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Image: Vivienne Baker (b.1965), Opaline, 2000, oil on canvas, 162 x 187.5cm © the artist. RWA Collection. Photo © RWA

Joining two recent acquisitions by Albert Irvin, the exhibition includes historic works by many of the RWA’s well-known members, such as Mary Fedden, Julian Trevelyan, Anne Redpath, David Inshaw and Dame Elisabeth Frink, as well as contemporary works by recent members such as Adelaide Damoah, Paul Thirkell and Leslie Glenn Damhus.

Many of the historic works, still as fresh and interesting as when they were first produced, will receive their first showing in many years, in the largest exhibition of the collection in recent times.

The exhibition aims to celebrate the diversity of styles, genres and media which has created a collection of significance in the South West, a legacy of beauty and creativity for everyone to enjoy for years to come.

Free exhibition tours take place every Tuesday at 12pm, starting from the 12 October. Tours last approximately 35-40 minutes. Meet at the entrance to sanctuary.

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