October at the RBSA: new exhibitions, craft shows, and meet the artist events!

October at the RBSA is packed with great exhibitions and events, including opportunities to meet some amazing artists.

We have a literary themed exhibition Inspired by Words from the Birmingham Art Circle, and a water-based media show Splash! by the Birmingham Watercolour Society displaying a variety of styles.

Our Craft Gallery will be displaying beautiful selected hand-crafted pieces from the Birmingham School of Jewellery, as well as a celestial-themed jewellery exhibition Stellar, with a range of prices.

There’s also a number of upcoming solo exhibits, including a showing of Rob Perry’s stunning impressionistic landscapes.

We also have a wide range of inspiring workshops, so be sure to check these out!


Putting on a Show: RBSA Curators from 1900 – 2018 Until 6 Oct

Reflected Vault

‘Reflected Vault’, Steve Evans, Hon Curator RBSA

Our annual display of artwork from the RBSA Collection and Archive will focus this year on past Honorary Curators of the Society, including the late Paul Hipkiss. This exhibition coincides with ‘The City Beautiful’, which is the Centenary Celebration of Birmingham Civic Society.

Birmingham Art Circle: Inspired by Words until 6 October

Sue Howells

Art work by Sue Howells

This year’s exhibition expresses the inspiration gained from literature. A wide range of styles and media will be used to interpret the theme. The Birmingham Art Circle is a society of professional artists.

Sunlight, Water, Reflections, Blue Skies, Trees Rob Perry RBSA 8 Oct – 20 Oct 

Sun Breaking through Clouds in the Wyre Forest

To celebrate his landmark twentieth solo show with the RBSA, Rob will be displaying a range of recent landscapes. These will include impressionistic paintings in gouache and oils alongside more traditional drawing studies.

Splash! A Window on Watercolour Birmingham Watercolour Society 8 Oct – 20 Oct 2018

Cotswold Landscape

‘Cotswold Landscape’, Nigel Priddey

This display of watercolours and water-based-media paintings showcases recent work in a variety of styles, from traditional landscape to the abstract and semi-abstract. BWS has numerous links with the history of the RBSA and welcomes applications for membership from talented watercolourists.

A Fair Day’s Work Keith Turley RBSA 22 Oct – 03 Nov 2018


The Glory Hole

The show features large, striking canvases of portraits and figures in working environments. There are strong Black Country references in the form of chain-making, glassmaking and canals. A range of other crafts and portraits are also featured.

Learn more about Keith’s artworks at these following free events!

Tue 23 October Thu 25 October Sat 27 October, 12pm onwards Wed 30 October Thu 1 November

Craft Shows

Stellar 1 Oct 2018 – 2 Feb 2019

KatePhipps_Large scattered trillions pendants

‘Large Scattered Trillions’ pendants, Kate Phipps

Inspired by the wonder and mystery of stars and space, this display is unashamedly focused on all things bright, twinkly, and sparkly. Featuring hand-made jewellery in precious metals, ceramics and lustrous glazes, and textiles in plush fabrics, with a range of prices.

Solo Shows

Machines of Loving Grace Stephen Adams ARBSA until 3 Nov

Stephen Adams - Raku 2

Raku II

An exhibition of pottery, using stoneware, earthenware and Raku processes. The work is constructed using mechanical engineering techniques of bolting and assembly to form more complex units. Natural Histories Stephanie Redfern RBSA until 3 Nov

Gallery 1 Stephanie  Redfern

Two Pools, Autumn

Stephanie Redfern will be showing new stitched mixed media textile works based upon the natural world.  Stephanie paints and prints her fabrics using a variety of media, using collage, stitch, and mixed media.

Wonders of the Ordinary Alex Callaway RBSA 8 Oct – 3 Nov 



Through refining the process of painting from life, Alex aims to create a little magic from the mundane, inviting the viewer to slow down and contemplate the wonders of the ordinary.

Friends Events

All free to Friends, Members and Associates and £5 for Guests. Light refreshments included.

Guided Tour by Rob Perry RBSA 10 Oct 2018, 2 – 4pm

Sunset over the Teme Valley from CleeHill Summit.

Sunset over the Teme Valley from CleeHill Summit

Join long-standing Member of the RBSA Rob Perry for a tour of his latest exhibition of impressionistic paintings celebrating sunlight, reflections, blue skies and trees.

Inaugural Lecture by RBSA Professor of Painting, John Devane 11 Oct 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

John Devane

John Devane is a figurative painter and printmaker who has exhibited widely since graduating from the Royal College of Art. Drinks included.

Guided Tour by Keith Turley RBSA 31 Oct 2018, 2pm – 4pm


The Glassmakers

Keith will take you through his solo exhibition ‘A Fair Day’s Work’, explaining how he uses a colourful tapestry of linear brush strokes to create his large-scale images of the world of work.

Open Events

Free/drop-in unless otherwise specified

Paul Hipkiss’ Life and Work 6 Oct 2018, 2pm – 4pm


Work by Paul Hipkiss

Paul was the Honorary Curator of the RBSA until he passed away last year. His close friend, Lynn Jeffery RBSA, will provide informal information about his life and work, providing an opportunity to see his printing plates and sketchbooks.

Celebratory Open Event with Rob Perry and the Birmingham Watercolour Society 13 Oct 2pm – 4pm

Abstracted Sun and Trees. Wyre Forest.