Jewellery Quarter Open Studios: artists in Birmingham share their secrets

What goes into creating a great work of art? Most are only shown to the public when they are finished…

But what if you could look in on the process, and see something take shape?

The RBSA is offering a behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s life as part of the Jewellery Quarter Open Studios weekend at the end of July.

For the third year running artists, sculptors, designers and makers across this historic district will be opening their workshop and studio doors and inviting you inside.

The Open Studios weekend on 29-30 July promises to be a great family day out in Birmingham, giving you the chance to discover how all manner of art, jewellery and artisan goods are made.

Open Studios at the RBSA

See two sculptors creating their work from our gallery and gain an insight into their practice.

You’ll be able to find out how Robert Page creates his striking sculptures on Saturday 29 July. And on Sunday 30 July, Paul Brown will have photos, sketchbooks, and works-in-progress to show how he creates his figurative pieces.

Robert Page said: “I’m a portrait sculptor and I’m bringing my partner Alan as my model to do two sessions.

“The preparatory work will have already been done so that people can see a work in progress. I will have an idea of how I want it to look, but of course that can change as you are working.”

Gallery Two at the RBSA, which lies just off St Paul’s Square, will be transformed into a sculptor’s studio complete with floor coverings.

Robert will be working in clay, and hopes that seeing a sculpture take shape will be an interesting experience for visitors: “Open Studios is very important because the arts really struggle to get funding, so anything that engages people is great.”

Paul Brown, who also works in clay to produce largely figurative sculptures, added: “I’m planning to bring a couple of finished sculptures to the RBSA, and will also be working on a portrait piece on the day.”

Robert Page will be at the RBSA on Saturday 29 July 11-1pm and 2-4pm.

Paul Brown will offer a further session on Sunday 30 July, 2-4pm.

The RBSA Gallery is based at 4 Brook Street, Birmingham B3 1SA.

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Jewellery Quarter Open Studios  

The Jewellery Quarter is increasingly becoming home to independent artists and makers. A new creative community is thriving, and the Open Studios event seeks to celebrate the talent coming out of this historic area of Birmingham.

In addition to events at the RBSA you can see a mini film festival, visit three breweries, and watch jewellery and art being made across three galleries over the weekend.

Tapestry maker Tina Francis, curator and coordinator of Jewellery Quarter Open Studios, said: “I wanted Open Studios to reflect the diverse trades and makers that call the Jewellery Quarter home.”

Did you know?

  1. Open Studios run all over the world, from Brighton to New York.

  2. Artists sell their work and demonstrate their expertise direct to the public.

  3. Visitors can make a day of visiting open studio events.

  4. The aim is to give a glimpse into an artist’s working life.

Further details can be found on the JQBid website.

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