Museum from Home: Explore the RBSA Archive Collection

The RBSA Permanent Collection consists of over 850 works by past and present Members & Associates of the RBSA, and artists who have a connection with the Society or the Midlands.

The RBSA Permanent Collection

The Collection aims to gather and conserve objects significant to the history of the RBSA and to Birmingham’s wider artistic heritage. In addition to ongoing acquisitions, each new elected Member of the RBSA donates one ‘Diploma Work’ to the RBSA Archive to ensure the collection continues to grow.

The Permanent Collection includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery. These objects are kept securely in temperature and humidity controlled conditions and the RBSA follows rigorous procedures to maintain Accredited Museum status.

Highlights of the Collection

Usually, the archive is run by a team of volunteers who look after the collection, conduct research and respond to archive enquiries. While the RBSA Gallery is closed, we reflect on the Collections Highlights project developed to celebrate 200 years of Art, Artists and Audiences in Birmingham.

The Highlights of the Collection was selected and researched by members of the RBSA’s Volunteer Archive Team in 2012-14.

Enjoying the Collection from home

Click on the images below to enlarge them and scroll down to see the comments for more information about each piece of art.

Anthony Sawbridge PPRBSA, The Balloon Seller


Aubrey Beardlsey, How Sir Belvidere Cast the Sword Excalibur into the Water


Benjamin Creswick RBSA, John Ruskin


Bernard Fleetwood-Walker PPRBSA, Caroline


Bernard Fleetwood-Walker PPRBSA, Joan Woollard


Bernard Sleigh RBSA, Rough Sea at Tintagel


David Cox Senior, Bolton Abbey


David Cox, Lane at Harborne


David Harban, RBSA, A Different View Lichfield Cathedral


Dawn Imogen Sallie Cookson, The Old Florentine


Elaine Hind, Blue Pot with Iris


Elizabeth Ridgway RBSA, Summer nap


Emmy Bridgwater, Stark Encounter


Frederick Thomas Lines, Self portrait


Frederick Thomas Lines, Tettenhall Church


Harold Henry Holden RBSA, March


Heinke Jenkins RBSA, We never had it so good


Henry Harris Lines, Bridgnorth


Hilary Paynter Hon. RBSA, Snowdonia


Jacqué Wakely RBSA, Tidal Wave


Joan Woollard PPRBSA, Jonah and the big fish


Joan Woollard PPRBSA, The Races


John Salt Hon. RBSA, Pink Trailer


John Shakespeare RBSA, The Square Brush Technique


Joseph Southall PPRBSA, The Old Portico


June Dudleston, Forest in Fall


Lyall Watson, Portrait of Henry Moore


Percy Hipkiss RBSA, Design for a matching set of costume jewellery entitled ‘Sea Fantasy’


Peter Gross RBSA, Peter Gross


Peter Wareing RBSA, Tall Vase


Rachel Ricketts RBSA, Caprice


Richard Chattock, Tabbing the Blast Furnace


Robert Ball, The Quarry at Rowley Regis


Sir Henry Rushbury (1889-1968), La Rochelle


Trevor Denning RBSA, RBSA Gallery, New Street


Usha Khosla RBSA, Bowl


Walter Jenks Morgan RBSA, The Meeting Place


William Breakspeare, Newlyn Woman


William John Wainwright PPRBSA, Portrait of John Keeley RBSA


William Roden RBSA (1817-1892), Head of a woman

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About Us

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) is an artist-led charity which supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts through a range of exhibitions, events and workshops.

The RBSA runs an exhibition venue – the RBSA Gallery – in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, a short walk from the city centre.

The gallery is currently closed due to Covid-19.

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