Celebrating 200 years of Art, Artists and Audiences in Birmingham

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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 to reveal the stories behind paintings, sculptures and other artworks created by Birmingham’s artists.

‘Celebrating 200 years of Art, Artists and Audiences in Birmingham’  launched with the exhibition RBSA: Our Collection, Our Archive and You on show at the RBSA Gallery in November 2013;  visitors were invited to share their knowledge of Birmingham’s artists. Research findings from the project have then revealed in the exhibition A Place for Art: The Story of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists held in 2014.

+ Click the links on the top right to download a timeline which provides a summary of the development of the Society, an essay by Brendan Flynn for further historical insights and the list of artists and presidents involved with the RBSA throughout its history.

Film by James White.

 

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+ A catalogue is available to purchase for £14.99 (Students pay £9.99 only! Please bring your student ID and pay at the Gallery to receive your discount).


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  • 200 Years of Art, Artists and Audiences in Birmingham
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    In 2014, the RBSA celebrates the bicentenary of the first exhibition staged by the Birmingham Academy of Arts, the forerunner of the RBSA.