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.
RBSA

Maggie Kitching RBSA

  • 9 August — 26 September 2015 *on now

Sketchbook Diaries

A display of prints drawn directly from life using vinyl relief and etchings.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/maggie-kitching-rbsa/

Garden Works  A display of ‘garden works’ rich in colour and design, owing to Paula’s background as a textile artist.

Paula Hamilton ARBSA

  • 17 August — 10 October 2015 *on now

Garden Works

A display of ‘garden works’ rich in colour and design, owing to Paula’s background as a textile artist.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/paula-hamilton-arbsa/

 Solo exhibition by Viv Astling RBSA  The Gallery transformed! An exhibition of unique stone sculpture amidst an outdoor setting. Unlike anything you have ever seen in the garden centre, this show also includes smaller works perfect for the home.

Stones @ Home in the Garden exhibition

  • 24 August — 5 September 2015 *on now

Solo exhibition by Viv Astling RBSA

The Gallery transformed! An exhibition of unique stone sculpture amidst an outdoor setting. Unlike anything you have ever seen in the garden centre, this show also includes smaller works perfect for the home.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/stones-home-in-the-garden-exhibition/

RBSA

Up Close: Small Prints exhibition

  • 24 August — 5 September 2015 *on now

Focusing on the small format, this collective exhibition showcases a variety of print-making techniques and styles.
Free associated event

Don’t miss the Collector’s Day on Saturday 29 August, 10.30am onwards!

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/up-close-small-prints-exhibition/

ITS TIME  A series of small-scale sculptures and drawings that reference time as measured by the sun, moon and tides.

Jo Naden RBSA

  • 31 August — 24 October 2015

ITS TIME

A series of small-scale sculptures and drawings that reference time as measured by the sun, moon and tides.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/jo-naden-rbsa-1/

In the RBSA’s 200-year history, photography has rarely been exhibited, with the last exhibition being over 80 years ago.  Taking the theme of ‘urban life’ this exhibition explores the diverse applications of photographic technology such as analogue and digital photography, as well as lens-based mixed media.

Photographic Prize: Urban Life exhibition 2015

  • 10 September — 3 October 2015

In the RBSA’s 200-year history, photography has rarely been exhibited, with the last exhibition being over 80 years ago.

Taking the theme of ‘urban life’ this exhibition explores the diverse applications of photographic technology such as analogue and digital photography, as well as lens-based mixed media.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/photographic-prize-urban-life-exhibition-2015/

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 Touch of Texture Craft exhibition

  • 14 September 2015 — 16 January 2016

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!

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/a-touch-of-texture-craft-exhibition/

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.

A showcase of pieces by the winner and runners-up of the RBSA Prize for Innovation and Creativity

  • 14 September — 2 November 2015

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.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/a-showcase-of-pieces-by-the-winner1/

Watercolours  A display of studio and ‘plein air’ watercolours.

John Hopkins ARBSA

  • 28 September — 21 November 2015

Watercolours

A display of studio and ‘plein air’ watercolours.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/john-hopkins-arbsa/

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.

Solo exhibition by Colin Simmonds ARBSA

  • 5 — 17 October 2015

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.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/solo-exhibition-by-colin-simmonds-arbsa/

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.

Abstraction at the RBSA

  • 5 — 31 October 2015

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.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/abstraction-at-the-rbsa/

A series of colourful still lives in oil focusing on flowers

Dennis Minchin RBSA

  • 12 October — 5 December 2015

A series of colourful still lives in oil focusing on flowers

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/dennis-minchin-rbsa-1/

Sunlight!  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.

Solo exhibition by Robert Perry RBSA

  • 19 — 31 October 2015

Sunlight!

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.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/solo-exhibition-by-robert-perry-rbsa/

A collection of new ceramic work in June’s distinctive style; blushes of soft colour against contrasting lines of black.

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.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/june-ridgway-arbsa-1/

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.

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.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/mountains-and-moorlands-exhibition/

  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.

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.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/new-curators-2015-exploring-drawing/

Watercolours  Mathé uses her semi-abstract approach to explore a variety of landscapes, including skies, mountains, water, contours and textures

Mathé Shepheard ARBSA

  • 23 November 2015 — 23 January 2016

Watercolours

Mathé uses her semi-abstract approach to explore a variety of landscapes, including skies, mountains, water, contours and textures

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/math-shepheard-arbsa/

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.

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.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/members-and-associates-exhibition-1/

Transformation  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

Andrew Kinmont ARBSA

  • 7 December 2015 — 7 February 2016

Transformation

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

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/andrew-kinmont-arbsa/

Baby Love  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..

Joan Sharma ARBSA

  • 21 December 2015 — 20 February 2016

Baby Love

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..

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/joan-sharma-arbsa/

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.
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RBSA Hon. Curator’s Talk by Paul Hipkiss RBSA

  • 29 August 2015 11:30am-5pm

The Curator will explain the differences between print-making techniques and will discuss highlights from ‘Up Close’, our ‘Small Prints’ exhibition

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/rbsa-hon-curators-talk-by-paul-hipkiss-rbsa/

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Collector’s Day, unframed prints for sale

  • 29 August 2015 10:30am-5pm

A chance to browse specially-selected unframed prints for sale.
Free, drop-in session, no need to book

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/collectors-day-unframed-prints-for-sale/

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Artists’ Talk by Viv Astling RBSA

  • 5 September 2015 10:30am-5:30pm

Viv will talk about the stones, tools and processes used to create the sculptures in his solo exhibition in Gallery 2.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/artists-talk-by-viv-astling-rbsa/

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Arts Funding Debate with Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury (Chris Smith) and the Rt Hon David Mellor QC

  • 16 September 2015 6-8pm

Join two former Culture Secretaries as they discuss the impact of the new political landscape. David will interview Chris, Chairman of the Art Fund, on the future of the arts, with a lively contribution from the audience.
Booking essential

To book please contact the gallery on 0121 236 4353 for card payment or send us a cheque made payable to RBSA.

Subject to receipt of full non-transferable and non-refundable payment.
Price

£10 per person
£7 for Friends of the RBSA and students

A valid student ID must be provided to receive a student discount.

The RBSA Gallery reserves the right to withdraw the event. In this eventuality, you will be notified and fully refunded.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/arts-funding-debate-with-rt-hon-lord-smith-of/

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Meet the Artist with Jo Naden RBSA

  • 19 September 2015 2-4pm

Jo will be on hand to answer questions about her sculptural works

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/meet-the-artist-with-jo-naden-rbsa/

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Guided Photography Walk with Paul Hipkiss RBSA

  • 3 October 2015 From 11am

Explore Birmingham’s urban landscape through the lens of your camera. Firstly, the group will take a look around the exhibition ‘Photographic Prize: Urban Life’ to gain inspiration before embarking on a guided photography walk around Birmingham. This workshop is suitable for budding photographers or those who just want to try something new. It is also suitable for artists wishing to develop reference material for works in other media. In the afternoon, there will be the opportunity to see how photography informs Paul Hipkiss’ artworks using more traditional print-making techniques.

As this is an outdoor event, please check the weather forecast and wear appropriate clothing.
Booking essential

To book please contact the gallery on 0121 236 4353 for card payment or send us a cheque made payable to RBSA.

Subject to receipt of full non-transferable and non-refundable payment.

Admission

£5 / £3
03 October 2015

To Coincide with the Photographic Prize: Urban Life exhibition 2015.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/guided-photography-walk-with-paul-hipkiss-rbsa/

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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.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/guided-tour-by-brendan-flynn/

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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

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/meet-the-artist-with-robert-perry-rbsa-1/

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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

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/talk-tour-for-groups-of-5-to-15-by-archive-team/

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Galleries Night & Art Bus

  • 30 October 2015 5-9pm

Our Winter Art Bus returns! With free transport between Birmingham
galleries, late night opening and refreshments served. The timetable of the Art Bus will be available to download from this page around 2 weeks before the event.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/galleries-night-art-bus/

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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.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/demonstration-by-paul-hipkiss-rbsa-4/

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Demonstration by June Dudleston RBSA

  • 19 November 2015 2-5pm

June will demonstrate the techniques she uses to produce her work.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/demonstration-by-june-dudleston-rbsa-2/

Exhibitors in this years’ Art Circle exhibition will be on hand to talk about their work and celebrate the exhibition opening.

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.

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/celebratory-open-day-of-the-art-circle-exhibition/

Keith will demonstrate the techniques he uses to produce his work

Demonstration by Keith Turley ARBSA

  • 24 November 2015 2-5pm

Keith will demonstrate the techniques he uses to produce his work

Website

http://rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/events/demonstration-by-keith-turley-arbsa-2/

Judith will demonstrate the techniques she uses to produce her work

Demonstration by Judith Rowley

  • 26 November 2015 2-5pm

Judith will demonstrate the techniques she uses to produce her work

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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