March at the RBSA: enter our Prize Exhibition and visit a host of new shows

March sees an exciting and diverse schedule at the RBSA. We have partnered with Sense to bring you Making Together, our inclusive multi-sensory exhibition.

You can immerse yourself in the work on display, catch our Photographic Prize Exhibition, browse our solo shows on the ground floor, visit our current craft show or come to one of our Meet the Artist events. And artists, make sure you enter our Prize Exhibition! Details below…


Screen-Printed Posters Workshop – Family Friendly Sun 3 March

Catch the very last of our series of winter workshops with screen-printed posters with Karoline Rerrie, a family-friendly session where you can learn how to screen-print copies of your own design onto paper using a silk-screen and a squeegee.

Suitable for all abilities! Booking essential. Call 0121 236 4353.


Photographic Prize Until 9 March

Geoffrey Hodgson, ‘Shelter’

The fourth RBSA Photographic Prize celebrates photographic artwork by both emerging and established photographers. This year we are collaborating with the Argentea Gallery to host the show, a space dedicated to portraying only the best of contemporary photography.

Prizes include a top prize of £1,000 and a coveted ground floor solo show for the winner of the People’s Prize. Make sure your voice is heard when you’re visiting, and cast your vote!

Making Together Until 9 March

Making Together continues in Gallery 1, an exhibition formed from a collaboration between the RBSA and Sense, a national charity dedicated to supporting people with complex disabilities.

A series of workshops conducted by RBSA artists aiding Sense participants from different residential areas across Birmingham has culminated in a wonderful display, not to be missed.

Open All Media 14 March – 13 April

Myfanwy Williams, ‘The Sirens’, detail

Mid-March sees the opening of our annual show of artwork by a variety of artists from across the UK who work in a range of media, subjects and styles.

The majority of works are on sale and are competitively priced, providing you with an excellent opportunity to find creative pieces!

Next Wave Associate Showcase 25 March – 11 May

Olivia Swinscoe

Next Wave is a biennial exhibition showcasing the work of early-career artists selected to the RBSA’s Next Wave Associate programme. It features an exciting blend of contemporary art across a range of media.

Craft Shows

Carnival Until 1 June

Baked by Lou

Inspired by the extravagant carnivals of New Orleans and Brazil, this exhibition includes dazzling jewellery, vivid ceramics and luxurious textiles. Each piece is handmade by its designer and prices start at just £15, so you can take a piece of the vibrancy home with you!

Call for Entries! Exhibition Deadlines

Please see below for our current calls for entries. Artists please note our Prize Exhibition is currently taking submissions, and 3 April is the deadline, so there’s still time to submit your work!

Solo Shows

Brian Fletcher RBSA Until 23 March

Multi-media artist Brian Fletcher presents Membranes and Fascias, inspired by a fascination with the Black Country’s industrial sites. These large panoramic paintings focus on the abstract, particular and unfamiliar, and are based on the textures and palimpsests of old walls and rusting metal.

A series of compelling works, by the winner of the 2009 RBSA Members and Associates Exhibition major prize.

Linda Nevill Until 30 March

Linda Nevill’s poetry-inspired etchings can be viewed on the gallery’s ground floor. Linda will be in the gallery along with poets Emma Purshouse and Jane Seabourne on 16 March for a live performance of poems that have influenced Linda’s work.

This unique show explores original prints and their links to poetry. Responding to subjects such as social issues, the natural world or a piece of poetry, printmaker Linda Nevill collaborates with writers Emma Purshouse and Jane Seabourne on a collection of etchings exploring landscape, still life, flamingos in captivity and football as a man’s game.

George Jackson  Until 5 April

3 Raku Ceramic Slabbed Forms

Joining us for a new solo show, George Jackson’s Process and Product is an exhibition of forms intending to communicate how the making process impacts the individual character and structure of the finished piece.

The work displayed will include functional thrown ware, simple pinch pot forms, larger coiled work, decorative slab built ware and some pate de verre cast glass. Ceramic pieces will feature both stoneware and raku fired work.

Events for Friends of the RBSA

Appraisal with Alex Callaway RBSA 27 March

Appraisals are informal sessions led by RBSA artists. You can bring up to two artworks and will receive feedback on at least one. Alex Callaway was elected to full Member in 2018 and is renowned for his meticulous realist style of painting.

By Moya Marshall, RBSA Intern

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