Are you an emerging artist? Enter our Next Wave exhibition!

The RBSA has always been committed to supporting artists at all stages of their careers, and our 200-year history shows just how much artists have gained from our help.

We have fantastic Gallery spaces at our Jewellery Quarter base, and a network of experienced artists just waiting to support you as you build your portfolio.

The Next Wave project began in 2014 as an exciting new venture which sees us regularly exhibiting the work of emerging and early-career artists.

We have a current call for entries at the RBSA website for our Next Wave Exhibition 2018, which takes place in September. The deadline is July 4.

It’s a great chance for collectors to become acquainted with the most prominent new talent coming out of the region. And of course, it’s great for the artists too, as they can see their work exhibited at one of the most prestigious galleries in Birmingham.

Natalie Seymour, ‘Cloak’
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Rob Hamp NWA


‘It is hoped that Next Wave will foster critical engagement, lively debate and networking opportunities for the art community and public alike, and at the same time strive to extend and diversify the audience for art in the region.’

– Next Wave Curators, 2016


Check out the current call at the RBSA website where you’ll find a downloadable application pack and full details. Open to all early-career artists working in all media up to ten years post-qualification. Artists aged 35 and under receive a 50% discount on entry fees.

Next Wave Exhibition 2018: deadline 4 July

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Banner image: Natalie Seymour NWA

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