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

Firstly, we must apologise for the lateness of this month’s round-up. There are still plenty of exciting upcoming events that you won’t want to miss, so carry on reading and visit us soon!

What’s on…

While the Prize Exhibition continues, the Gallery is also playing host to a variety of solo shows, a demonstration on the art of self-portraiture, and our craft exhibition Shape Up. And on 27 June we launch our annual Friends Exhibition. With so much to discover, here are some of the highlights…

Prize Exhibition Until 23 June

Lloyd Allen, ‘Holkham Bay’


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!

Gabrielle Roberts-Dalton June 23

‘Pain in the Neck’


Join us at the Gallery for a demonstration by Gabrielle Roberts-Dalton, revealing the methods she undertakes to complete a self-portrait.

Gabrielle has a number of successes in her art career. These include winning the visitor’s vote in the 2014 Open Exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, and being a finalist in the Artist & Illustrators Artist of the Year 2014 exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.

Storytelling, novels, and events in Gabrielle’s life are consistent influences on her paintings, resulting in work that expresses the vulnerable relationship between the world and the artist.

This is an open event, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm and there’s no need to book. Everyone is welcome, and it’s a free demo… what more could you ask for!

Shape Up Until 29 September

If you, like us at the RBSA gallery, have a love for innovative, bright and bold designs then Shape Up is the perfect craft show for you.  Shape Up offers a range of exciting geometric designs in jewellery, ceramics, and textiles by our own selected designer-makers.

The featured designs start at just £7 making them affordable and the perfect original gift for others (or yourself!) No matter your taste or budget, Shape Up has something for everyone.

Solo Shows

Menopause: A Change of Life Gabrielle Roberts-Dalton 18 June – 4 August

‘The Observer’


Gabrielle produces self-portraits that explore different thoughts and ideas about the physical and emotional effects of the menopause. Her thought-provoking self-portraits are presented in oil, ink, and print.

Geoff Hodgson The Viaduct 18 June – 28 July

Geoff was a winner in last year’s Photographic Prize and this exhibition featuring the Duddeston Viaduct in Digbeth is his prize. Come and reflect on a forgotten corner of Birmingham in this thought-provoking show.

Summer Workshops

Looking for new activities for this summer? The RBSA has on-going 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.

Vibrant Pastels with Janette Summerfield 23 July – 24 July

Learn how to utilise texture, colour, and composition to create vibrant, eye-catching pastel artworks.

Mixing Media! with Ann Hackett 25 July – 26 July

Discover how to use a variety of media in a range of ways to create interesting artworks. Ann will provide plenty of hints and tips on how to use pen, ink, paint, papers, and materials such as bleach to give your work added texture, depth, and spontaneity.

Painting Small With a Big Brush with Mathe Shepheard 27 July

Produce a selection of small expressive watercolour paintings to develop free movement of the hand using a range of brushes and colours.

Pastel Gardens with Lynda Kettle 28 July

Experiment with mark-making techniques and coloured papers to create vibrant pastel paintings based on your own reference material.

Experimental Portrait Painting with Jain McKay 30 July – 31 July

Back by popular demand! Trial a variety of materials and approaches to create a selection of exciting portraits. There will be a live model on the second day of the workshop.

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

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.

By Kara Neill, RBSA Marketing Intern

#ArtClasses #exhibitionsinBirmingham #summerevents #thingstodoinbirmingham

© 2020 by RBSA Gallery
Images © the artist or the artist’s estate unless stated otherwise.