RBSA Outreach

26 January 2018

Working towards making the visual arts more accessible to all...

The RBSA is an artist-led society that supports artists, art buyers, and arts enthusiasts. One way in which the Society does this is through its RBSA Gallery, which displays art, sells art, and provides free access and events to help people learn about and enjoy art.

At present, we are working on two exciting projects with Focus Birmingham and Sense.

Our project with Focus Birmingham has been funded by the West Midlands Museum Development Fund and aims to promote the outreach activities we can provide to different audiences. Working with Focus, we have delivered an art activity and handling session based on RBSA artists and artworks from the RBSA Collection. The activities have been filmed and we are now busy editing the footage and interviews to create a short film that can be shared online to help make other groups like Focus aware of how they can access RBSA outreach activities. The project has been very enjoyable so far. and you can find out more on our Art Blog

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Our project with Sense is the first of its kind for us. Building on a pilot completed in 2017, Annette Pugh ARBSA, Rob Hamp NWA, and Karoline Rerrie Friend of RBSA are currently delivering art workshops and activities with Sense participants to create work for exhibition in February. The workshops are helping us to learn more about how we can best work collaboratively and in a multi-sensory way with people who have complex communication needs to provide high-quality visual art activities.As part of the project, we will also be holding a free research sharing event at the new Sense Touchbase Pears venue on 8 March. See here for full details. We are very grateful to the following organisations for funding this project: The George Fentham Birmingham Charity, The Roughley Trust, The Heart of England Community Foundation, The Harry Payne Fund, The Oakley Charitable Trust, The Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust, The Dumbreck Charity.

We believe making the RBSA and RBSA Gallery accessible to all is very important. We have a wealth of artistic talent, arts heritage, and art to share and, as a charity without core funding, we work hard to raise funds to keep the Gallery open and free to visit seven days a week. If you would like to help us continue this work, please consider making a donation today. Contributions of any amount, big or small, are greatly appreciated.