A Place for Art: The Story of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists exhibition

08 October — 15 November 2014

This landmark exhibition will explore the history and development of the RBSA from the foundation of the Birmingham Academy of Arts in 1814. It will highlight the achievement of eight generations of artists in the city with major works by Members and Associates including David Cox, Joseph Southall, Walter Langley and Arthur Gaskin. It will also explore the contribution made by women artists in exquisite works by Mary Gibson, Kate Eadie, the Society’s first female Member, Teresa Clarke, and many others. Through some of the finest examples of painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking from public and private collections the show will trace the changing and often conflicting ideals that united and divided the artists of Birmingham.

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Exhibition catalogue

Why not purchase a copy at a special discounted price of only £12.99* now and during the exhibition!  

To purchase your copy now visit the Gallery to pay by card or cash or call us on 0121 236 4353 and pay by card over the phone. (to receive copies by post please note that an additional fee of £8.55 per copy will apply).


*   Students pay £9.99 only! Please bring your student ID and pay at the Gallery to receive your discount. £14.99 from 16 November 2014 onward (except students).

Watch a film about the exhibition now!

Film by James White.

Art historian Dr Sally Hoban and Research Curator, Brendan Flynn.
Film by History West Midlands.

Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The exhibition is part of our year-long bicentenary project, Celebrating 200 years of Art, Artists and Audiences in Birmingham, and will be accompanied by a range of activities, lectures, guided tours and workshops. 






Key Dates

  • Galleries 1 & 2
    08 October — 15 November 2014

    This landmark exhibition will explore the history of the RBSA.