RBSA Gallery

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The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) is an artist-led charity which supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts through a range of inclusive activities.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Association or society

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 10.30 - 5.30 Saturday 10.30 - 5.00
Sunday 1.00 - 5.00
Open Bank Holidays 1.00-5.00

Admission charges

Free

Collection details

Archives, Fine Art, Personalities

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Prize exhibition

  • 4 May — 4 June 2016 *on now

With a £1,000 top prize, this annual open exhibition continues to attract exceptional talent from across the UK and beyond. See below to enter this exhibition.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/prize-exhibition-4/

sculpture

New Curators: Sculpture

  • 8 — 18 June 2016

The RBSA Gallery has delivered a New Curator project every year since 2011. The aim of the project is to enable current students or recent graduates to curate an exhibition of original artworks by Members, Associates, and guest artists.
This year, the New Curators exhibition will focus on sculpture and three-dimensional forms. The New Curators are: Lauren Hall, Stephen Kirk, Beatrice Moreira-Watkins, and Megan Prosser.
The New Curators project would not be possible without the help of RBSA artists and volunteers. Also, this year we are delighted to acknowledge the support of the S & D Lloyd Charity.

friends exhibition

Friends Exhibition

  • 22 June — 16 July 2016

Previously known as subscribers, the Friends have been an integral part of the RBSA since the 1900s and the RBSA was one of the first societies to allow subscribers to have their own exhibitions.
This annual exhibition is an opportunity for long lasting and newly subscribed Friends of the Society to showcase their varied creative practices and raise the profile of the Friends, an important aspect of the RBSA. The entry is free** and open to all Friends of the RBSA working in all media*. Many former Friends have progressed to become Associates and Members. The conducive atmosphere of the RBSA Gallery provides a platform for artists at various stages of their career.

In order to enter, follow the website link for an application form. Entry form must be received by 4pm on Wednesday 15 June.

This exhibition is exclusively open to Friends of the RBSA working in all media*. Works including jewellery, ceramics and textiles as well as drawing, painting and printmaking are all welcome entries.

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/friends-exhibition-7/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
RBSA Gallery

The Forgotten genius of Edward Bainbridge Copnall

  • 15 June 2016 7-9pm

Edward Bainbridge Copnall was an accomplished glass artist, sculptor and portrait painter. He is best known for his glass and sculptural work and became a leading figure in British Public Sculpture from the 1930s to the 1960s. Several of his vast artworks were made for the Churchill Shopping Precinct in Dudley and further examples of his sculpture can be found on the exterior of the RIBA building in Portland Place.

Steve Field is a Member of the RBSA, public sculptor, muralist and keen admirer of Edward’s work. Therefore, his talk will provide a range of information and insights from the perspective of a fellow public sculptor. The talk also coincides with the New Curators exhibition of 3D work.

So, don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders of large and small-scale three-dimensional artwork!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.00 per person
£5.00 For Friends of the RBSA

Mezzotint Engraving and Beyond

  • 15 August 2016 11am-4:30pm

Guest tutor, Martin Maywood, is an experienced mezzotint artist. He is well practised in traditional mezzotint engraving and has also developed some new alternative ways of printing with mezzotint plates.

He currently makes his own prints and supplies mezzotint plates to a variety of artists. During Martin’s workshop you with be shown how to engrave and print your own mezzotint engraving and also try out one or two new techniques. The course will cover a choice of suitable subject matter and how to transfer an image from life, sketch, or photograph onto the plate. You will then be shown how to use the scraper/burnisher to engrave your image and finally ink it up and print it onto thick acid- free paper through an etching press. Along the way you will also be able to try out a Maywood monotype and Maywood Types 1 and 2 mezzotints.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£50 per person
£45 for Friends of the RBSA and students

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/workshops-learning/adult-workshops/course-list/mezzotint-engraving-and-beyond/

Mastering Monotype

  • 16 August 2016 11am-4:30pm

Guest tutor, Mike Allison, is an experienced printmaker and Chair of the Birmingham Printmakers. He is well practised in a range of techniques that are suitable for a variety of skill levels. This workshop will focus on monotype, composition, and combining multiple monotype plates to create one final piece. With step-by-step guidance throughout, this workshop is ideal for beginners. However it is also suitable for anyone who is familiar with printmaking but would like to try a different approach.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£50 per person
£45 for Friends of the RBSA and students

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/workshops-learning/adult-workshops/course-list/mastering-monotype/

The Painterly Print

  • 17 August 2016 11am-4:30pm

The ‘Painterly Print’ is essentially a ‘printed painting’ that incorporates a variety of printmaking techniques - such as mono-printing, mixed media, chine-collé and transfer printing – to create one-off and series of prints. Artists throughout history have used the process to great effect such as: Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, and Henry Matisse. Artist and printmaker Colin Yates has used the process for many years in his own practice. Participants will be encouraged to work and develop ideas from a number of sources including
sketchbooks, photography, painting, sculpture and digital material All materials will be provided, including plates, inks, paints, and paper (although participants are welcome to bring any additional sheets of hand-made paper they wish to use). The workshop will use a small etching press and hand burnishing techniques to create the artwork.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£50 per person
£45 for Friends of the RBSA and students

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/workshops-learning/adult-workshops/course-list/the-painterly-print/

Wood Engraving

  • 18 — 19 August 2016 11am-4:30pm

Hilary Paynter is one of the UK’s leading wood engravers and Past President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. She is an Honorary Member of the RBSA and has exhibited her work in many exhibitions, including the RBSA Print Prize. This workshop will help you gain a basic understanding of wood engraving, with experience of working a block and producing a finished print. At every stage there will be full details of each part of the process. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including beginners.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£100 per person
£90 for Friends of the RBSA and students

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/workshops-learning/adult-workshops/course-list/wood-engraving-1/

Silk-screen Printing

  • 20 August 2016 11am-4:30pm

Karoline Rerrie is an experienced silkscreen printer and tutor. She exhibits her work widely and has had prints featured in the RBSA gallery’s Craft Gallery. Through her workshop she will help you explore the colourful technique of silk screen printing on paper using hand-cut stencils. First, you will experiment with making paper stencils of your own images, patterns or designs. Then, you will learn to print onto paper using your stencils, silk screens, squeegees and water based inks. Finally, you will create layers of different colours and produce a small edition of unique screen prints. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, including beginners and experienced printmakers looking to refresh their skills.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£50 per person
£45 for Friends of the RBSA and students

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/workshops-learning/adult-workshops/course-list/silk-screen-printing/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Curriculum based workshops and tours on request

The RBSA has facilities to hold up to 30 children for curriculum based workshops and tours of the gallery.
The RBSA also provides outreach services to schools.

RBSA Gallery
4 Brook Street
St. Paul's
Birmingham
B3 1SA
England

Website

www.rbsa.org.uk

E-mail

rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk

Telephone

0121 236 4353

Fax

0121 236 4555

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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