How we are funded

The importance of funding...

The RBSA is a registered charity (number 528894, registered on 2 June 1969), and is dedicated to supporting art practitioners and fostering engagement with the visual arts. We do not receive any regular government funding, either from local or national sources, to help us carry out our charitable work. The continuing success of the RBSA is therefore entirely dependent on the money we can raise from a variety of sources.

As an artist-led charity the contribution made by our Members and Associates is essential; their annual membership subscriptions cover approximately 16% of our running costs each year. They also volunteer their time to support the charity. Our Friends provide unfailing and generous support through their subscriptions, which contribute approximately 6% of the total funds we need to raise each year. In addition we estimate that the value of volunteer time provided by our Members, Associates and Friends is worth over £100,000.

The continuing delivery of our work depends on a range of ongoing fundraising campaigns and we are truly grateful for the support of grand giving bodies, trusts, foundations, companies and individuals.

Our supporters

The RBSA gratefully acknowledges the support of the following grant giving bodies, trusts and foundations, sponsors, corporate members, and individual donors.

Grant giving bodies, trusts and foundations:

Arts Council England

The GMC Trust

Didymus CIO

The John Feeney Charitable Trust

The Grimmitt Trust

The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District

The Loppylugs & Barbara Morrison Charitable Trust

The Oakley Charitable Trust

CB and HH Taylor Trust

The G J W Turner Trust

West Midlands Museum Development

Dumbreck Charity


Individual donors:

Paul McKeown

Hazel and Viv Astling

Silvia Bowman

Jill Hailes

Celia Nancarrow

David and Carol White

Graham Winteringham

We are also very grateful to all our anonymous donors.

How you can help...

Join the 100 Club

If you would like to show your support to the RBSA, whilst also being in with the chance to win £1000, please join The 100 Club.

Gifts in Memory - Remembering a Life

Many people celebrate the life of a loved one by making a donation in their memory at the funeral instead of giving flowers. Donating to a cause supported by a loved one is a meaningful way to remember loved ones and help ensure the cause they loved remains special.  If it is your wish to ask your family and friends to make a donation instead of buying flowers, or to organise a collection at the funeral or memorial service, just tell the funeral director, who will collect, record and distribute gifts on your behalf

Generous donors include Hazel and Viv Astling, Paul Bartlett, Graham Blaine, Hannah Carroll, Andrew Coates, Elizabeth Forrest, Elaine Hind, Andrew Matheson, Robert Page, Cynthia Pearson, June Ridgway, Judith Rowley, Claire Spencer, David Spurrier, Jaque Wakely, Carol and David White, Tim Wood, Kate Fryer, Arthur Lockwood, the Midland Centre of the MG Car Club and very many anonymous donors

Please donate

Every year we aim to:

  • Welcome visitors to our Gallery 7 days a week with free admission.
  • Support artists from our region by displaying up to 1,000 artworks in 3 open submission exhibitions.
  • Showcase the work of RBSA Members and Associates in 23 solo shows.
  • Share our skills through over 40 days of adult workshops.
  • Inspire the artists of the future with a Family Friendly workshops.
  • Champion local, regional and national designer-makers in 3 themed craft exhibitions.

If you would like to support us by making a donation, click the 'Make a donation' button below.

If you feel as strongly about safeguarding the Society’s future as we do, then please consider making a bequest in our favour in your will – for further information, download our legacy leaflet.

You can also support us by becoming a corporate member or sponsoring a specific aspect of our work – please contact us on for further information.

Please give whatever you can – your help makes all the difference.
Thank you for your generosity and support.