Disabled Access Guide

Access Statement

The RBSA Gallery in Birmingham aims to provide the best possible access for everyone to enjoy our Gallery. Please find below a range of details about our facilities.

Find out about us through our films!

We have a film version of the access information below, which includes audio and BSL. View the RBSA Gallery Access Film here. We also have a film about our outreach activities, which can be viewed here.

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What is the RBSA?

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) is an artist-led charity which supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts through a range of exhibitions, events and workshops.

Find more about us here.

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 5pm
Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Closed on Bank Holidays. See website news, Facebook, and Twitter updates for any additional closures.

Car Parking

Car Parks near RBSA Birmingham

Public Car Parks
+ There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx) from the RBSA Gallery.
+ The name of the car park is Newhall Street NCP Car Park.
+ The car park is located on Newhall Street.
+ Online parking information

On Street Parking
+ Meter parking is available in the St. Paul’s Square area and is free on Sundays.
+ Blue-badge-holders can park directly outside the Gallery entrance, provided they show their badge clearly in the windscreen.

Getting to the RBSA Gallery

The Gallery address is 4 Brook Street – postcode B3 1SA – and is easy to travel to by train, tram, bus, car, or on foot.

Google Map for the Gallery

For more details about how to find the RBSA Gallery, please see our How to Find Us page

Entering the RBSA Gallery

RBSA Disabled Access Guide

The pavement outside the Gallery is made using Victorian blue-brick pavers, which are in keeping with the heritage conservation standards of the area. The pavement is level with the double doors of the Gallery entrance, providing level-entry access for easy wheelchair access. The floors are level throughout the Gallery and are made of tiles or laminate. Each space is also well lit with a range of lights and spot-lights. The width of the door opening is 180cm (5ft 11in)

Frontdoor Access at RBSA Gallery

Ground Floor Gallery Facilities

The ground floor exhibition spaces include craft gallery cases, which display contemporary hand-made ceramics, textiles, and jewellery. There are also three display areas for solo shows of 2D and 3D work by RBSA artists. All craft and artworks on the ground floor are for sale and can be taken on the day of purchase.

The ground floor has a self-service café area, which provides hot and cold drinks alongside a small selection of sweet and savoury snacks. For something more substantial, there are several pubs and eateries around St. Paul’s Square. Visitors are welcome to eat food purchased from other venues within the RBSA Gallery café area.

Visitors can ask for information or assistance at the reception desk, which is designed to accommodate a wheelchair or chair, if needed. Staff members are also happy to bring items from higher shelves or plinths to the desk or café area for visitors to view more clearly at a lower level.

Just around the corner from the reception desk is a fully-accessible toilet. This includes grab rails, coloured walls to help improve the visibility of the fittings, and basic baby-changing facilities.

Lift

There is a lift located next to the reception desk. which is available for public use. The lift is a standard lift and not a disabled lift specific. The staff do not need to be noticed about using the lift. The lift door width is 80cm and the dimensions of the lift are 108cm x 140cm. (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in)

Lift at RBSA Birmingham

Fully Accessible / Disabled Toilet

There are accessible toilet facilities within the RBSA Gallery. The toilet is not for sole use of disabled people and is unisex. The toilet can used without a key. The width of the accessible toilet door is 94cm (3ft 1in) and the inside dimensions of the accessible toilet are 140cm x 247cm (4ft 7in x 8ft 1in). Wall-mounted grab rails are available and there is an emergency alarm.

Access Toilet at RBSA Birmingham

Upper Floor Galleries 1 and 2

There are two upper floor galleries. Gallery 1 shows a range of exhibitions throughout the year - including the annual display of artworks and archive materials from the RBSA Collection. Gallery 1 also hosts workshops, demonstrations and talks.

The Gallery can also design and deliver specific activities to suit group bookings. For example, handling sessions for visually-impaired groups, signed workshops for Deaf artists, and free guided tours for schools and art groups.

Gallery 2 exhibits larger shows, such as the RBSA Open and Prize exhibitions, which are often displayed across both floors.

The majority of the Artworks displayed in galleries 1 and 2 are for sale and can be taken at the end of the exhibition. The Gallery spaces can also be hired and Gallery 1 is used regularly by local art societies for their group meetings.

Group visits

Download our group visit information by clicking the document in the upper-right of this webpage

Getting Involved

As a charitable organisation without core funding, the RBSA Gallery relies on its Members, Associates and Volunteers to help run. The running costs are paid for through a combination of membership fees, sales of artworks, gallery hire and fundraising activities. This means every contribution made is vital to help the gallery stay open. 

If you would like to enquire about booking a group visit or activity, please get in touch with us via 0121 236 4353 or rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk

Thank you for your support. We look forward to welcoming you to the Gallery.