Crossing the Bridge as RBSA Sculpture Trail launches in city centre

As the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) celebrates 200 years of art, artists and audiences in Birmingham, a new sculpture trail has been launched to commemorate the bicentenary and encourage people to explore sculpture as an art form.

The RBSA Crossing the Bridge Sculpture Trail will see over 50 sculptures, constructed in a variety of materials including stone and bronze, take up home in 17 venues across Colmore Business District and the Jewellery Quarter. Members of the public are invited to follow the Trail and explore the diversity of some of the RBSA’s leading artists and perhaps be tempted to make a purchase as most works are for sale.

Starting at Birmingham Cathedral (St Philip’s), venues along the Trail include Hotel du Vin, Utopia, Clements and Church, Urban Coffee Company, Saint Kitchen, St Paul’s Church and St Paul’s Place, ending at the RBSA Gallery on Brook Street which will be exhibiting a group show on the ground floor.

Robert Neil, president of the RBSA, said:

The Trail is part of the RBSA’s drive to engage with its local business community as well as highlight the skills of its sculptor Members.
Over its 200 year history, the RBSA has featured exhibitions and work from a breadth of artists and mediums. This year we have a number of exhibitions and special projects planned to celebrate the rich heritage of the organisation and past and present Members. Not only that, but we will also look forward, planning for the future and another 200 years of art.

The Sculpture Trail will be on show from 23rd June to 23rd August 2014. A series of guided walks and demonstrations, at Church Street Square and the Cathedral courtyard, will also take place during the Trail. For more information please visit www.rbsa.org.uk
The RBSA Sculpture Trail is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by the Art Fund, the Oakley Charitable Trust, the Dickens Charitable Trust, the Colmore Business District and the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District. The RBSA also acknowledges the co-operation received from the participating venues, without which the Trail would not be possible. We would also like to thank AE Harris for their generous provision of storage facilities and David Barnes for his line drawings as well as the University of Birmingham and the Birmingham Electro-Acoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST) for technical support.

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