RBSA Charity Art Auction

07 November 2017

We are delighted to report that we sold £8,000 of art at our recent Charity Art Auction! 

Bonhams auctioneers kindly ran the auction for us, and Deutsche Bank  very generously agreed to host the auction at their landmark building at Brindley Place, Birmingham. The auction was held in conjunction with Deutsche Bank’s Charity of the Year, Autistica. Autistica, funds and campaigns for medical research to understand the causes of autism, develop new treatments and to ensure that everyone with autism has the chance of a longer, healthier and happier life.

Income from ticket sales went to Autistica. If you were unable to buy a ticket and attend, you can still make a donation via their website.

We would like to thank everyone who supported the auction, especially: Deutsche Bank, Autistica, Bonhams, each auction attendee, and the artists who donated their work. The funds raised are greatly appreciated and will make a real difference.

Perry-Rob-(2)-OSRobert Perry RBSA donated 3 of the 53  artworks for the auction.

Why raising funds through events like this is so important…

The RBSA is a visual arts charity. Our Gallery is open every day with free admission. Our annual programme includes 15 major exhibitions, 3 designer-maker craft exhibitions and 18 solo shows.  Last year 15,164 visits were made to the Gallery.  We provide free artist demonstrations, talks and other events for visitors, enjoyed by 3,975 attendees last year.  We deliver art workshops for all abilities, including families, adults and school students. Over 600 people take part in our art workshops each year.

However, the RBSA is not core funded.  This means that, unlike many other visual arts charities, we do not receive any regular financial support from local or national government. This year we need to raise approximately £72,000 from fundraising to keep our Gallery open. Donations so far total £28,000, so we still need to raise £44,000 by the end of December. Without your support this would not be possible. 

Autistica are 100% funded through voluntary donations and their work to build brighter futures for everybody with autism would not be possible without the generosity of their supporters.

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