Take a look at our Friends events and join the RBSA!

Our Friends have been an important part of the RBSA since the 1900s and the Society was one of the first to offer subscribers their own exhibitions.

The RBSA likes to acknowledge the contributions made by our membership, and at the annual Friends Exhibition artists’ work is exhibited as a celebration of their achievements.

In addition, Friends receive discounts, access to private views, a range of talks, tours and workshops, free entry to exhibitions, plus networking opportunities.

October is a great time to join. You get three extra months of events in addition to everything in 2018. Here’s a selection of Friends events coming up this autumn and into next year. If you buy membership now, all of the following are included:

Photo Focus 2: Digital Photo Workshop, 4 October, 6.30pm – 8.30pm: event led by DJ (David Johnson)

Following his immensely popular talk in 2014, David ‘DJ’ Johnson returns to show you how to take professional photographs of your artwork and then modify them further in Photoshop.

DJ is a photographer and a highly skilled painter. He has completed large-scale mural commissions and has exhibited at the RBSA Gallery and the Malvern Winter Gardens.

£12 per person /£7 for Friends of the RBSA

Ed Isaacs, 'The Jewellery Quarter'

Guided Tour, 2 – 4pm, 12 October: Event led by John Shakespeare, Wayne Attwood, Ed Isaacs, and Robert Perry

Receive behind-the-scenes insights into the Around the Jewellery Quarter and Sunlight 3 exhibitions from the artists themselves.

Your guides will discuss the sources of inspiration for their artworks, how they made them, and the thinking behind the curation of each show.

This is a great opportunity for Friends to meet several active RBSA Members and Associates, and to network.

£5 per person / FREE for Friends of the RBSA

William Gear, Caged Yellow, 1996, Acrylic and Ink

William Gear Symposium, 8 November: 10am – 1pm

William Gear (1915-1997) was a member of the RBSA and taught at the Margaret Street School of Art. He was one of the leading abstract painters of his generation and promoted abstraction within Birmingham and the UK.

Don’t forget to book your discounted ticket for our William Gear (1915-1997) symposium! We are delighted that this event has been funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and includes Dr Jennifer Powell, Senior Curator at Kettle’s Yard, as one of the speakers.

£10 per person / £6 for Friends of the RBSA

To book please contact the gallery on 0121 236 4353 for card payment or send us a cheque made payable to ‘RBSA’. Drinks and a light buffet included.

Guided Tour and Talk, William Gear exhibition, 18 November, 11am – 12.30pm: Event led by Clive Beardsmore

Clive Beardsmore is a collector of original artwork – including many RBSA Members and Associates – and recently donated some examples of William Gear’s work to the New Art Gallery Walsall. His talk will offer personal insights into Gear’s work and the mind of a collector.

£5 per person / FREE for Friends of the RBSA

To book please contact the gallery on 0121 236 4353 for card payment or send us a cheque made payable to ‘RBSA’. 

Delivery day at a recent exhibition

Appraisal with Alex Callaway RBSA, January 

Kickstart 2018 and take advantage of one of the key bonuses of Friends membership… enter your artwork for our Open, Prize, and Friends exhibitions!

Appraisals provide friendly and constructive feedback to help you develop your work. Alex is a successful professional artist, an award-winning still-life painter, and was recently elected to full Member.

He is also an experienced tutor and well-versed in a variety of two-dimensional media, genres, and styles. You can bring up to two artworks and will receive feedback on at least one.

£5 / FREE for Friends


John Shakespeare, ‘Square Brush Technique’

February workshops

Don’t forget to use your Friends discount for our Winter Workshops! Our programme of art workshops for adults include courses focused on a range of techniques, styles, and materials.

They are devised in response to feedback and include some of your fellow Friends as workshop tutors. Workshops are also a great way to get inspired in time to make new work to enter exhibitions, such as the forthcoming Prize and Friends shows.

Full details of workshops will be available at the RBSA website in the New Year.

Appraisal with Brian Fletcher RBSA, 7 March, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Don’t miss this great opportunity to receive friendly advice on your artwork in plenty of time to enter the Friends exhibition! Appraisals provide supportive and constructive feedback to help you develop your work.

Brian is a long-standing Member of the Society and a professional artist. He is experienced in a range of media and his colourful and expressive paintings, drawings, and calligraphy are well-known across the West Midlands. You can bring up to two artworks and will receive feedback on at least one.

£5 / FREE for Friends

Shakespeare-John-Lynda Kettle, Pastel Artist-Oil-610X710mm

John Shakespeare, ‘Lynda Kettle’

Friends exhibition entry form deadline – 4pm, Wednesday 20 June

Make the most of your subscription and exclusive exhibition opportunity by entering your artwork!

Friends don’t pay entry fees for their own exhibition, and only pay display fees if their work is selected.

You can download the application pack from the RBSA website, or request a pack to be e-mailed or posted to you by contacting the Gallery on 0121 236 4353 or emailing rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk.

Friends Art Fair, June 

Are you looking to develop your artwork and professionalise your arts practice?

Come to our Friends Arts Fair to learn about many of the basic skills involved in being a successful artist! This event is designed to introduce you to areas we frequently receive enquiries about, including how to:

  1. frame your work

  2. enter exhibitions using online applications

  3. be nominated for progression to Associate

Members, Associates, and Friends Committee representatives will all be on hand to provide information and answer questions. The evening will also present a great opportunity to network with your fellow artists.

£5 / FREE for Friends

Do you want to develop as an artist? Are you an art lover seeking to get more involved in the artistic life of the city? Then why not join our Friends scheme? Join today and receive great benefits!

Image credit: with thanks to John Shakespeare, who has recorded the life of the RBSA in many of his paintings.

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