RWA presents a special exhibition by leading Bristol-born photographer Jem Southam.

Jem Southam is known for his diligently observed landscape photography, documenting subtle changes in an environment over time and often photographing his surroundings in the South West of England.

This exhibition runs parallel with the RWA Photography Open Exhibition. Your ticket includes entry to both exhibitions.

A Bend in the River displays a series structured in two parts: arrival (at dusk) and departure (at dawn). The images were all taken at a particular spot on a riverbank where Southam became lost in contemplation one December evening. He then returned to the same spot each day during winter. Over the following five years, between 2015-2020, Southam continued creating the series in the same location, spending time at the river bend, watching and waiting for a moment to present itself. The ever-changing surface of the water, passing clouds, trees waving in the breeze, ducks gliding across the river and swans flying to roost caught Southam’s attention, and what began as just a passing digital photo led to powerful ongoing series of deeply affecting, attentive photography.

RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

Queen's Road, Bristol, Greater Bristol, BS8 1PX

01179 735129


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Temporarily closed - Opening 22 February

Closed until February 2022 for a major refurb 

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