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About the RCA

A vibrant arts hub brimming with Welsh artistic expression since 1881. The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art champions contemporary Welsh artists, fostering a dynamic space that connects with the local community and art enthusiasts. As a registered charity, we're passionate about showcasing the best of Welsh artistic talent.

A Treasure Trove of Works by Leading Welsh Artists

Our ever-changing exhibition program features over 100 members, each bringing their unique voice to the Welsh artistic landscape. Captivating solo exhibitions and engaging group shows highlight the diverse styles and stories within Welsh art. There's always something fresh to discover! Our dynamic exhibitions keep you coming back for more. You could even see your work displayed alongside established artists at the popular Annual Open Exhibition, a renowned platform for artists of all levels.

A Legacy of Championing Welsh Art

The RCA's story begins with a group of artists inspired by the dramatic landscapes of North Wales. In the late 19th century, they established themselves in the Conwy Valley, culminating in the formation of the Cambrian Academy of Art in 1881. Queen Victoria's royal patronage in 1882 cemented the Academy's role in promoting Welsh artistic excellence. You can find out more about our history here

Building on a Rich Artistic Heritage

The Royal Cambrian Academy has proudly evolved since its founding. Eminent Welsh artist Sir Kyffin Williams, who served as president during the 1990s, actively expanded the membership to encompass a wider range of artistic voices from across Wales. Today, the Academy is led by its first woman president, printmaker Ann Lewis, elected in 2020, a far cry from the early 'men only' days.

A Vibrant Future for Welsh Art

The RCA offers a bustling exhibition program alongside an extensive and lively education program. Looking forward, the RCA remains dedicated to fostering artistic talent in Wales, providing a platform for established and emerging artists, and ensuring that Welsh art continues to thrive for generations to come.

Your Support Makes a Difference

As a registered charity, the RCA relies on the generosity of visitors and art enthusiasts like you to continue our mission. Your donations enable us to host exciting exhibitions, offer inspiring workshops, and nurture the next generation of Welsh artists. Consider making a donation today and help us keep Welsh creativity flourishing. You can easily make a donation here.

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