Wednesday, 11 March 2009

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists - and coloured pencils

This year the UKCPS Open International Exhibition will be held in Gallery 2 of the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham which is the home of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA). This post tells you a little bit about the RBSA, its history and current activities - plus Rachel Stirling's latest success in promoting coloured pencil art.

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the oldest art societies in the UK.
In 1821, the Birmingham Society of Artists was formed, whose objective was to establish a museum for works of art, provide facilities for students, hold public exhibitions and extend art education in the city of Birmingham.
RBSA - About the RBSA
The RBSA played an important part in the Pre-Raphaelite movement and Sir John Everett Millais and Sir Edward Burne-Jones both served as presidents of the RBSA. Other well known presidents were Lord Leighton and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Today there are nearly 200 Members and Associates, elected in categories of painter, sculptor, potter, printmaker, textiles, and jewellery. Members and Associates are elected once a year.

The Society also has a Gallery near the Jewellery Quarter area of Birmingham which is around 15 minutes walking distance of the main stations.

The RBSA invites non-members to enter the three Open and one Prize exhibitions which are held each year in the Gallery. The RBSA also contributes to continuing education and community art through its Friends organisation - Friends of the RBSA - which also has twice-yearly RBSA Friends exhibitions.

Promoting coloured pencil artwork at RBSA

One of the main aims of the UKCPS is to promote coloured pencils as an art medium.

Floral Design
by Rachel Stirling

One of the main ways in which members can help with promoting coloured pencils is by entering their artwork in the juried exhibitions of other art societies. The more other artists see and appreciate how coloured pencil can be used as a medium for fine art, the more likely it is that they will give coloured pencils a try!

Rachel Stirling who helped to organise and run the Art Materials Live event last November, had two coloured pencil drawings juried into the RBSA Friends Spring Exhibition which ran 18 - 28 February 2009.

Upcoming RBSA art competitions include the two shows below.
  • RBSA Open all media exhibition : 1 - 18 April 2009
  • RBSA Prize exhibition : 28 May - 27 June 2009 (this has a grand prize of £1000)
Submission forms and further details are available from the website
Please click on the following THREE links to download the required forms: Schedule, Terms and Conditions, Labels. Alternatively, send in an SAE to request a schedule and we will return one in the post to you. The forms will need to be returned to the gallery by Wednesday 25 March.
RBSA - Home Page
Here's wishing the best of luck to any members who consider entering.


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