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

Exhibition at the RBSA: A Place for Art: The Story of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

8 October — 15 November 2014

This landmark exhibition will explore the history and development of the RBSA from the exhibition staged by the Academy of Arts in 1814. Rarely-seen works from the RBSA Archive will be displayed alongside loans from private and public collections by artists such as David Cox, Joseph Southall, Walter Langley, Mary Gibson, Kate Eadie and Teresa Clarke, the Society’s first female Member.

The exhibition is on now until 15 November. A compact section considers Pre-Raphaelitism & the RBSA with a photogravure of a  Burne-Jones and paintings by Southall, Gaskin, Kate Bunce, Kate Eadie and Maxwell Armfield. There is also Pre-Raphaelite influence in a sword hilt by Robert Emerson and painting of an angel by Mary Gibson – both on display. Exhibits are from the RBSA’s Collection together with loans from Birmingham Museums Trust & the Assay Office, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Leamington and private lenders. There are many other stunning works of art on display. The exhibition is accompanied by an informative beautifully-illustrated catalogue.

It will take place at the RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, Near St Paul’s Square, Birmingham. The exhibition is curated by Brendan Flynn and has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. For more information please visit the ‘What’s on’ section of the RBSA website: www.rbsa.org.uk.


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