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


Collection details

Archives, Fine Art, Personalities

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
2018 exhibition image

RBSA Members and Associates

  • 21 November — 24 December 2019

For over 200 years, the diverse art practices of RBSA Members and Associates have been displayed in the annual Members and Associates exhibition. The Members and Associates Exhibition 2019 demonstrates the high standard of work produced by its Members and Associates, including newly elected artists.

There will be over 200 works on display over all three gallery floors, all artwork is for sale.

The exhibition launch event takes places on Thursday 21 November 6-8pm at the RBSA Gallery.

Free associated events
Members and Associates Exhibition Private View, 21 November 6-8pm - celebrate the opening of the annual Members and Associates exhibition at the RBSA Gallery.

Buying Art, Sunday 1 December, 11am-1pm - Are you interested in buying art but don't know where to start? Join us at this free and informal event that will provide friendly hints and tips on how to get started. RBSA artists will go through a range of topics, including: differences between original and reproduction artwork, common terms (e.g. what does edition mean?), and things to consider (e.g. budget, scale, framing, conserving work).

Book your place by calling or e-mailing the Gallery on 0121 236 4353 or rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Shino glazed jug and beakers reduction fired 1280'c.

Pour Me a Drink

  • 30 September — 16 November 2019 *on now

In this exhibition Andrew has made a variety of sizes and shapes of jugs showing how versatile this form can be beyond his normal production pieces. Jugs and pouring vessels are a common repertoire of thrown functional pieces made by many potters. All the pieces are reduction fired 1280'c and a change from Andrew's normal blue & white work or landscape forms.

Andrew is a graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, and a former head of Art, with work in public and private collections. He is also a member of Midlands Potter’s Association and Birmingham Art Circle. He works mainly in stoneware and porcelain reduction fired to 1280’c. and has set up current workshop in Lichfield in 1981 where he now works full time. He was elected as an associate of the RBSA in 1982 and as a member in 1985. The potter’s wheel is central to Andrew’s method of making, as he produces a range of functional ware and unique individual thrown pieces - many of which are glazed with recipes based upon traditional recipes used in the orient and reduction firing techniques. He enjoys making teapots as they are both ‘individual yet functional’ and demonstrate a variety of techniques in their production. Andrew has always been interested in Landscape and often this is a theme included in some of his ceramics, allowing him to ‘explore ideas that are not just based upon thrown techniques’, and venture into hand building, slab forms and sculptural forms, and more recently relief panels.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Shirley Bonas - The Sun's Coming Out

All Seasons, All Weathers

  • 30 September — 16 November 2019 *on now

This exhibition features work generally with landscape themes. The pieces encompass Shirley’s love of the forests and woodlands near her home in North Worcestershire.

Shirley gained a Diploma in Art and Design at Stourbridge College, followed by a degree in Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton. She was a lecturer at Stourbridge College for many years. She was elected as an associate of the RBSA in 2012. Shirley has been awarded two ArtsCouncil/National Lottery Grants for her work in Adult Education and Community Arts Projects, followed in recent years by a Dudley Arts Council Grant for self-employment work in Adult Education. She previously held the position as President of Birmingham Watercolour Society. Work has regularly been exhibited in Open Exhibitions both locally and nationally and she has received various prizes and commendations over many years. Her recent work encompasses a love of the Wyre Forest and local countryside, during all seasons and all weathers, scents, colours, misty lights, gentle breezes and beckoning footpaths, building a relationship with the environment. Family life and travel are also typically found in her portfolio.

Suitable for

  • Any age



David Harban - sexton burrow etching

Rugged Landscape

  • 14 October — 16 November 2019 *on now

Inspired by a love of climbing and walking in the Peak District and Snowdonia over many years, this series of etchings depict David’s interest in dramatic rock scenery with its textures and forms.

These etchings are drawn on copper plate, etched and individually hand printed on a traditional etching press to create a unique limited edition.

David Harban is a successful professional graphic artist and has specialised in printmaking since 1999. Favouring etching and aquatint, his work covers a wide range of subjects, often working from his imagination. He has shown his work regularly at the RBSA Gallery and became a full Member of the Society in 2008. He is also an elected Member of the Easel Club and Birmingham Art Circle.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Ross Danby - Evolution II, Portland Limestone sculpture

Abstract Variations

  • 4 — 16 November 2019 *on now

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



Estuary Castle Collage

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

  • 4 — 16 November 2019 *on now

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



Ryan Everson

RBSA Start

  • 2 January — 15 February 2020

Associates all priced at £300 and under, representing excellent value for money and providing a great starting point for budding art collectors.

The exhibition is displayed over three floors and includes artwork in a range of media, providing something to suit everyone.

The RBSA is open 7 days a week and is free to visit. Group visits and tour groups are welcome.

We can provide a short welcome talk, a brief tour, and copies of gallery information free of charge. Longer tours, talks, and other activities are also available at a small charge to cover expenses. All tours, talks, and other activities are subject to availability and require advance notice.

If you would like to enquire about booking a group visit / guided tour / talk / other activity, please call the Gallery on 0121 236 4353 or e-mail rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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
B3 1SA






0121 236 4353

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