Birmingham Heritage Week: meet the artist and see Metropolis

Birmingham Heritage Week coincides this year with Heritage Open Days, Britain’s largest festival celebrating all things historic.

As part of your voyage of discovery around Birmingham, why not plan a day out in the Jewellery Quarter? There are walking tours, cemetery tours, exhibitions, talks and demonstrations going on until 17 September.

The RBSA is joining forces with a host of venues to celebrate our collective heritage, including:

  1. The Coffin Works

  2. Stan’s Cafe

  3. The Pen Museum

  4. The Assay Office

  5. 1000 Trades

  6. The Birmingham and Midland Institute

  7. The Jewellery Quarter Research Trust

  8. The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter


RBSA events

Meet the Artist: Saturday 16 September, 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook St, B3 1SA. Free. No booking required. 

Angela Dooley, ‘The Old Royal’


Angela Dooley will speak about the inspiration and processes behind her paintings on display at the Metropolis exhibition.

Angela says: ‘I enjoy having a conversation about art at our regular Saturday Meet the Artist events.

‘I will have paintings, reference material and my sketchbooks on hand, and people can ask me how I construct my paintings and about my technique.’


Birmingham’s best historic venues and hidden gems come to life during a host of Heritage Open Day events between September 7 – 17.

If you want to experience some great art featuring cities from around the world, then visit the Metropolis exhibition, sponsored by Maguire Jackson, which runs until 30 September.

Past events

Metropolis Screening: SOLD OUT Friday 8 September 2017, 5.30 pm to 9pm, RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook St, B3 1SA. 

Supriya Pandit, ‘Monochrome’


The RBSA gallery will be screening Fritz Lang’s classic dystopian sci-fi epic Metropolis in partnership with Flatpack: Assemble and Eureka. This event is now fully booked.

Metropolis was originally released in 1927. It’s one of the last of the classics of silent movies – the screening coincides with the 90th anniversary of the film, and the RBSA’s Metropolis exhibition, sponsored by Maguire Jackson, which runs until September 30.

Meet the Artist: Saturday 9 September, 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook St, B3 1SA. Free. No booking required.

Margaret Fairhead, ‘Last Train Arrivals’


Discover how Margaret Fairhead creates her detailed embroideries of urban scenes in this session exploring an artist’s inspiration and working life.

Margaret is a freelance textile artist. She specialises in machine embroidered pieces, exploiting the possibilities provided by her digital sewing machine to develop a variety of textural effects and colour-ways in a painterly manner.

Current sources of inspiration include Birmingham’s extensive canal network and transport systems.

By Deborah Broomfield, ART BLOG volunteer

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