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
Joan Sharma ARBSA
- 21 December 2015 — 20 February 2016 *on now
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..
David Tedham ARBSA: Structuring Abstraction
- 1 February — 12 March 2016 *on now
David presents a series of abstract paintings which he describes as ‘confrontational but readable’.
- 1 February — 7 May 2016 *on now
An exhibition showcasing designermakers who have an ethical approach to craft-making. This ranges from makers incorporating found objects into their work, recycling and up-cycling and/or using fair-trade materials to those using energy-efficient processes.
At a time when we are often unaware of the origins of materials used in items we buy, this exhibition encourages the viewer to consider the object’s journey. Makers registered with the Fairtrade Foundation are also included. Fairtrade Certified Gold is the world’s first independent ethical certification system for gold and makes sure that smaller mining companies are not pushed out of business.
As always, with a range of price tags for all budgets, it’s the perfect opportunity for a guilt-free treat!
Margaret Fairhead RBSA: Canal Views
- 8 February — 19 March 2016 *on now
Inspired by the RBSA’s bicentenary year in 2014, Margaret has developed works based on the canals near the Gallery to produce this series of machine-stitched urban landscapes. They depict locks 9 to 13 of the Farmer’s Bridge Flight towards Snow Hill Station Bridge.
Love Art, Buy Art, Make Art exhibition
- 8 — 20 February 2016 *on now
Works produced by our talented tutors who will deliver this year’s programme of adult Winter and Summer Workshops.
Rob Hand RBSA: On the Edge
- 22 February — 2 April 2016
A collection of pit fired and raku pieces including a range of jewellery. All the work is hand built using coiling and slab building techniques, with larger pieces undergoing several firings to achieve the desired effect.
Birmingham Art Circle exhibition
- 22 February — 5 March 2016
The Birmingham Art Circle is a group of professional artists originally founded in 1879. The society has a longstanding association with the RBSA, holding an exhibition here each year.
Open all Media exhibition
- 9 March — 9 April 2016
For the first time this year photography can be entered into this annual open exhibition which shows a great variety of media. The Prize winner of the 2015 Photographic Prize exhibition, Theo Gove-Humphries, will be a guest artist.
Shirley Bonas ARBSA: All Seasons all Weathers
- 14 March — 14 May 2016
The work in this solo show reflects Shirley’s love of the Wyre Forest and the local countryside near her home in North Worcestershire.
Janette Summerfield RBSA: Variations on a Theme
- 21 March — 21 May 2016
An exploration of how an image can be interpreted in several ways through the use of different media, scale and focus.
- 4 May — 4 June 2016
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.
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.
4 Brook Street
0121 236 4353
0121 236 4555