June at the RBSA: Prize Exhibition, new Craft Show and featured solo artists…

There’s plenty going on at the RBSA this Spring, so make sure you visit our Gallery in the Jewellery Quarter soon.

Our Prize Exhibition is pulling in the crowds, alongside a variety of solo shows, artist demonstrations, and our new craft exhibition on a city theme, Urban Jungle.

And on 27 June we launch our annual Friends Exhibition. With so much to discover, here are some of the highlights…

Prize Exhibition Until 22 June

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‘Tom, Dick and Harry’ Pete Underhill

Our Prize Exhibition features renowned artists from across the UK and beyond. With a range of awards to be won, and much of the work in the exhibition for sale, it’s a great opportunity to come and see some of the best contemporary artists today, working in a range of media.

You’ll find landscapes, social commentary, abstract works, textile art, sculpture, still life, portraiture and prints… why not spend a day out one weekend, or even a quick trip in your lunch hour viewing art?

Remember, our Gallery staff are happy to help if you would like to make a purchase. Visit soon!

Friends Exhibition 27 June – 20 July

Our annual display of artwork by the Friends of the RBSA promotes their range of artistic talents and acknowledges their importance to the Society.

Be sure to show your support by coming to see this vibrant exhibition. Our Friends work in a range of media producing exciting contemporary art. Gallery staff are happy to help if you would like to make a purchase. Visit soon!

If you were unable to enter work this year, don’t forget you can become a Friend of the RBSA and do join our free mailing list to receive all the calls for entries next year.

Urban Jungle Until 29 September


The concrete architectural jungle of a city may seem very separate from a lush oasis. However, many urban environments hide gardens, parks and plants in their midst. This provides the inspiration for our latest craft exhibition ‘Urban Jungle’.

Find botanically inspired pieces of jewellery, ceramics and textiles, alongside graphic and architectural designer-maker craft. Every piece is hand-made by a designer-maker and prices start at just £15.

Summer Workshops


Looking for new activities for this summer? The RBSA has workshops throughout the summer for people interested in expanding or starting their artistic skills – and they are booking fast!

Continue below to find out a little bit more about our July Workshops.

Trees in Graphite Tue 23 July David Brammeld RBSA

Learn how to draw striking treescapes in pencil and graphite through a variety of techniques and expressive handling. Suitable for all abilities, including beginners.

£50 / £45

. Mixed Media Portrait Painting Wed 24 July  Jain McKay RBSA


Experiment with a variety of materials and approaches to help you create a selection of exciting portraits. Suitable for all abilities, including more experienced portrait artists seeking new ideas.

£60 / £55

. Experimental Life Drawing Thu 25 – Fri 26 July  Jain McKay RBSA

Produce exciting life drawings using a variety of materials and approaches. Suitable for all abilities, including more experienced portrait artists seeking new ideas. £115 / £105


Seeing and Thinking Portraiture Sat 27 July, 9am-5pm  Guest Tutors Paul Hill MBE and Maria Falconer FRPS

Engage with ‘sitters’ in natural situations using a range of simple techniques to create photographs that communicate more than a likeness. Suitable for new and experienced photographers alike. £55 / £50

. Improve Your Urban Drawing Mon 29 – Tue 30 July Ed Isaacs RBSA


A comprehensive overview of key drawing skills, involving one day of studiobased drawing and one day of urban sketching along local canals and streets. Suitable for those with some previous drawing experience. £50 / £45

. Life Drawing Wed 31 July Tina Willis-Jones, RBSA Friend

Learn about basic human anatomy, measuring techniques, scale and proportion to create dynamic life drawings in different media. Suitable for all abilities. £60 / £55

For more information about the workshops we have available across the summer and how to book, please visit our workshops page.


Solo Shows

Mel Mars’ ‘Art from Mars’ until 8 June

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An exhibition of ceramics and glass that includes stoneware, raku-fired pots, sui pots and glass pieces. These techniques create interesting textures and colours on the surface of the pots.

Mel welcomes you to touch her works, to fully appreciate how the light changes when they are held at different angles and to feel the differing textures.

Olivia Peake 10 June – 10 August

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An exploration of geometry, light and colour, blurring the boundaries between painting, sculpture and architecture. Olivia presents a paused moment in her practice that unveils transitions between colour, paint and support, fuelled with a curiosity of geometry and light.

Olivia was our recent New Art West Midlands winner.

Cristina Celestini, Memories Until 29 June


The drawings Cristina is presenting are inspired by the precision and detail of Renaissance line drawings and by classical chiaroscuro techniques.

The themes developed are memory, family and the resilience of human spirit.

All the drawings are an attempt to snap a finite moment in time in the lives of those dear to her and of the places always in her memory.

Cristina’s realistic style is integral  to this series of work to let the marks, her native Rome and the subjects tell their own story.

Stephen Butt, Two Styles One Theme Until 13 July


Matisse once said an artist should never be a prisoner of himself or of a style, this I hold to be true particularly in the multicultural world of the 21st century.

In this exhibition, Stephen continues to explore the manmade city in harmony with or opposition to nature.

The show includes two different styles of working, exploring the introduction of the figure – and therefore a narrative – and the introduction of oil painting.

Stephen says: ‘My conversion back to oil paint, partly due to studying David Cox in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has allowed me to represent a stronger form of realism and naturalism, which in turn lends itself to a narrative aspect.

‘The introduction of animate forms is conceived more as arranging players within stage sets as opposed to reacting to natural circumstances.

‘This often brings about an ‘oblique narration’ by which I mean, an action or story line which cannot quite be discerned but which is never the less inherent in the work.’


Visit us

Entry to all RBSA exhibitions is free and many of the works on show are on sale. We recommend viewing in person before making a purchase, but you can view many current exhibitions online, with prices, at our Flickr page. 

We take a deposit or full payment at the gallery, and you can arrange to collect your work once the exhibition is over. If you can’t make it to an exhibition, call us on 0121 236 4353 or email rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk

Visit the RBSA soon and see what original art you could be taking home…

Remember that booking is not required for our Saturday demonstrations, so feel free to drop by the Gallery on the day. For more details on all the events listed, and to find out about everything else going on at the RBSA, please take a look at the website.

Banner image: Deborah Timperley, Bridge Over Water – image Sylvian Deleu

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