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.
Gallery, Association or society
Monday - Friday 10.30 - 5.30 Saturday 10.30 - 5.00
Sunday 1.00 - 5.00
Open Bank Holidays 1.00-5.00
Paula Hamilton ARBSA
- 17 August — 10 October 2015 *on now
A display of ‘garden works’ rich in colour and design, owing to Paula’s background as a textile artist.
Jo Naden RBSA
- 31 August — 24 October 2015 *on now
A series of small-scale sculptures and drawings that reference time as measured by the sun, moon and tides.
A Touch of Texture Craft exhibition
- 14 September 2015 — 16 January 2016 *on now
This exhibition has a particular focus on designer-makers inspired by textures, be it in the finish they create on their pieces to the influence of fabric-making techniques. As well as a selection of cutting-edge textile makers and textural ceramics, the display will feature jewellery made using alternative materials including leather, felt, cotton, wood, silk and velvet. With a wide variety of products and prices, this display is perfect for those looking for alternative Christmas gifts, all handmade with love!
A showcase of pieces by the winner and runners-up of the RBSA Prize for Innovation and Creativity
- 14 September — 2 November 2015 *on now
This display features pieces by the winner and runners-up of the RBSA Prize for Innovation and Creativity awarded each year to graduates from Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery.
John Hopkins ARBSA
- 28 September — 21 November 2015 *on now
A display of studio and ‘plein air’ watercolours.
Solo exhibition by Colin Simmonds ARBSA
- 5 — 17 October 2015 *on now
This exhibition is in part a retrospective of Colin’s painting covering the past twenty-five years. Colin’s earlier works from about 1990 to 1995 represent a complete absorption in traditional representational work after years of exploring various semi-abstract ideas. Since then, Colin has combined representational and non-representational approaches with a view to creating a more challenging and personal approach with the process of painting being the key.
Abstraction at the RBSA
- 5 — 31 October 2015 *on now
This exhibition explores the development of abstract artworks at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) through a display of examples from the RBSA Collection. Curated by Undergraduate Archive Team Volunteers, Tate Gronow and Emily Robins, Abstraction at the RBSA aims to show you how abstraction within the RBSA and in Birmingham has evolved since the mid-20th Century.
Abstract art as a legitimate form of expression was accepted gradually by the RBSA. The majority of the membership was suspicious of modernist concepts of art, particularly with regards to traditional ideas about artistic skill that did not seem apparent in abstract art. This apprehension meant that the first abstract artwork was not displayed by the RBSA until 1954, when a painting by Anthony Twentyman was accepted. As a result of this late acceptance of abstraction, the RBSA Collection holds a comparatively small number of completely abstract artworks. However, through their research for this exhibition, the curators identified a development in the style and extent of abstraction shown by artists represented by the RBSA.
The Curators would like to thank their fellow Archive Team Volunteers - David White RBSA, Carol White, Nigel Priddey RBSA, Nicola Onions, and Ayesha Hussain - for helping with the research and photography for this exhibition. The Curators would also like to thank the RBSA staff members, the RBSA Display Team, and the exhibitors for their support.
Please note that the exhibition will be closed on Thursday 22 October from 10.30am to 3pm. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Dennis Minchin RBSA
- 12 October — 5 December 2015
A series of colourful still lives in oil focusing on flowers
Solo exhibition by Robert Perry RBSA
- 19 — 31 October 2015
Robert presents new adventures in paint, composition, colour and location for his solo exhibition this autumn. Much of his new work focuses on the phenomenon of intense sunlight and its effects in the context of coastal scenes, rivers, sky, mountains and other landscape features. Robert’s work is completed on site during the course of his travels in his famous mobile studio.
June Ridgway ARBSA
- 26 October — 19 December 2015
A collection of new ceramic work in June’s distinctive style; blushes of soft colour against contrasting lines of black.
Mountains and Moorlands exhibition
- 2 — 14 November 2015
A group show of landscape work inspired by the British countryside. Featuring RBSA artists Brian Fletcher, David Harban, Paul Hipkiss, Nigel Priddey, Peter Shread and David Spurrier.
New Curators 2015: Exploring Drawing
- 2 — 28 November 2015
Inspired by the importance of drawing to the RBSA’s nineteenth-century founders, this exhibition examines the diverse and sometimes unexpected ways in which contemporary RBSA Members, Associates and guest artists use drawing in their work.
The RBSA New Curators project began in 2011 and provides volunteers with the chance to curate, interpret, install, and promote an exhibition of original artwork by Members, Associates and guest artists. The aim of each annual New Curators exhibition is to gain fresh perspectives from emerging arts professionals and to provide valuable work experience to help each volunteer develop their career in the arts sector.
This year’s New Curators are: Fay Andreas, Cordelia Smith, and Nick Yarroll. Fay completed a degree in fine art, during which time she developed different approaches to drawing; Cordelia recently finished a PhD in the history of art, which focused on the changing function of art within society from 1830 - 1930; Nick also has a degree in fine art, specialising in sculptural installation.
Mathé Shepheard ARBSA
- 23 November 2015 — 23 January 2016
Mathé uses her semi-abstract approach to explore a variety of landscapes, including skies, mountains, water, contours and textures
Members and Associates exhibition
- 3 — 24 December 2015
For over 170 years the diverse practices of the RBSAs Members and Associates have been displayed in this annual exhibition, including the work of those newly elected this year. With most works of art for sale, this exhibition is also a popular opportunity to find that unique Christmas gift.
Andrew Kinmont ARBSA
- 7 December 2015 — 7 February 2016
Inspired by the way light transforms, and is transformed by, the natural world, this body of work reflects Andrew’s experiences of working in the landscape
Joan Sharma ARBSA
- 21 December 2015 — 20 February 2016
A celebration of mothers, babies and mothers-to-be. This display features stone and wood sculptures varying in size from small pieces suitable for a book shelf to larger pieces for the garden..
Guided Tour by Brendan Flynn
- 17 October 2015 11am-2pm
Join our new Honorary Professor of Art History as he discusses the development of abstraction throughout the Society’s history, with a focus on the well-known abstract artist William Gear.
Meet the Artist with Robert Perry RBSA
- 21 October 2015 11am-1pm
Robert will answer questions about his practice and talk about the works on display in Gallery 2
Talk & Tour for groups of 5 to 15 by Archive Team Volunteers, Tate Gronow and Emily Robins
- 24 October 2015 11am-3pm
Choose a slot (see below) and join the curators, Tate and Emily for a bespoke tour of the ‘Abstraction at the RBSA’ exhibition.
Slot 1 - 11am to 12pm
Slot 2 - 1 - 2pm
Slot 3 - 2 - 3pm
Exploring Abstract Art
- 25 October 2015 2-4pm
Join professional artist, Rob Leckey ARBSA, and learn how to make your own abstract artwork using a variety of materials, tools, and equipment. Rob will discuss the different features of abstract artworks to help you identify how to make one of your own. Rob will also guide you through how to use a variety fo materials and techniques - such as paint, inks, collage, and drawing - to include lively colours, shapes, and textures in your artwork. Examples of artworks and all materials will be provided. This workshop is suitable for all abilities and is designed for children aged 6-12, as well as their parents/guardians.
- Family friendly
Galleries Night & Art Bus
- 30 October 2015 5-9pm
Jump aboard the Art Bus and enjoy late-night openings at six of Birmingham’s top galleries and complimentary travel between them on the FREE Art Bus:
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Parkside Gallery, Birmingham City University
At Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, attendees can take advantage of half price admission to the stunning exhibition, Enchanted Dreams: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of E.R. Hughes, plus complimentary refreshments.
Please note, only the Gas Hall will be open for Art Bus attendees during the evening.
For the bus timetable please download the art bus flyer.
- Family friendly
- Any age
Demonstration by Paul Hipkiss RBSA
- 7 November 2015 From 11am
Alongside the ‘RBSA New Curators 2015: Exploring Drawing’ exhibition see exhibitor Paul Hipkiss in action.
Demonstration by June Dudleston RBSA
- 19 November 2015 2-5pm
June will demonstrate the techniques she uses to produce her work.
Celebratory Open Day of the Art Circle exhibition
- 21 November 2015 12-4pm
Exhibitors in this years’ Art Circle exhibition will be on hand to talk about their work and celebrate the exhibition opening.
Demonstration by Keith Turley ARBSA
- 24 November 2015 2-5pm
Keith will demonstrate the techniques he uses to produce his work
Demonstration by Judith Rowley
- 26 November 2015 2-5pm
Judith will demonstrate the techniques she uses to produce her work
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.
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