September at the RBSA: major retrospective and a host of new shows

September sees a major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Katherine Mary Fryer (1910 – 2017).

If you’re looking to learn more about the Birmingham art scene and how it developed, then check out this powerful retrospective about the woman who helped influence countless Birmingham artists.

Elsewhere in the programme, our exhibitions and solo shows will present a variety of art and styles across our three floors of gallery space. Fans of landscape paintings will love the work of Robert Perry, while those who enjoy art in a range of different media will enjoy the joint exhibition held by the Birmingham Art Circle and Shapeshifters Sculpture Group.


Robert Perry: Full Circle 2 – 21 September

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Birmingham 2014: 1st prize, Birmingham Today, RBSA 2014

Rob has held an annual solo show at the RBSA Gallery for 20 years!

View his landscape paintings that are produced all over the UK and Europe using ingenious and self-made equipment, such as his famous studio-van, which he has adapted to suit his unorthodox method of working.

Brought up in the Black Country, Perry’s dedication to hard work and craftmanship has helped to influence his method of painting.

His European landscapes have an emphasis on the effects brought about by industrialisation, war, seasons, and the passage of time, among other effects on the globe.

Life’s Journey: The Art of Katherine Mary Fryer (1910 – 2017) 2 – 21 September

65. Galway Bay

Katherine Mary Fryer, Galway Bay

Kate Fryer, a longstanding member of the RBSA, and the Society’s first Professor of Painting in 1991, worked as a tutor at the Birmingham School of Art in the 1950s and 60s, making a significant impact on the development of artistic talent in the city. While there, she also worked with fellow influential artist Bernard Fleetwood-Walker.

This retrospective traces Kate’s fascinating life through her paintings, prints, drawings and ephemera.

Making Together: Mentor Programme RBSA and Sense 9 September – 12 October


Sense, founded more than sixty years ago, is an organisation whose mission is that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfill their potential.

This groundbreaking sensory art exhibition will showcase a selection of artwork produced by artists with complex disabilities after support from artists Annette Pugh ARBSA and Karoline Rerrie.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Birmingham Art Circle and Shapeshifters Sculpture Group 23 September – 5 October

Astling.Viv.Goldberg Variations B RBSA Gallery Flickr

Viv Astling, Goldberg Variations B

An exciting joint show by two professional art groups.

The Birmingham Art Circle, founded in 1879, has a longstanding association with the RBSA and includes artists working in a range of media from painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and mixed media. They represent some of the best artists in the Midlands.

Shapeshifters Sculpture Group is a West Midlands-based group of talented sculptors who work with stone, wood, and a range of other materials like clay and metal.

Solo Shows

Paul Brown RBSA Figurative Sculpture in Clay until 28 September

paul brown sculpture Workshops

Clay portrait busts, figures, and masks that capture human expression and movement.

Terry Lord ARBSA Cities, Coasts and Countryside until Sat 28 September


Terry’s favourite subjects, united by the theme of finding beautiful colour in all manner of places.

Terry is a Leicestershire artist whose oil painted landscapes glow with warmth. Having studied briefly at Loughborough College, Terry got a job at a local design studio illustrating children’s books and greetings cards, a career he continued for forty years.

Alongside his commercial work, Terry has exhibited in numerous exhibitions across the country from the Mall Galleries in London to Birmingham and Bath.

Terry is an admirer of the Impressionists whose style has influenced his own work.

“My painting is about light and atmosphere, I want you to feel as if you are standing there, you’ve got to feel part of the picture.”

Heinke Jenkins Migrants until 7 Sept


A series of nine lino-cut prints charting the perilous journeys made by migrants.

Heinke was born in Heilbronn, West Germany, just before the outbreak of World War II, moving to Britain in 1961.

She studied painting at the University of Stuttgart under Mannfred Henninger, but switched to graphic design and illustration. She went on to specialise in printing and lino-cuts, staying true to the traditions of her native Germany despite their being not much of a printmaking scene in the UK at the start of her career.

She maintained links with her hometown through the Heilbronn Artists’ Association, and also showed at the Royal Academy in London.

Her work is haunted by the aftermath of war, with frequent allusions to control, brutality, displacement and escape.

Shirley Bonas RBSA All Seasons, All Weathers 30 September – 16 November


The Cascade at Himley Hall

Shirley Bonas, a creator of vivid and beautiful landscape paintings featuring woodlands and forests, has a Degree in Fine Art from Wolverhampton University and is a former lecturer at Stourbridge college. It was during this period that she was granted two Arts Council Lottery awards for her work in Adult Education Directing Community Arts Projects; followed by a Dudley Arts Council Grant for Self-Employment Work in Adult Learning.

A member of the RBSA, Shirley’s work has received awards and commendations over the years and her most current work is inspired by her love of the Wyre Forest and local environment near her home in Bewdley.

Andrew Matheson RBSA Pour Me a Drink 30 September – 16 November

small ginger jars

Small Ginger Jars

Andrew Matheson, a member of the RBSA, works with ceramics and his hand-thrown ceramic cups and jugs show the variety and beauty to be found in functional objects.

He graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and owns a unique city centre pottery studio and gallery. He has won numerous awards for his work and exhibits in galleries across the United Kingdom.

Andrew’s works shows a unique skill with ceramics and he specialises in stoneware and porcelain pieces hand-thrown with a variety of distinctive glazes.

Craft Shows

Urban Jungle Until 14 September


The concrete architectural jungle of a city may seem very separate from a lush oasis. However, many urban environments hide gardens, parks and plants in their midst. This provides the inspiration for our latest craft exhibition ‘Urban Jungle’.

Find botanically inspired pieces of jewellery, ceramics and textiles, alongside graphic and architectural designer-maker craft. Every piece is hand-made by a designer-maker and prices start at just £15.

Enchanted 16 September 2019 – 1 February 2020

Susie Andrews

Pendant, handmade lamp-worked glass

The festive season is a magical and enchanting time of year. This exhibition of handmade designer-maker craft is the perfect opportunity to purchase something unique and special for a loved one, or yourself.

Whether it’s sumptuous textiles, charming ceramics, or beautiful jewellery, there is something for everyone.

Visit Us

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

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 Gallery soon and see what original art you could be taking home…

For more details on the events listed, and to find out about everything else going on at the RBSA, please take a look at the website.

By Lauren Turner, RBSA intern

Banner image: Kate Fryer, Evening, Whitby Bay

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