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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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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