The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art – Annual Open Exhibition 2023

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The 2023 Annual Open Exhibition at the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art (RCamA)
7 January – 25 February 1 April 2023

Extended by popular demand

Richard is proud to be exhibiting his drypoint and watercolour print Pipit (Easy Rider) at the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art (RCamA) 2023 Annual Open Exhibition in Conwy.

This is the first time Richard will be included in this prestigious exhibition - the longest running annual open in Wales.



Formed in 1881 and constituted in 1882 by Queen Victoria, the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art (RCamA) is a unique institution in Wales - an independent charity supporting Welsh art and artists, where art is encouraged, made, exhibited and debated. With over 100 artist members (both the Associate Members and Full Members [Academcians]) whose work is exhibited and sold at the gallery based in Conwy. The academy promotes up and coming artists of quality, mounts contemporary and historical exhibitions, and offers a lively programme of education and community workshops.

Royal Cambrian Academy of Art monogram

Originally based in Llandudno, where there were already a number of commercial art galleries in the town, catering for the growing tourist trade. In 1885 local landowner Lord Mostyn offered the lease of his neglected Elizabethan mansion Plas Mawr, in Conwy to the nascent Academy.Plas Mawr, or the Great Hall, is quite simply the finest surviving Elizabethan town house anywhere in Britain.

Although an impressive historic building, Plas Mawr was not a natural gallery, and in 1896 an annexe was added to house the Victoria Gallery, which holds the annual exhibition to the current day. In 1994 inspired by then president Sir Kyffin Williams, the Academy pursued its greatest opportunity for development by relinquishing responsibility for the historic Plas Mawr. Plans were approved to refurbish the disused Capel Seion next door as a dedicated art gallery to become the new home of the RCamA.

New home of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art

The Academy holds nine exhibitions per year and has an extensive and lively education programme. The Academy is honoured to have HRH Prince of Wales as Patron and Honorary Artist Member (HonRCamA) of the Royal Cambrian Academy.



Conwy Castle, Conwy, Wales
The walled town of Conwy and its dark-stoned castle evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere. Spectacular views from the fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and town walls down into the narrow streets and across the estuary. There’s history at almost every turn – Elizabethan Plas Mawr, Aberconwy House, Thomas Telford’s castellated suspension bridge, quirky ‘smallest house’. Conwy’s Tourist Information Centre has a flagship exhibition that tells the story of the Princes of Gwynedd with imaginative interactive displays. Other attractions include river cruises, art gallery and RSPB nature reserve with recently improved visitor centre. Bodnant Garden, the new Bodnant Welsh Food Centre and the start of the Cambrian Way long-distance path all nearby.
Visit Snowdonia – the official tourism website for the Snowdonia Mountains and Coast Area


Images courtesy of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art (RCamA), Conwy, Wales.


5th December 2022