Looking for inspiration for Christmas gifts? The RBSA is a great place to find a unique and heartfelt present for art lovers. Our Craft Exhibition displays a range of handcrafted ornaments, jewellery and accessories, all on the ground floor, where you can also find our new starter art kits.
Browse our superb collection of jewellery in a variety of precious metals and stones – a brilliant chance to get a highly personalised present for a loved one. We also have many original artworks for sale displayed across three floor spaces in our annual Members & Associates Exhibition, on until Christmas Eve.
Know someone who loves doing arts and crafts? We’re excited to bring you two starter art kits (both £25), for linocut printing and watercolour painting.
These kits are a really fun way for beginners to learn a new medium, and they provide everything you need to get started. Linocut is an accessible form of printing, using linoleum as the surface into which the design is cut and used as a relief to print with.
If you’d like to learn more about this technique, printmaker Eric Gaskell ARBSA is holding a two-day workshop 18-19 February, suitable for all abilities (£120/£110 for Members, Associates, Friends and full-time students). Call 0121 236 4353 to book.
Watercolour Starter Set: Contains: A4 watercolour pad; synthetic art sponge; kidney palette (six wells); brush set, and watercolour paints.
Lino Printing Starter Set: Contains: Ink Tray; Caligo Printing ink; roller; lino cutting tool set, and A5 lino sheet.
In addition to our jewellery displays, we have handcrafted objects including Rachel Elliot’s silhouette glass animals, with prices from £35-60. These fun and festive ornaments are adorned with various whimsical designs in bright permanent colours and would make great Christmas presents. Elliot uses screen-printing with fired enamels, combined with the modern innovation of water-jet cutting.
If you know someone looking to liven up their home, Denis Di Luca’s handmade ornamental ceramics, with a price range of £30-£250, could also make for an excellent gift. Di Luca uses Raku, a traditional low-firing process, in various techniques including Obvara Firing or Baltic Raku, that uses flour and yeast during firing; Horse Hair decoration; and Stoneware. These traditional techniques adapted for contemporary tastes result in highly individual pieces.
The RBSA is also displaying beautiful and affordable original artworks in our Members & Associates Exhibition, including pieces under £100.
Here are some highlights:
Andrew Matheson RBSA ‘Rounded Hill Form’, Stoneware, £55.
Margot Bell RBSA ‘A Wedding Gift’, Woodcut, £75 (2 unframed at £60).
Look out for our follow up StART Exhibition (29 December – 9 February) featuring artwork by RBSA artists, all priced at £300 and under – a great starting point for budding art collectors, and much less stressful than the January sales!
By Alfie Hancox RBSA Blog Volunteer