Putting On A Show: RBSA Curators from 1900-2018 Free Gallery BSL (British Sign Language) Tour With Olivier Jamin and Brendan Flynn on Wednesday 26th September 2-3pm at the RBSA Gallery

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On Wednesday 26th September at 2pm, the RBSA Gallery are inviting the public to a ‘RBSA Gallery BSL (British Sign Language) Tour’. The tour will be free to attend, led by artist Olivier Jamin and Brendan Flynn, RBSA Professor of Art History. They will provide information about the artworks on display in the RBSA’s current exhibition Putting on a Show: RBSA Curators from 1900-2018.


Free RBSA Gallery BSL Tour, Wednesday 26th September 2018, 2-3 pm.
Free RBSA Gallery BSL Tour, Wednesday 26th September 2018, 2-3 pm.

Putting on a Show: RBSA Curators from 1900-2018

For the RBSA’s annual display of artworks from the RBSA Collection and Archive, the gallery has decided for this year to focus on past Honorary Curators of the Society. The exhibition will coincide with ‘The City Beautiful’ – the official programme for Centenary Celebrations of Birmingham Civic Society. This exhibition will be on display until 6 October 2018.

Paul Hipkiss

Paul Hipkiss RBSA Tividale Aqueduct, Linoprint.
Paul Hipkiss RBSA Tividale Aqueduct, Linoprint.

One of the key artists on display at the exhibition is Paul Hipkiss. Hipkiss was the Honorary Curator of the RBSA, until he sadly passed away last year. An example of one his linoprints is shown above, titled Tividale Aqueduct. Hipkiss has used a bold block colour for the surrounding houses of the aqueduct, contrasted against the intricate detailing of the bridge and water’s reflection. His family are kindly loaning a collection of the artist’s work to be put on display at the exhibition and some of his prints are available to purchase. In addition, one of Hipkiss’ close friends, Lynn Jeffrey RBSA, is holding a free, informal drop-in talk on the artist’s works on 6th October 2018 at 2-4 pm.

A Comment From Natalie Osborne: Learning and Engagement Manager RBSA

The RBSA is one of the oldest art societies in the UK and is a key part of Birmingham’s art heritage. Exhibitions like this one help the Society share its collection and history with visitors. The activities we are delivering during the exhibition are also intended to help a wider range of art-lovers access information about the artworks and the RBSA, for example through the BSL tour and other free guided tours. All of these activities have been made possible due to funding from the West Midlands Museum Development Fund.

Credits: RBSA, West Midlands Museum Development Fund.

RBSA Events:

RBSA Gallery BSL (British Sign Language) Tour’ – Wednesday 26th September 2-3pm – free event.


Birmingham Artists in the 20th Century: Brendan Flynn – 27 September 2018 6pm – £7 (drinks included, booking required).


Paul Hipkiss’ Life and Work – 6 October 2018 2-4 pm- free event.


Putting on a Show: RBSA Curators from 1900-2018 is on display until 6 October 2018.

Author: April-Lina Waine

I am an undergraduate student at University of Birmingham, studying History of Art. I am working with Midlands Art Papers as part of the UGRS scheme.

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