Could your group benefit from the outreach work of the RBSA?

Community groups and individuals who experience challenges accessing the visual arts can learn more about the outreach work undertaken by the RBSA.

A film made with funding from West Midlands Museum Development is in the final stages of editing. It will show how the RBSA is bringing its Permanent Collection and the expertise of its artists to community groups.

Sessions at Focus, the charity for people experiencing sight loss and disability, were recorded to show how people can enjoy art through use of all the senses.

Natalie Osborne, the RBSA’s Learning and Engagement Manager, said: ‘The support of the WMMD has been vital in enabling us to undertake this outreach work and film our artists and experts in action.

‘Their commitment demonstrates an understanding of the practical issues faced by many smaller organisations trying to increase access and inclusion within limited budgets.

‘Everyone involved has enjoyed working on the outreach sessions and film, and we’ve found all the feedback really useful.’

The RBSA Gallery is open seven days a week and free to visit. It is one of the oldest art societies in the UK and one of our core objectives is to make the visual arts accessible to all. We deliver sessions and workshops offsite as part of our outreach work.

Ian Reynolds with Focus workshop participant Charlene Kerr-Spencer

Natalie added: ‘We want as many people as possible to be able use these resources. Producing films that can be used by everyone, including deaf or blind audiences, helps us achieve this.’

Danielle Hansbury, Registered Sign Language Interpreter, said: ‘ I have enjoyed working on the project and am pleased to see the effort RBSA is making to ensure their website and videos are inclusive of the deaf community.

‘It’s a learning process for all involved and I think everyone has been really open to ideas about the best way of approaching things. A combination of both an in-vision interpreter and subtitles gives the deaf viewer optimal access to films.’


Natalie Osborne with a workshop participant at Focus, Harborne

Do you work with people with disabilities or complex communication needs? Could your group benefit from the RBSA’s outreach work? We can tailor sessions to suit your individual or group needs and you can call us to discuss sessions ahead of booking.

How to book an outreach visit

  1. Call or e-mail the RBSA Gallery on 0121 236 4353,

  2. Ask to speak to Natalie Osborne, the Learning and Engagement Manager.

  3. Provide information, such as: the type of activity you would like, the times you would like this to take place, the group size, and location.

  4. Where funding is available, the RBSA will provide activities for free. However, if funding is not available, we have to charge to cover costs. Therefore, please also mention what budget you have. Where possible, we always try to offer something within budget.

  5. All activities are administered by an RBSA staff member, delivered by a professional artist, and designed in line with RBSA safeguarding and health & safety policies. Outlines and risk assessments can also be provided.

  6. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Natalie (working hours Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm), who will be very happy to help you.

Useful links:

  1. How to find us (includes access film):

  2. Disabled access guide:

  3. RBSA What’s On:

  4. Focus Birmingham website:

This work is part of a project funded by the West Midlands Museum Development Fund, which is managed by Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust with funding from Arts Council England.

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