How we are funded

The importance of funding...

The RBSA is a registered charity (number 528894, registered on 2 June 1969), and is dedicated to supporting art practitioners and fostering engagement with the visual arts. We do not receive any regular government funding, either from local or national sources, to help us carry out our charitable work. The continuing success of the RBSA is therefore entirely dependent on the money we can raise from a variety of sources.

As an artist-led charity the contribution made by our Members and Associates is essential; their annual membership subscriptions cover approximately 16% of our running costs each year. They also volunteer their time to support the charity. Our Friends provide unfailing and generous support through their subscriptions, which contribute approximately 6% of the total funds we need to raise each year. In addition we estimate that the value of volunteer time provided by our Members, Associates and Friends is worth over £100,000.

Income from sales is highly prized although exhibits are not selected simply because of their sales potential or the established sales history of the artist or of the maker, but because of the contribution they make towards our artistic vision. In a typical year our income from sales of work through the gallery provides almost 12% of our costs.  This is enhanced by the fees we charge for participation in our activities, such as exhibition fees, workshops, talks and tours – although these are very competitively priced and often free of charge, to enable as many people as possible to participate in the arts.

The continuing delivery of our work depends therefore on a range of ongoing fundraising campaigns and we are truly grateful for the support of grant giving bodies, trusts, foundations, companies and individuals.

Our supporters

The RBSA gratefully acknowledges the support of the following grant giving bodies, trusts and foundations, sponsors, corporate members, and individual donors.

Grant giving bodies, trusts and foundations:

Arts Council England
The Behrens Foundation
The Bernard Piggott Charitable Trust
The Bryant Trust
The GMC Trust
The Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Charitable Trust
The Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust
The George Cadbury Trust
The William A Cadbury Charitable Trust
The Colmore Business District
Didymus CIO
The Dumbreck Charity
The Eridge Trust
The John Feeney Charitable Trust
The Grimmitt Trust
The Heritage Lottery Fund
The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District
The Lillie C Johnson Charitable Trust
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
The Alec Morison Charitable Trust
The Loppylugs & Barbara Morrison Charitable Trust
The Oakley Charitable Trust
The Roughley Charitable Trust
CB and HH Taylor Trust
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
The Douglas Turner Trust
The G J W Turner Trust


Fresh: Art Fair

Galliard Homes & Apsley house Capital

Maguire Jackson

Corporate Members:

Paul McKeown
Birmingham Assay Office
MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Bonhams Auctioneers
Coley & Tilley
Doorfit Products Ltd
Harris Moore Canvases Ltd
J Hudson & Co (Whistles)
Judd Medical Ltd
Lion PFS
WB The Creative Jewellery Group Limited

Individual donors:

Hazel and Viv Astling
Silvia Bowman
Jill Hailes
Celia Nancarrow
David and Carol White
Graham Winteringham

We are also very grateful to all our anonymous donors.

How you can help...

Join the 100 Club

If you would like to show your support to the RBSA, whilst also being in with the chance to win £1000, please join The 100 Club.

Gifts in Memory - Remembering a Life

Many people celebrate the life of a loved one by making a donation in their memory at the funeral instead of giving flowers. Donating to a cause supported by a loved one is a meaningful way to remember loved ones and help ensure the cause they loved remains special.  If it is your wish to ask your family and friends to make a donation instead of buying flowers, or to organise a collection at the funeral or memorial service, just tell the funeral director, who will collect, record and distribute gifts on your behalf

One inspiring story all will be pleased to hear about is the enduring impact of our former Member and Hon Curator, Paul Hipkiss. The family requested that donations be made to the RBSA in lieu of flowers and these donations have now totalled an extraordinary £1,749. This outstanding total includes £699 collected at the funeral, as well as very many donations received through the Gallery. This really is a wonderful tribute to Paul and will go a long way to helping the RBSA, which clearly meant so much to him and where he played such an important part over many years. 

Generous donors include Hazel and Viv Astling, Paul Bartlett, Graham Blaine, Hannah Carroll, Andrew Coates, Elizabeth Forrest, Elaine Hind, Andrew Matheson, Robert Page, Cynthia Pearson, June Ridgway, Judith Rowley, Claire Spencer, David Spurrier, Jaque Wakely, Carol and David White, Tim Wood, the Midland Centre of the MG Car Club and very many anonymous donors

Thank you so much to Paul’s family for taking this thoughtful initiative and to all who have remembered him in this way. This will help to keep the RBSA Gallery open every day with free admission, and run the range of printmaking workshops and demonstrations he supported so ardently. Thank you.

Paul-Hipkiss-and-Father's-work-OSImage: The late Paul Hipkiss RBSA with a landscape by his father, Percy Hipkiss RBSA, which was included in an RBSA exhibition in 2014.

Please donate

Every year we aim to:

  • Welcome visitors to our Gallery 7 days a week with free admission.
  • Support artists from our region by displaying up to 1,000 artworks in 3 open submission exhibitions.
  • Showcase the work of RBSA Members and Associates in 23 solo shows.
  • Share our skills through over 40 days of adult workshops.
  • Inspire the artists of the future with a Family Friendly workshops.
  • Champion local, regional and national designer-makers in 3 themed craft exhibitions.

If you would like to support us by making a donation, click the 'Make a donation' button below.

If you feel as strongly about safeguarding the Society’s future as we do, then please consider making a bequest in our favour in your will – for further information, download our legacy leaflet.

You can also support us by becoming a corporate member or sponsoring a specific aspect of our work – please contact us on for further information.

Please give whatever you can – your help makes all the difference.
Thank you for your generosity and support.