New Year, new start… join our Friends scheme!

Make sure 2018 gets off to a great start with RBSA Friends membership… once you’ve signed up you can enter your artwork for our Open, Prize, and Friends exhibitions!

You’ll also gain access to a host of exclusive events and outings through the year. And you’ll be part of a growing network of artists with access to expert guidance and support…

ART BLOG has put together a round-up of forthcoming Friends events to give you a flavour of what’s coming up this year:


Appraisal with Alex Callaway RBSA

17 January

Appraisals provide friendly and constructive feedback to help you develop your work. Alex is a successful professional artist, an award-winning still-life painter, and was recently elected to full Member.

He is also an experienced tutor and well-versed in a variety of two-dimensional media, genres, and styles. You can bring up to two artworks and will receive feedback on at least one.

£5 / FREE for Friends


John Shakespeare, ‘Square Brush Technique’

February workshops

Don’t forget to use your Friends discount for our Winter Workshops! Our programme of art workshops for adults include courses focused on a range of techniques, styles, and materials.

They are devised in response to feedback and include some of your fellow Friends as workshop tutors. Workshops are also a great way to get inspired in time to make new work to enter exhibitions, such as the forthcoming Prize and Friends shows.

Full details of workshops will be available at the RBSA website in the New Year.


Appraisal with Brian Fletcher RBSA

7 March, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Don’t miss this great opportunity to receive friendly advice on your artwork in plenty of time to enter the Friends exhibition! Appraisals provide supportive and constructive feedback to help you develop your work.

Brian is a long-standing Member of the Society and a professional artist. He is experienced in a range of media and his colourful and expressive paintings, drawings, and calligraphy are well-known across the West Midlands. You can bring up to two artworks and will receive feedback on at least one.

£5 / FREE for Friends

Fran Currie, ‘Early Rain’

Coach Trip to FRESH: ART FAIR at Cheltenham Race Course

28 April

In its debut event last May, Fresh: Art Fair firmly established itself as the most exciting new art fair in Britain. Over 3 days, 4,500 art lovers flocked to the Centaur Building at Cheltenham Racecourse to see 46 leading UK Galleries showing 5,000 original prints, paintings and sculptures by 400 artists.

On a similar scale, 2018 will offer works by established and emerging artists, including RA and RWA Academicians and RBSA Members, for sale at prices from as little as £100 to a princely £50,000.

+ Find out more about the FRESH: ART FAIR

Booking essential

To book please contact the gallery on 0121 236 4353 for card payment or send us a cheque made payable to ‘RBSA’.

Friends Exhibition 2017

Friends exhibition entry form deadline

20 June, 4pm

Make the most of your subscription and exclusive exhibition opportunity by entering your artwork!

Friends don’t pay entry fees for their own exhibition, and only pay display fees if their work is selected.

You can download the application pack from the RBSA website, or request a pack to be e-mailed or posted to you by contacting the Gallery on 0121 236 4353 or emailing

Guest Lecture: An Evening with Andrew Logan

9 May

Delve into the life and work of Andrew Logan. Andrew is one of Britain’s principal sculptural artists. His work is often inspired by fauna, flora, planets, gods, and travel. It also challenges convention, mixes media, and plays with our artistic values. Born in Oxford in 1945, Andrew qualified in architecture in the late 1960s and has worked across the fields of sculpture, stage design, drama, opera, parades, festivals, and interior design. From his early fame amongst London’s fashionable crowd, he has become an influential artist of international stature, with exhibitions as far afield as Los Angeles (USA), Monterrey (Mexico), and St Petersburg (Russia).

To book please contact the gallery on 0121 236 4353 for card payment or send us a cheque made payable to ‘RBSA’.

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John Shakespeare, ‘Lynda Kettle’

Friends Art Fair

13 June 

Are you looking to develop your artwork and professionalise your arts practice?

Come to our Friends Arts Fair to learn about many of the basic skills involved in being a successful artist! This event is designed to introduce you to areas we frequently receive enquiries about, including how to:

  1. frame your work

  2. enter exhibitions using online applications

  3. be nominated for progression to Associate

Members, Associates, and Friends Committee representatives will all be on hand to provide information and answer questions. The evening will also present a great opportunity to network with your fellow artists.

£5 / FREE for Friends

Delivery day at a recent exhibition

Join Today!

Do you want to develop as an artist? Are you an art lover seeking to get more involved in the artistic life of the city? Then why not join our Friends scheme? Join now and receive great benefits!

Image credit: with thanks to John Shakespeare, who has recorded the life of the RBSA in many of his paintings.

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