September at the RBSA: into autumn with exhibitions, workshops and solo shows…

Autumn at the RBSA is packed with great events and exhibitions for all tastes. We have our emerging artists’ showcase, Next Wave 2018, for those of you who like your art conceptual and very current.

We’re delving into the archives for our Curators’ show, with a look at past Honorary Curators of the Society, including the late Paul Hipkiss.

Our friends at Birmingham Art Circle are taking a literary theme for their latest exhibition Inspired by Words later in the month, and we’re back into the archives for our Extraordinary Women Saturday demo, which will reveal some of the most formidable females in our Collection.

With our Shape Up! craft exhibition continuing, and a host of solo shows, there are plenty of reasons to visit us this autumn, so make sure you drop by during a lunch hour or at the weekend! We will be delighted to welcome you…

RBSA Next Wave 2018 6 –  22 September

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Yasmin Boyle NWA

An exciting biennial exhibition of work sponsored by Galliard Homes & Apsley House Capital by early-career artists to help support and promote the development of their careers in the arts sector.

Artist Insights: Next Wave, Sat 15 Sep, 11am–1pm: Join us for an informal tour and discussion of the conceptual and abstract artworks on display. FREE event, no need to book.

Nomination and Next Wave, Wed 12 Sep, 6 – 8pm: Aimed at artists keen to exhibit in our emerging artists’ programme of exhibitions, join a tour of the Next Wave show, and learn from artists and staff the lowdown on nomination and how to apply. Free to Friends, Members and Associates / £5 for Guests. Drinks included.

Putting on a Show: RBSA Curators from 1900 – 2018 24 Sept – 6 October


Paul Hipkiss

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. Paul’s family are kindly loaning a collection of his work and some of his prints will be available to purchase. This exhibition coincides with ‘The City Beautiful’, which is the Centenary Celebration of Birmingham Civic Society.

Birmingham Artists in the 20th Century, Thu 27 Sep, 6pm: Join RBSA Professor of Art History, Brendan Flynn in an engaging talk describing the prominent Birmingham artists of the 20th Century. This event is part of ‘The City Beautiful’ centenary programme. £7 (includes drink), booking essential

Birmingham Art Circle: Inspired by Words 24 Sept – 6 October

Peter Ford, 'Finding Filonov'

Peter Ford, ‘Finding Filonov’

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 an art society of professional artists. It has held numerous shows at the RBSA Gallery over many years, each with a different theme.

Birmingham Art Circle Celebratory Open Day, Sat 29 Sept, 11am – 2pm:  The Birmingham Art Circle invite you to meet the artists at their exhibition inspired by words. A guest speaker will select the annual award winner and highly commended works at 1pm. FREE event, no need to book.

Extraordinary Women of the RBSA Sat 8 Sep 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Hilda Mary Harvey, 'The Coloured Scarf'

Hilda Mary Harvey, ‘The Coloured Scarf’

To coincide with the Heritage Open Days ‘Extraordinary Women’ theme, learn about some of the women of the Society. One of the most popular posts ever at ART BLOG was our feature on women artists!

Shape Up Until 29 September

If you, like us at the RBSA gallery, have a love for innovative, bright and bold designs then Shape Up is the perfect craft show for you.  Shape Up offers a range of exciting geometric designs in jewellery, ceramics, and textiles by our own selected designer-makers.

The featured designs start at just £7 making them affordable and the perfect original gift for others (or yourself!) No matter your taste or budget, Shape Up has something for everyone.

Solo Shows

Forest of Dreams Mathé Shepheard RBSA 3 Sept – 6 October


An exhibition of trees with a life of their own; proud, expressive or dreamlike, alongside lake reflections, in watercolour and Indian ink.

Machines of Loving Grace Stephen Adams ARBSA 10 Sept –  3 Nov


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 17 Sept – 3 November

stephanie R

Textile work starts with an interface of design and material. Stephanie paints and prints her fabrics using a variety of media, using collage, stitch, and mixed media.

Landscape Through Clay Usha Khosla Until 8 September


‘Autumn in the Rockies’

Usha’s ceramics are inspired by landscapes, especially rock formations of many countries. The pots are hand built and represent 3D paintings, with surface decoration applied in layers. The results can be unpredictable and challenging.

From Another Angle Steve Evans Until 15 September

Torsion - Straight (N)comp

This show features abstract drawings which explore and extend pictorial space by using light, line and colour, combining geometry and visual disturbance. Some are based on architectural themes and others optical explorations of shape, form, and structural distortion.



Our art workshops attract more attendees each year, helping us to engage a wide range of art-lovers with making their own visual art. All workshops run from 11am until 4.30pm and are suitable for adults aged 18 and over, unless stated otherwise. Booking is essential. Just call 0121 236 4353 and you can pay over the phone.

Drawing Nature Cristina Celestini, RBSA Sat 1 Sep

Learn how to observe and manipulate pictures, photos, and sketches of the natural world to create interesting drawings in pencil and charcoal. This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediates. £50/£45*

Beautiful City Posters With Karoline Rerrie Sun 30 Sep

To coincide with the Civic Society’s ‘The City Beautiful’ programme, design a poster inspired by well- known buildings and places in Birmingham. Draw your design onto silk screens & print your own colourful posters! Family Friendly workshop, 2-4pm

How to book • Call 0121 236 4353 to pay by card over the phone. • Visit the Gallery and pay by cash, card, or cheque. • Send a cheque in the post (please make payable to ‘RBSA’ and include details of the workshop/s you wish to book). • Can’t decide? View the full workshop outlines on our website. • Please note: Bookings are subject to receipt of full non-transferable and non-refundable payment.

Visit us

Entry to all RBSA exhibitions is free and many of the works on show are on sale. We recommend viewing in person before making a purchase, but you can view many current exhibitions online, with prices, at our Flickr page. 

We take a deposit or full payment at the gallery, and you can arrange to collect your work once the exhibition is over. If you can’t make it to an exhibition, call us on 0121 236 4353 or email

Visit the RBSA soon and see what original art you could be taking home…

Remember that booking is not required for our Saturday demonstrations, so feel free to drop by the Gallery on the day. For more details on all the events listed, and to find out about everything else going on at the RBSA, please take a look at the website.

Banner image: Aimee Millward, ‘Reflections of a Heterotopia’

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