Royal Cambrian Academy
The Academy, founded in 1881, was granted a Royal Charter the following year, in 1882. It has its Headquarters in Plas Mawr, an Elizabethan building in the centre of Conway in North Wales. Built between 1570 and 1595, the house is still in its original state with almost all of the original plasterwork surviving. It is recognized as being the finest example of an Elizabethan town mansion in Wales. The Academy's annual Summer Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture is held there and is open to non-members on selection of works by a judging panel. The Royal Cambrian Academy is devoted to the visual arts in Wales and the membership of over 115 Academicians includes many of Wales' most popular and highly respected artists. In addition, there is a continuous calendar of exhibitions throughout the remainder of the year, all of which are open daily for public viewing. Illustrious members have included Kyffin Williams and Augustus John.