The RBSA curates an inclusive and comprehensive artistic programme each year.

Every form of connection with the Gallery – through exhibitions, events, research and education activities – is intended to promote engagement with the arts.




The RBSA showcases contemporary artists from the region and brings the work of nationally and internationally renowned artists to Birmingham by hosting solo shows.

Current and potential RBSA artists are promoted in the Members and Associates and Candidates exhibitions. In addition, six themed exhibitions of designer-maker craft are held each year in our critically acclaimed ground floor Craft Gallery.

The annual programme also includes exhibitions aimed specifically at new and emerging artists, with two open submission and two Friends exhibitions each year. The ‘Open’ enables all local artists, including those not associated with the RBSA, to submit their work.  The ‘Friends’ provides Friends of the RBSA with an exclusive exhibition opportunity.

Admission to all exhibitions is free.



Textile detail: Stephanie Redfern

The RBSA delivers  programmes of workshops each Spring and Summer, with classes ranging from one to four days. Each workshop is friendly, enjoyable and informative; they represent excellent value for money and help support the RBSA.



Friends Exhibition 2017

The Friends programme provides local art lovers with a host of benefits including talks, events, the chance to exhibit, and discounts on workshops. The RBSA is also actively involved in promoting local art history and providing access to our historic Permanent Collection and Archive, managed by a team of enthusiastic volunteers.

Why not join our growing community of artists across the Midlands and beyond?