I am just in after visiting theRWA的年度开放展览今天早上。在倾盆大雨中所以之外good day for a few hours at the Royal West of England Academy of Art. But I came home with very mixed feelings (and a little wet). It wasn’t because of the lovely catch up with one of my arty friends in the new cafe (must try the cake next time!), nor was it because of the great number of wonderful paintings and drawings I found inside the RWA. As always the exhibition is huge, almost too much to take in in one visit. There is a lot to see and a lot of it is really interesting, challenging, beautiful, skilful or simply fun.
A Confession First
But I must write a disclaimer first. I might be slightly biased after all. I think I am over it by now, but who knows what’s still going on in a dark corner of my mind? The RWA has selected my work for this show every year since 2011, but this year they had other ideas. I purposefully did not go and see the show too soon to make sure I would not walk around it with gritted teeth. And I didn’t. We all get refusals and we all dust ourselves off and move on. I was expecting a good show (I heard from some great artists friends they did get selected), perhaps a slight change of direction and as always a bit of a mix.
A mix it was. I must admit I aim to write an exhibition review with just positives. I am always on the side of the artists and know how delighted they must be for getting selected. So even though I might not like everything I see, I ignore those pieces and tell you about the good bits.
But I must say that the RWA is really not doing itself any favours by selecting a lot of clearly bad art. If you want art to be in the category of ‘my little sister could have done that’ (you know the type) then you must at least have one hell of a concept going on. But if there is no concept, and no skills, you really have very little left. There were simply too many art works in this exhibition that looked like school work. It’s not naive or expressionist. And it’s fooling judges.
The two main exhibition spaces feature mostly big colourful paintings and photographs, some sculptures. Then there is the black and white room (although not restricted to drawings and prints), and another fairly colourful room with smaller pieces, and the last room might have an architectural theme, I am not sure. The black and white room works really well and has some beautiful pieces in it such as the works fromMalcolm Ashman.那安东尼康康and I am secretly in love with the cute little rabbit by凯蒂牧羊人。
Other works that stood out for me were the refined and delicate piece fromRosalind Robinson那the emotionally charged piece byLisa Stokes，（你猜出我喜欢它）Irene Jones的大型托特 - 斯基工作。Philippa Robbins'件也脱颖而出，因为它的饰品和连衣裙的精彩作用。
10月1日 - 2017年12月3日
Concessions: £4.95 (includes a 50p donation)
16S / SGS下，UOB和UWE学生：免费
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm and bank holiday Mondays. Last entry is half an hour before closing time.