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Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) was opened in 1807 by Samuel Lines, and is located on Newhall Street.

It opened as an Academy that offered tuition to local artisans and aspiring artists. Samuel wanted to focus on teaching basic design skills and helping his students master the art of drawing figures, landscapes and still life.

Now, it is an artist-led charity with the aim of nurturing the engagement with visual arts, encourage participation in visual arts and support artist with the development of their practice.

To meet and deliver the RBSA’s charitable goals, the Society offers a comprehensive artistic programme per year, ensuring all admission to the exhibitions are free. The connections with the gallery, the exhibitions, events and education are all predetermined to support artists and promote engagement with the arts as a whole.

RBSA promote engagement with the arts through activities such as exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. The venue the exhibitions are held in is run and owned by the Society, the RBSA Gallery, and can be found just outside of St Paul’s Square near the historic Quarter.