Inclusive art: a research sharing event with the RBSA and Sense

Join RBSA artists and Sense staff to discuss how to make the arts accessible for all at a research sharing event in March.

A groundbreaking project recently led to RBSA staff and artists being trained in providing practical art activities for people with multiple sensory impairment (MSI).

Tailored workshops were delivered, and the current Connecting Creatively exhibition is celebrating the work of all involved. You can visit the show until February 24.

The RBSA and Sense will share their findings on 8 March at an event for any individual or organisation working with people with complex communication needs.  The event offers participants the chance to network, listen to talks, and discuss how to make the arts more inclusive. You can book your free place here.

Sunney Sharma, Arts and Wellbeing Coordinator at Touchbase Pears, said: “The final work on show at Connecting Creatively looks absolutely stunning and this exhibition should not be missed. Everyone can experience art in their own unique way. It’s collaboration at its finest.

“I am so proud of what has been achieved by the artists. They have developed their own practice and approach to workshop delivery alongside the amazing creativity of Sense participants.

“These inclusive art sessions are so important for people with complex communication needs. Art-making traditions, tools, and mediums are continually advancing and we need to make sure we are always exploring how to develop delivery.”


RBSA and Sense Research Sharing Session

Join us on Thursday 8 March, 6 – 8pm, at the Touchbase Pears Centre.

RBSA artists and Sense staff will share their findings from a collaborative project with individuals who have complex communication needs.

  1. Learn more about the work of the Touchbase Pears Centre in Selly Oak:

  2. You can follow the Sense blog at

  3. Participating artists: Annette Pugh ARBSA, Rob Hamp NWA, and Karoline Rerrie Friend of RBSA

We are very grateful to the following organisations for funding this project:

The George Fentham Birmingham Charity, The Roughley Trust, The Heart of England Community Foundation, The Harry Payne Fund, The Oakley Charitable Trust, The Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust, The Dumbreck Charity.

Outreach work 

A short film of a recent project with Focus Birmingham, funded by the West Midlands Museum Development Fund is coming soon!

We delivered art outreach activities at Focus in Harborne, featuring RBSA artists and artworks from the RBSA Collection.

We have the potential to work with many different groups, helping people who may struggle to access the visual arts to engage in tailor-made sessions.

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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