Friends Exhibition: celebrating art at the RBSA

Come to the RBSA in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter before July 22 to catch the annual Friends Exhibition – showcasing diverse talent in a range of media.

The Friends have been part of the RBSA since the 1900s and the Society was one of the first to allow subscribers to hold their own exhibitions.

This year’s Friends Exhibition features an extremely high standard of work, and there’s an interesting variety of paintings, sketches, textiles, portraiture, ceramics, and sculpture.

Textile Artist Judith Rowley, whose ‘Requiem for the Children of Aberfan’ takes centre stage in Gallery Two, said: “It’s a stimulating and very striking exhibition. The diversity in terms of 2D, 3D and different media makes me so proud to be a part of it.”

Fellow exhibitor Glen Ibbitson said: “It’s nice to see that most of the exhibition involves the world around us. What caught my eye was some of the little gems, things you wouldn’t see at first.”

Wayne Attwood, Vice President of the RBSA, added: “There’s a lot of diversity in this year’s Friends Exhibition and that’s a particularly good thing for this show, as it reflects the breadth of work coming through.

“The standard this year has been extremely high. The judges have done a great job. The people who have managed to get through should be very pleased with themselves. Congratulations to all the artists who were selected!”

The RBSA Gallery is the perfect platform for artists at all stages of their career, and many Friends progress to become Associates and Members, as well as Council Members with a say in the Society’s future.

Could you be a Friend of the RBSA?

Benefits include:

  1. Discounts and private views

  2. Special events

  3. Free entry to certain exhibitions

  4. Networking opportunities

  5. Newsletter and email updates

For more news on what is happening at the RBSA over the next few months, check out our full range of summer exhibitions

Did you know?

  1. The Birmingham Society of Artists was formed in 1821, aiming to establish a museum for works of art, provide facilities for students, hold public exhibitions and extend art education in Birmingham.

  2. In 1868 Queen Victoria granted the Society royal status, and it has held annual exhibitions with minor interruptions during the war years ever since.

  3. The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists played an important part in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Sir John Everett Millais and Sir Edward Burne-Jones both served as presidents of the RBSA. Other well-known presidents include Lord Leighton and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

Buy the art you love

The RBSA offers 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.

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