RBSA holds first ever Charity Auction with Bonhams, Deutsche Bank and Autistica

Art lovers are invited to bid on hotly-tipped artists at a Birmingham charity auction, with very affordable estimates meaning there will be bargains on the night.

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is to hold its first Charity Auction on November 2, run by Bonhams and hosted by Deutsche Bank at their prestigious Brindleyplace offices.

Tickets are £10 with income from ticket sales going to Autistica, Deutsche Bank’s Charity of the Year.

All auction proceeds will go to the RBSA: lots have been donated by artists to raise funds for the visual arts charity which is one of the oldest Royal Societies in the UK.

Auction highlights include works by prominent artists including Alex Callaway, John Scott Martin, Edward Noott and Robert Neil, all of whom have exhibited nationally and internationally, and whose art is held in private collections around the globe.

And there will be plenty of local appeal on the night, as regionally-renowned artists such as Robert Perry, Celia Nancarrow, the late Paul Hipkiss, George Jackson and Viv Astling also appear.

You can view a fully illustrated catalogue online as a downloadable pdf. Or browse categories at our Charity Auction portfolio page, where you’ll find landscapes, seascapes, ceramics, sculpture, abstracts, still life and portraits.

Robert Neil, President of the RBSA and a past finalist in the BP Portrait Award, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for art lovers to snap up a potential bargain. The range of artists featured at our Charity Auction is breathtaking.

“Reserves are very affordable, and it is possible that you could walk away with a work worth hundreds, if not thousands of pounds, for a fraction of the price.

“We hope to see both established collectors and those new to buying art at the event, which promises to be a thrilling night, and one we hope will raise much-needed funds, both for the RBSA and Autistica.”

The RBSA does not receive any regular government funding. Our Charity Auction is an exciting new way for the Society to fundraise, and will supplement annual donations from charities, corporates, and individuals.

Help keep the Gallery open by buying an auction ticket today. We want the RBSA to continue in its valuable services to the public and artists alike. Guests on the night will also be invited to support Autistica with an optional donation.

Jon Spiers, Chief Executive at Autistica, said, “We’re thrilled to be chosen as RBSA’s partner charity benefitting from ticket sales from the event, which will help us to give long, happy, healthy lives to all autistic people and their families through groundbreaking research.”

A spokesperson for Bonhams added: “‘Bonhams are honoured to be asked to assist with the auction of these works in order to raise funds for these very worthy charitable causes.”

  1. A fully illustrated catalogue is available online as a downloadable pdf

  2. Bidders are invited to browse the catalogue and shortlist works of interest

  3. All donated works can be viewed on arrival at the venue

  4. After registering, guests will be given a numbered paddle to hold up when bidding

  5. The event starts with welcome drinks at 6.30pm

  6. The auction itself runs from 7.30pm to approximately 8.30pm

  7. Bidding will take place at the auction and is open to ticket holders only

  8. Payment can be taken at the end of the evening

  9. A 50% deposit can be placed if works are to be collected from the RBSA Gallery

To purchase a ticket:

  1. Call us on 0121 236 4353 to pay by card over the phone

  2. Send a cheque in the post (payable to ‘RBSA’) to RBSA, 4 Brook St, Birmingham B3 1SA

  3. Pay by cash in person at the Gallery

  4. Pay via our website

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