New RBSA intake: Candidates exhibition showcases hopefuls

The Candidates Exhibition is our opportunity to introduce you to artists applying to become Associates or Members of the Society.

The show is also an opportunity for art lovers to seek out exciting artworks by rising names on the art scene.

Open from today, why not visit the exhibition to see who’s who?


Francesca Currie, ‘Hannah’ – one of last year’s selected artists



Joanna Ashby

Joan Sharma

Robert Sparham

Chris Tkacz



Gareth Austin

Anthea Bond

Mary Flitcroft

Frederick Jones

Andrew Tromans

Alan Yates


All candidates are required to submit six works of art. Current RBSA Members and Associates visit the show and vote for the artists whose works they like. Artists who receive more than 50% ‘yes’ votes are successfully elected.

The election process for artists interested in joining the Society or being considered for Associate or Member nominations next year is explained in further detail on our website

The results of successfully selected artists will be available after the RBSA AGM at the end of April.


Isaacs.Ed.Beneath Junction 6
Ed Isaacs, ‘Beneath Junction 6’ – selected as RBSA Member in 2018


Prominent artists

Established in 1821 as the Birmingham Society of Arts, the early stages of the Society saw a blossoming of interest from contemporary artists.

During the late nineteenth century the RBSA had a significant role in the Pre-Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts movements. Notable Past Presidents include Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, and John Everett Millais.

The standing of past and current Associates and Members reflects not only the prestigious status of the RBSA, but also the buoyant contemporary art scene in Birmingham.

The Society seeks to elect members and support artists from diverse backgrounds in a range of artistic mediums.

Banner image: Christopher Baker, ‘A Pause for Thought’ – one of last year’s selected artists.

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