August at the RBSA: visit the Jewellery Quarter’s art gallery this summer

If you’re looking for a day out in August, why not head over to the RBSA? Our exhibitions are free, and there’s a host of workshops and events to choose from…

Exhibitions

This August we have two unmissable exhibitions in Galleries 1 and 2:

 

 

Portrait Prize, 27 Jul – 19 Aug, Gallery 2: our biennial showcase of contemporary portraits. Selected by established portrait artists, there is a top prize of £1,000 to be won. There’s also an accompanying programme of summer art workshops for adults.


Metropolis, 24 Aug – 30 Sept, Galleries 1 and 2: this celebration of city life is seen through a varied range of artworks. You’ll recognise many Birmingham scenes, and can also view cities from around the world.

 

Solo shows

Running alongside our exhibitions we have five solo shows this August at our art gallery in Birmingham.

 

 

Francesca Currie ARBSA: A Study Into True Representation, until 26 Aug: A collection of oil paintings that combine traditional techniques with contemporary viewpoints.

Nigel Priddey RBSA:  28 Aug – 7 Oct: Striking watercolour landscapes in Nigel’s bold and distinctive style.

Rob Hamp, Furthermore, until 12 Aug: Intriguing custom-built installation by one of our new Next Wave associates.

Andrew Matheson RBSA, Time for Tea, 14 Aug – 30 Sept: A selection of handmade teapots in stoneware and porcelain.

Paul Ki-Kydd RBSA, until 9 Sept: Coloured landscape drawings in mixed-media.

 

Craft shows

 

Brilliance in Birmingham, 22 May – 23 Sept: Celebrating the rich tradition of two centuries of designer-maker craft production in Birmingham, this is a showcase of the craftsmanship that continues to be practised to the highest standard by today’s local makers.

 

Workshops

This month at the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham there’s a whole host of workshops, including specific portrait-themed workshops linked to our Portrait Prize exhibition!

For those exploring a new passion, or wanting to develop their artistic creativity, there are classes for all abilities at the RBSA this August, so visit us for a day out this summer!

 

 

 

To book:

  • Call 0121 236 4353 to pay by card over the phone, or visit the gallery to pay in person. Send a cheque made out to the RBSA.
  • There are discounts for Members, Associates, Friends and students in full-time education.
  • Visit the RBSA website for full details.

 

Open events

Free, no need to book and suitable for everyone, we have two exciting demonstrations for you to enjoy this month:

 

 

Francesca Currie ARBSA, 5 Aug 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm: Linking to her solo show, Francesca will demonstrate how she sets up her still life subjects and paints them in oil, while using a contemporary take on the style of the Old Masters.

Gabrielle Roberts-Dalton RBSA, 19 August, 11am – 1pm: Watch Gabrielle turn self-portraits into detailed and symbolic creations inspired by stories.

 

With all this on offer, how can you not visit the RBSA art gallery in Birmingham this summer! Make a trip to see us one of your things to do in the Jewellery Quarter.

By Lauren Godwin, BA Fine Art, Birmingham City University.

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