The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art is an independent institution, led by distinguished artists, whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of visual art through exhibitions and education.
Constituted in 1881, the Royal Cambrian Academy is a centre for artistic excellence in Wales. It has over 100 artist members and aims to exhibit work by members of the Academy, to promote up and coming artists of quality, to mount historical exhibitions and offer a lively venue for education.
In 1934 Augustus John became their president until 1939. After the Second World War the Academy went from strength to strength.
In 1994, the Academy had its greatest opportunity for a new flourishing start. It broke its connection with Plas Mawr and now has a purpose built gallery of its own, a few yards from Plas Mawr. .