December at the RBSA: give the gift of art this Christmas

It’s cold outside but you can escape the bleak midwinter by stepping into our gallery for some seasonal cheer.

Think of us as a department store specialising in fine art and contemporary crafts…

Our exhibition spaces across three floors offer Christmas shoppers a wealth of choice for those seeking gifts for art lovers… and every gift in turn helps support some of the region’s finest talent.

Our programme of exhibitions this month sees stunning work featured in our Members and Associates show of contemporary art in a range of media.

We also have some wonderful gift ideas to suit all budgets in Starlight, which features a galaxy of jewellers, designers and artisan makers.

On December 16, budding artists can attend a  free pastel demonstration given by Marylane Barfield at our Gallery just off St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter.

Marylane is a distinguished artist and Past President of the RBSA, and will be on hand to offer insights into pastel techniques and her works in the current Members and Associates Exhibition. Don’t miss our interview with Marylane, coming soon!

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Work by Robert Hand

Towards the end of the month, we will be offering our equivalent of the January sales, without the stress and mayhem.

StArt is an exhibition featuring original artwork by RBSA artists all priced at £300 and under – a great starting point for budding art collectors.

Members and Associates Exhibition

23 November – 23 December

If you’re stuck for Christmas present ideas, why not visit this annual showcase of artwork by our Members and Associates? The show provides a great opportunity to explore the talent represented by the RBSA. You can also purchase work by our artists.

All our Members and Associates started out as Friends of the RBSA. Are you interested in joining? Why not come to one of our forthcoming Friends events to find out more…

RBSA Craft Gallery Exhibitions

As one of the leading outlets for contemporary craft in the Midlands, the RBSA showcases the work of designer makers through our creatively themed displays on the ground floor of our Jewellery Quarter gallery.


until 27 January

Starlight explores space and the skies above us, with a constellation of artistic responses to this glittering theme.

From jewellery inspired by meteorites and shooting stars, to space-age ceramics and ethereal glass, you’ll discover an oasis of tranquil Christmas shopping, with a host of contemporary craft and design – come and browse handmade gifts with prices to suit all pockets.


30 December – 10 February

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The StArt exhibition provides an opportunity for art enthusiasts with smaller budgets to purchase original art works for £300 or less.

Over the years, the exhibition has grown in popularity to become a much anticipated event. Not only does it attract visitors looking for affordable high quality art, it demonstrates the RBSA’s ethos of providing art for everyone.

Buy the art you love

We also offer an interest-free loan* on purchases to the value of £100 – £2,000 through Arts Council England’s ‘Own Art’ scheme. Enquire at the Gallery or click here for details. * Representative 0% APR

Visit the RBSA soon and shop for Christmas presents where all is calm…

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