Sculpture and Drawings

Artists: Bev Bell-Hughes, Wendy Lawrence, Sally Matthews, Wendy Mayer, Pea Restall, Meri Wells & Stephen West

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Upper Gallery
18 Jun 16- 16 Jul 16
Elaine Preece Stanley

Elaine Preece Stanley

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Lower Gallery
18 Jun 16- 16 Jul 16
Leo Carroll RCA

Leo Carroll RCA

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Upper Gallery
18 Jun 16- 17 Jul 16
Peter Kettle RCA

Peter Kettle RCA

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All Galleries
23 Jul 16- 3 Sep 16

The Annual Summer Exhibition

134th Annual Summer Exhibition

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All Galleries
23 Jul 16- 4 Sep 16
134th ANNUAL SUMMER EXHIBITION

134th ANNUAL SUMMER EXHIBITION

THE 134TH ANNUAL SUMMER EXHIBITION - SHOWCASING THE LARGEST SELECTION OF WORK BY ROYAL CAMBRIAN ACADEMICIANS 

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All Galleries
10 Sep 16- 15 Oct 16
RE-TAKE RE-INVENT

RE-TAKE RE-INVENT

A project devised, curated and managed by Andrew Smith, Director of Fine Art, Bangor University. This project is made up of practising artists, many of whom are tutors on the BA Fine Art degree course / MA Fine Art degree course at Bangor University.

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Attic Gallery,Swansea
14 Oct 16- 12 Nov 16
Royal Cambrian Academy in Swansea

Royal Cambrian Academy in Swansea

For this exhibition Attic Gallery have invited Members to contribute to a group exhibition to demonstrate the range and quality of work produced by them.

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All Galleries
22 Oct 16- 19 Nov 16
'By Invitation' 2016

'By Invitation' 2016

By Invitation 22nd October - 19th November

Opens at 2.00 pm Saturday 22nd October


An exhibition of notable contemporary artists, Welsh or working in Wales - invited by RCA President Jeremy Yates and fellow member Peter Archer to produce what promises to be a memorable exhibition.

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Upper Gallery Lower Gallery
26 Nov 16- 2 Jan 17

Christmas Exhibition

Affordable works of art from RCA members.

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All Galleries
7 Jan 17- 4 Feb 17
OPEN ART EXHIBITION

OPEN ART EXHIBITION

A selected exhibition submitted by non-members of the Academy, offering a broad range of subjects and media.

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Upper Gallery
11 Feb 17- 18 Mar 17
Christine Kowal Post - 'They Think They Are Fallen Angels'

Christine Kowal Post - 'They Think They Are Fallen Angels'

'They Think They Are Fallen Angels'

As humans we like to think of ourselves as apart from the rest of the World. We are not mere animals, we have consciousness, we are spiritual, we are Fallen Angels made in the image of God.

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Lower Gallery
11 Feb 17- 18 Mar 17
Malcolm Ryan RCA - 'Night Paintings'

Malcolm Ryan RCA - 'Night Paintings'

Malcolm Ryan RCA - 'Night Paintings'

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Lower Gallery
25 Mar 17- 29 Apr 17
Diane Lawrenson - Nightmares & Demons

Diane Lawrenson - Nightmares & Demons

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All Galleries
6 May 17- 10 Jun 17
TEN New Members of the RCA

TEN New Members of the RCA

The RCA introduces TEN New Members: Josh Bowe - David Brightmore - Mick Brown - Ann Catrin Evans - Susan Gathercole - Gareth Griffith - David Jones - Elfyn Lewis - Gareth Nash - Alan Palmer

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Upper Gallery
17 Jun 17- 22 Jul 17
Graham Cox RCA

Graham Cox RCA

Approaches to Landscape

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Upper Gallery
16 Sep 17- 14 Oct 17
Jan Gardner RCA - Reveries

Jan Gardner RCA - Reveries

Reveries - New works by Jan Gardner RCA

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Lower Gallery
16 Sep 17- 14 Oct 17
Paul Joyner RCA Eiconau Cymreig - Welsh Icons

Paul Joyner RCA Eiconau Cymreig - Welsh Icons

Paul Joyner RCA 

Eiconau Cymreig - Welsh Icons

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Lower Gallery
21 Oct 17- 12 Nov 17
GILLY THOMAS RCA

GILLY THOMAS RCA

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Upper Gallery
21 Oct 17- 11 Nov 17
CLIVE HICKS-JENKINS RCA

CLIVE HICKS-JENKINS RCA

Garry Barker: Philip Cooper: Geoffrey Coupland: Orson Coupland: Neil Hadfield: Jonny Hannah: Sharon Hannah: Peter Lloyd: Desdemona McCannon: Chichi Parish: Sarah Raphael-Balme: Sarah Thwaites: Ian Whadcock: Abi Whitehouse

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All Galleries
18 Nov 17- 2 Dec 17
NOVA 2017

NOVA 2017

Nova is a biennial arts prize that is open to submission for all Welsh visual artists aged thirty-five or under and can be free to enter.

Nova aims to support and promote excellence in emerging Welsh art through offering artists the chance to have their work seen by our panel of high profile selectors, alongside being selected to exhibit their work, at the RCA, Conwy, as part of the inaugural Nova exhibition in November 2017.


The selection panel for Nova 2017 are:
Bedwyr Williams; Alfredo Cramerotti; Hannah Firth; Bruce Haines; Emily Weiner; Susan Liggett


Alongside inclusion as part of the Nova exhibition, there are a range of prizes and bursaries for exhibitors to win.

This year's exhibiting artists are:

Billy Bagilhole; Hannah Barnes; Ethan Beswick; Tom Cardew; Paolo Carzana; Philip Cheater; Catrin Davies; Rebecca Davies; Rory Duckhouse; Paul Eastwood; Lisa Evans; Alexander Fell; Mohamed Hassan; Alys Jones; John Lawrence; Jessica Lloyd-Jones; Catrin Llwyd; Gweni Llwyd; Hope Mappley; Eva Masterman; Catrin Menai; Elin Meredydd; Hannah Prescott; Alice Roberts; Anne J Steves; Aled Simons; AJ Stockwell; Jennifer Taylor; Alana Tyson; Samuel Whitaker; Ellie Young


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All Galleries
6 Dec 17- 30 Dec 17
MEMBERS CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION

MEMBERS CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION

This winter we’re delighted once again, to host our popular Members Christmas Exhibition at the gallery here in Conwy


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All Galleries
6 Jan 18- 10 Feb 18
Open 2018

Open 2018

A selected exhibition of work submitted by non-members of the Academy.

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All Galleries
17 Feb 18- 17 Mar 18
NEW MEMBERS OF THE RCA

NEW MEMBERS OF THE RCA

In 2017 the Academy elected eight new members, these new members have been invited to exhibit at the RCA in a joint exhibition.  

This exhibition showcases work by RCA members - David Bower, Lynne Cartlidge, Carl Chapple, Patricia McParlin, Barry Morris, Ondre Nowakowski, Wil Rowlands and Vivienne Williams.

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Lower Gallery
19 Mar 18- 28 Apr 18
SUSAN GATHERCOLE RCA

SUSAN GATHERCOLE RCA

Blwyddyn o Grochenwaith,  Planhigion a Phatrymau - A Year of Pottery, Plants and Pattern

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Upper Gallery
19 Mar 18- 28 Apr 18
JOHN HEDLEY RCA

JOHN HEDLEY RCA

Gwaith ar y Gweill Ffurfiau Naturiol Crete ac Ynys Mon - Work in Progress, Natural Forms Crete and Ynys Mon

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Upper Gallery
19 Mar 18- 28 Apr 18
PETER HOLLOWAY RCA

PETER HOLLOWAY RCA

Gorwel Disgyrchiant Ffurf Gwacter - Horizon Gravity Form Emptiness

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Lower Gallery
5 May 18- 30 Jun 18
ANGERDD I GYMRU - A PASSION FOR WALES

ANGERDD I GYMRU - A PASSION FOR WALES

Yn Cofio Celf Kyffin Williams PPRCA Centenary Celebration

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All Galleries
3 Jul 18- 8 Sep 18
136th ANNUAL SUMMER EXHIBITION

136th ANNUAL SUMMER EXHIBITION

Glannau Epig a Byddoedd Mewnol - Epic Shores and Inner Worlds

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Upper Gallery
15 Sep 18- 20 Oct 18
TRWY WAHODDIAD - BY INVITATION

TRWY WAHODDIAD - BY INVITATION

Stephen West AFG yn curadu ddetholiad o artistiaid Cymreig, peintiwr, ceramegwyr a cherflynwyd - Stephen West RCA curates his selection of Welsh artists, painters, ceramicists and sculptors

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Lower Gallery
15 Sep 18- 20 Oct 18
SHANI RHYS JAMES AFG/RCA

SHANI RHYS JAMES AFG/RCA

Preswyliaeth Efrog Newydd - New York Residency


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Upper Gallery Lower Gallery
27 Oct 18- 29 Dec 18
ROGER CECIL

ROGER CECIL

Join us today, Saturday 27 October at 2pm for the opening of this exhibition.

Arddangosfa wedi'i drefnu gyda'r ystâd Roger Cecil a Peter Wakelin awdur y Llyfr 'A Secret Artist' - An exhibition organised with the Roger Cecil estate and Peter Wakelin author of the book 'A Secret Artist'.

Roger Cecil (1942-2015) has been described as one of the great abstract artists of his generation, yet in his lifetime he was hardly known outside a circle of fellow painters. He was content to paint for himself, protecting his privacy and exhibiting rarely. If he did show his work, collectors rushed to acquire it. Among curators, he was a legendary figure.

At art college in the early 1960s he was a star of his generation, but he walked out on a scholarship to the Royal College of Art and returned to practise on his own in the South Wales mining village and terraced house where he grew up. He devoted himself to painting, living simply and working as a casual labourer, opencast miner and art tutor while producing work of extraordinary beauty and sophistication. After his parents’ deaths the whole house became his studio.


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Lower Gallery
27 Oct 18- 22 Dec 18
ARDDANGOSFA GAEAF AELODAU AFG - RCA MEMBERS WINTER EXHIBITION

ARDDANGOSFA GAEAF AELODAU AFG - RCA MEMBERS WINTER EXHIBITION

Detholiad o weithiau fforddiadwy i'w gwerthu oddi ar y wal - A selection of affordable works for sale off the wall

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Upper Gallery Lower Gallery
1 Jan 19- 9 Feb 19
OPEN EXHIBITION 2019

OPEN EXHIBITION 2019

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for the opening of our annual Open Art Exhibition 2019, on 5 January. The exhibition runs until 9 February, and the work is available for sale. 

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Upper Gallery
13 Feb 19- 16 Mar 19
DAVID WOODFORD "Mangre yn y Meddwl" "A Place in the Mind"

DAVID WOODFORD "Mangre yn y Meddwl" "A Place in the Mind"

Celebrating the artist's 80th birthday, this exhibition features over 50 pieces of work for sale. 

F'ech gwahoddir i agoriad swyddogol yr arddangosfa Dydd Sadwrn 16 Chwefror 2019 am 2yp.

You are invited to the private view of the exhibition at 2pm on Saturday 16 February 2019.



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Lower Gallery
13 Feb 19- 16 Mar 19
TOM JONES RCA 1936-2017 A Retrospective

TOM JONES RCA 1936-2017 A Retrospective

Known for his architechtural drawings and bold pastel work, the RCA celebrates the work of Tom Jones.

F'ech gwahoddir i agoriad swyddogol yr arddangosfa Dydd Sadwrn 16 Chwefror 2019 am 2yp.

You are invited to the private view of the exhibition at 2pm on Saturday 16 February 2019.


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Lower Gallery
16 Feb 19- 16 Mar 19
Tom Jones RCA

Tom Jones RCA

Tom Jones RCA 1936 - 2017

A Retrospective

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Upper Gallery
23 Mar 19- 27 Apr 19
KEITH GARDNER RCA: RETROSPECTIVE 'FORTY YEARS A MEMBER'

KEITH GARDNER RCA: RETROSPECTIVE 'FORTY YEARS A MEMBER'

Best known for his impressionistic oil paintings of the North Wales landscape, Keith Gardner has been a member of the RCA for 40 years. We celebrate his work in this exhibition featuring over 120 paintings.

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Lower Gallery
23 Mar 19- 27 Apr 19
KEITH GARDNER

KEITH GARDNER

Keith Gardner - Retrospective Exhibition

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Upper Gallery
23 Mar 19- 27 Apr 19
WIL ROWLANDS RCA: ERYDU 2 - EROSION 2

WIL ROWLANDS RCA: ERYDU 2 - EROSION 2

Erosion 2 - Erydu 2

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Upper Gallery
23 Mar 19- 27 Apr 19
ANDREW SMITH RCA: COLURIAU - COLOURSCAPES

ANDREW SMITH RCA: COLURIAU - COLOURSCAPES

"Colour must be felt. It is something instinctive" Andrew Smith RCA


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Lower Gallery
4 May 19- 1 Jun 19
PHILIPPA JACOBS RCA - FOUR QUARTETS

PHILIPPA JACOBS RCA - FOUR QUARTETS

An exhibition of paintings based on T.S. Eliot's poem

Arddangosfa o peintiadau yn seiliedig ar gerdd T.S. Eliot

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Upper Gallery
4 May 19- 1 Jun 19
ANN LEWIS RCA - THE WATERFALL YEARS

ANN LEWIS RCA - THE WATERFALL YEARS

Ann Lewis' iconic linocuts of Welsh waterfalls made between 1996-2019 

Torluniau leino eiconig Ann Lewis o rhaeadrau Cymreig a wnaed rhwng 1996-2019

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Upper Gallery
4 May 19- 1 Jun 19
DAVID JONES RCA - FROM MY IMAGINATION

DAVID JONES RCA - FROM MY IMAGINATION

"My main aims are to create a world from my imagination..."

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Upper Gallery
8 Jun 19- 13 Jul 19
KAREL LEK RCA AT 90

KAREL LEK RCA AT 90

Celebrating Karel Lek's 90th Birthday

Please join us at the opening:

2pm Saturday 8 June 2019.

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Lower Gallery
8 Jun 19- 13 Jul 19
ALAN PALMER RCA - FLIGHTS OF FANCY

ALAN PALMER RCA - FLIGHTS OF FANCY

Please join us at the opening: 

2pm Saturday 8 June 2019.


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