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 - Saturday: 10.30 - 5.00
Sunday: 1.00 - 5.00

Closed on Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Free

Collection details

Archives, Fine Art, Personalities

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

Making Together: Mentor Programme Exhibition

  • 14 September — 12 October 2019 *on now

RBSA and Sense
Making Together: Mentor Programme
A selection of artwork produced by artists with complex disabilities in collaboration with Annette Pugh ARBSA and Karoline Rerrie, RBSA friend. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

About this project
This exhibition forms part of an ongoing collaborative project with Sense. The collaboration follows our Connecting Creatively exhibition of 2018, which was a ground-breaking project for the Society. Sense is a national charity (charity no. 289868) that supports people who have complex disabilities and helps them to enjoy more independent lives.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/making-together-mentor-programme/

Reclining Nude

Figurative Sculpture in Clay

  • 14 — 28 September 2019 *on now

A selection of Busts, Figures and Masks in clay representing Paul's ongoing interest in capturing the movement and attitude of the human form. From highly finished portraits to more immediate ‘sketches’, in hand painted and glazed clay work.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/paul-brown-rbsa-1/

Rainy Day Colmore Row

Cities, Coasts, and Countryside

  • 14 — 28 September 2019 *on now

Terry's favourite subjects are united in this exhibition by the theme of finding beautiful colour in all manner of places.

'My exhibition at the RBSA shows my love of different and contrasting places. We have very vibrant cities and towns, and very peaceful and calming coasts and countryside. There is always something to inspire me, which I try to capture on canvas. There is beauty in all places if we take time to look rather than just rush around. I always look for light and atmosphere in whatever I paint.' - Terry Lord

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/terry-lord-arbsa/

 Monsieur et Madame

Life's Journey: The Art of Katherine Mary Fryer (1910-2017)

  • 14 — 21 September 2019 *on now

The ongoing rediscovery and resurgence of mid-20th century British women artists sees an important retrospective of the works of Katherine Fryer. ‘Kate’ was a traditional, figurative artist who worked in various media, but principally in printmaking and in oil painting of an impressionistic style.
Kate was born in Leeds in 1910. She attended Leeds College of Art from 1926 - 1931 undertaking a rigorous training in the traditional methods of drawing, painting and printmaking. She qualified in the midst of the depression when life was hard, and started out by working on her own, producing numerous wood engravings which were exhibited both locally and in London. Many engravings were also published.
In the late 1930’s Kate secured a teaching post at Bath Academy of Art run by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. Living in Bath, she came to know many of the major figures in British art from the previous generation, such as Walter Sickert and Therese Lessore, as well as emerging figures, such as William Scott, Kenneth Armitage and John Piper. Life was exciting but Britain was plunged into war and Kate had to work through those tumultuous years. After losing her wood engraving tools in the Baedeker raids, she determined to concentrate on painting.
Painting was becoming a preferred medium. In 1948 Kate moved from Bath to spend a short time in Leicester before taking up another teaching post at Birmingham School of Art, working with Bernard Fleetwood Walker, head of the Painting School. Now she blossomed as a painter. Her travels to the west coast of Ireland in the 1950’s inspired many works during this period and she showed at the Royal Academy which purchased her oil painting The Road to Kilmurvey. So popular were the Irish paintings that virtually all were sold and pieces from this era are still much sought after.
At Birmingham School of Art she was noted for her serious, quiet but encouraging tuition. And she painted, painted all the time. The Irish scenes gave way to views of Birmingham and her native Yorkshire as well as scenes from her extensive travels through Scotland, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. All manner of life was noted down in her ever present sketch book, favoured subjects including farmyards, the seaside and coastal views.
Kate was elected a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 1956, later to become Professor of Painting and an honorary member. She was always forward looking, never just relying on old ideas. After retiring from teaching she continued her practice of drawing wherever she went, exhibiting new paintings and even taking up wood engraving again later in life. Over 50 paintings, prints and drawings, along with ephemera tracing the history of Kate Fryer’s journey, can be seen this September at the RBSA Gallery, Birmingham. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/lifes-journey-the-art-of-katherine-mary-fryer/

Rob with van near Laxey, Isle of Man 15 June 2015

Robert Perry: Full Circle

  • 14 — 21 September 2019 *on now

Rob has held an annual solo show at the RBSA Gallery for 20 years! His energetic paintings are completed on location throughout the UK and Europe using ingenious self-made equipment, such as his famous studio-van.

This intriguing exhibition will chart the significant artistic milestones and themes Rob has explored from 1962-2019 - A must-see for loyal fans and new fans alike!

Robert is known nationally and internationally for his adventurous lifestyle, the tenacity with which he adheres to his commitment to ‘Direct Response’ (painting on location) and his Spartan lifestyle when traveling around Europe. He always works and lives in his famous ‘mobile studio’ van. He was elected as an associate of the RBSA in 1997 and as a member in 1999. Robert’s primary medium is painting. The range of Robert’s subject matter is vast, from his native Black Country to the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the battlefields and tunnels of the First World War, the Alps, the Spanish Sierras and the pastoral landscapes of Northern France. He has several feature exhibitions available for hire to municipal and national galleries, particularly collections of landscape work featuring The Black Country, Battlefields sites of the First and Second World Wars. He has been featured many times on British and French National Television, most recently on Coast (July 2009, BBC 2).

Suitable for

  • Any age
Image from 2016 Exhibition

Birmingham Art Circle and Shapeshifters Sculpture Group

  • 23 September — 5 October 2019

An exciting joint show by two professional art groups. The Birmingham Art Circle has a longstanding association with the RBSA and includes artists working in a range of media. Shapeshifters is a West Midlands group of sculptors who work in stone, wood, and other materials.

Don't miss the Birmingham Art Circle and Shapeshifter Sculpture Group Celebratory Open Day on Saturday 28 September, 12noon-2pm. Join us for a glass of wine to celebrate the work on display with the artists themselves.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/birmingham/

Exhibition shot by Consuelo Simpson

Fragility: Prism Textiles

  • 8 — 19 October 2019

Explore the concept of fragility through textiles. The international exhibiting group, Prism, brings together a range of quality textile practices with a fine art approach. Their exhibitions offer a different perspective on the medium of fabric, thread, and mixed media and demonstrate the vitality of contemporary stitched textiles.

Prism artists will be in the Gallery throughout their show, providing plenty of opportunities for visitors to receive information about guidance about the artwork on display.

Free associated events
Hand-stitch as Meditation, Thursday 10 October, 2-4pm - A free workshop to learn how stitch can be therapeutic.

Show and Share Discussion Group, Wednesday 16 October, 11am-1pm - A free forum for members of the public to bring along a piece of work to discuss with Prism members.

Fun with Stitch Family Session, Saturday 19 October, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm - A free drop-in workshop for all the family! Meet a Prism artist and learn how to use a range of textile skills.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/fragility-prism-textiles/

Wounded Beast Detail - Steve Evans

Sculptura: Vision and Form

  • 21 October — 2 November 2019

Discover the different sculptural artwork of eight prominent RBSA artists: Viv Astling, Andrew Coates, Steve Evans, George Jackson, Hannah Northam, Don Ratcliffe, Rachel Ricketts, and Michele White.

The variety of artwork on display will range from the figurative to the abstract and include a selection of materials, such as stone, metal, and wood.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/sculptura-vision-and-form/

Ross Danby - Evolution II, Portland Limestone sculpture

Abstract Variations

  • 4 — 16 November 2019

Celebrate the wide variety of processes, approaches, and media to be found in abstract art through this group show.

The artists featured include: Ross Danby, Steve Evans RBSA, Jenny Ryrie RBSA, Mike Sadler RBSA, David Spurrier RBSA, Chris Tkacz RBSA, Marijke Van Der Veen LSA, and David Walton RBSA.

Celebratory Opening, Thursday 7 November, 5-7pm - An opportunity to meet the artists and celebrate the opening of their exhibition over a glass of wine.

Watercolour and Printmaking Demonstrations, Saturday 16 November, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm - See the Abstract Variations artists at work to learn more about the watercolour and printmaking techniques on display in the show.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/abstract-variations/

Estuary Castle Collage

Love of Landscape: The Art of Glyn Griffiths (1926-1999)

  • 4 — 16 November 2019

A retrospective of paintings and drawings by the late Glyn Griffiths celebrating his love of landscape and the Welsh borders.

Glyn trained in Cardiff under the inspirational direction of Ceri Richards and taught at Birmingham School of Art. his direct and expressive works capture the spirit of the changing seasons.

Free associated events
Celebratory Opening, Sunday 3 November, 12.30-2pm - Join exhibition curator, Brendan Flynn, and members of Glyn's family to celebrate the show over a glass of wine. Everyone is welcome and the family would love to see past students and colleagues.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/love-of-landscape-the-art-of-glyn-griffiths/

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

http://www.rbsa.org.uk

E-mail

rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk

Telephone

0121 236 4353

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