Birmingham is home to a thriving multicultural community, and this diversity produces a vibrant art scene with a dynamic assortment of galleries throughout the city. From artist-led exhibitions to internationally acclaimed contemporary art venues, here are the best places to experience Birmingham’s wealth of artistic excellence.
The RBSA is a gallery with a programme of constantly changing exhibitions. It is operated by the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists; an artist-led charity, which gives support to artists and promotes engagement with visual arts through a range of inclusive activities. The gallery is made up of three floors, the ground floor exhibits jewellery, ceramics, glass, and textiles in its contemporary Craft Gallery, plus works from RBSA members and associates. Then, the second and third floors display a range of exhibitions, which can be from individual artists or groups, and may encompass a variety of subjects. The RBSA also runs a number of art competitions each year that attract remarkable talent from both the UK and elsewhere, the gallery then holds prize exhibitions to reward artists and give them a platform to showcase their work.
An unsuspecting street near Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter hides St. Pauls Gallery – an impressive commercial gallery and the world’s largest retailer of signed music related art. In addition to a gallery full to the brim with album artwork, photography, vinyl covers, and sculptures, St. Pauls also boasts a huge online collection available to buyers worldwide. Music enthusiasts and fans of greats such as David Bowie, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones will enjoy browsing this extensive display of works, the majority of which are hand signed by legendary musicians. Collectors will marvel at the fantastic investment opportunities to be found in this gallery, with rare limited edition print photographs, as well as a collection of limited edition fine art from the likes of David Hockney, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Art and music lovers alike will appreciate this hidden treasure of Birmingham.
With an exclusive range of galleries in locations throughout the UK, Whitewall offers art lovers a unique portfolio of high quality fine art. Birmingham’s Whitewall showcases the character and variety of the contemporary art scene within a shiny, chic, high-class gallery, all whilst maintaining a friendly atmosphere that welcomes buyers and viewers alike. Often, the gallery hosts ‘meet and greet’ events, which allow collectors a rare opportunity to meet artists and be introduced to their new collections, often including the chance for guests to view artwork that is created by the artists exclusively for these specific events.
Castle’s internationally renowned galleries are also spread across England, Scotland, and Wales, with their Birmingham outlet being located inside the International Convention Centre. Operating for over two decades, making it one of the longest-standing commercial art galleries in the city, it has displayed work from local, Midlands artists like Keith Maiden and Jon Jones, plus permanent exhibitions by those such as Bob Dylan and Salvador Dalí. Staff are friendly and enthusiastic here, and regardless of whether visitors want to purchase or simply just look around, guests in this gallery are welcomed to view a fantastic collection of fine art at their leisure.