August at the RBSA: Print Prize Exhibition and summer art classes!

Summer days out have never looked so fun… at the RBSA you’ll find a wide range of free demonstrations, affordable art workshops, craft and jewellery for sale, and exhibitions.

Make sure you catch our major Biennial Print Prize Exhibition and take a look at our craft gallery show Shape Up… ideal for gifts for friends and family.

Take a wander around our solo shows, and drop by on Saturdays for our artist demonstrations.

Print Prize Exhibition
until 1 September

Hazel 3
Hazel Bryer, ‘Brockwell Park Lido’

Our biennial Print Prize Exhibition reflects the exciting range of contemporary printmakers in the UK working across screen-print, monotype, lino-cut, wood engraving, collograph, mezzotint… and more.

We are excited by the breadth of talent on show this summer. World-renowned artists are alongside emerging talent.

Visit soon to pick up a bargain  – in addition to framed prints, you will be able to leaf through unframed works in our browse boxes.

Saturday Demos


Our drop-in artist demonstrations are absolutely FREE and offer a great opportunity to see firsthand how our experienced professional artists work…

Prints Explained
With Lynn Jeffery RBSA
Sat 11 Aug
11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Learn about different printmaking techniques and how they work in this informal talk with professional printmaker, Lynn Jeffery.

Print Demonstration
With Eric Gaskell ARBSA
Sat 18 Aug
11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Meet Eric Gaskell and watch him demonstrate the process of creating his lino prints during the Print Prize Exhibition.



Our Summer School continues through August… we have a wide range of classes to suit all abilities, working in a range of media. Check out posts on our digital skills workshops and our print workshops… and carry on reading for some August highlights:

Foundations of Portraiture
John Davenport
18 August

Learn how to capture a good likeness by building your portrait on sound foundations. This workshop will focus on the important early stages in the creation of a portrait before developing it into a successful monochrome portrait of a live model.

Cloth of Gold
Judith Rowley
28 August

Discover the artistic potential of fabrics and fibres by using a variety of techniques to make beautiful surfaces for two or three-dimensional textile artworks.

Design From Nature
Stephanie Redfern
30 August

Using personal image choices, develop a piece based upon the natural world. The work can be pattern or image based, and no amazing drawing skills are required. The textile techniques will include applique, hand stitching, use of fabrics, paper, embellishment and mixed media.

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.

For more information about the workshops we have available across the summer please visit our workshops page.

Shape Up
Until 29 September

Shape Up offers a range of exciting geometric designs in jewellery, ceramics, and textiles by our own selected designer-makers.

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

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.

Portraits of Flowers
Ann Hackett
until 1 September

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Ann’s representation of flowers have a sense of emotional depth, which she considers to be representational of each flower. She considers her works to be like portraits, because of their individualism.
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.


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: Myfanwy Williams ‘Elemental’

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