About us

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: exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations.

The Society consists of Members and Associates who are artists elected by their peers and from which the governing body, the RBSA Council, is drawn, following elections at the Annual General meeting (AGM). The Council includes the Officers of the Society as well as artists elected to represent Members and Associates. The following Officers were elected at the AGM in April 2019:


The Society owns and runs its own exhibition venue, the RBSA Gallery, located just off St Paul’s Square, near Birmingham’s historic jewellery quarter and a short walk from the city centre.  Admission to all our exhibitions is free and we look forward to welcoming you to the Gallery.  

The RBSA Gallery has a changing programme of exhibitions on two floors of gallery space. This programme includes open submission exhibitions: all artists can enter work for selection to these exhibitions. The ground floor has space for solo shows as well as a Craft Gallery, which has established a reputation as the place to find exciting and unique contemporary craft.

2010 marked the tenth anniversary of the Society’s move to its new gallery in St Paul’s Square. This website was created as part of our anniversary celebrations. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution our supporters have made to these celebrations, particularly Arts Council England, Coley & Tilley and the Rowlands Trust.

In 2014, the RBSA celebrated the bicentenary of the first exhibition staged by the Birmingham Academy of Arts, the forerunner of the RBSA. The Society received a grant of £76,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project Celebrating 200 years of Art, Artists and Audiences in Birmingham. This generous support facilitated a year-long celebration. Together with a Curatorial Research Grant of £40,000 from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the grant brought professional curators and volunteers together to research the history of the RBSA and reveal the stories behind paintings, sculptures and other artworks created by Birmingham’s artists.