A sculpture trail has been launched to celebrate the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists’ 200 years in Birmingham.

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.

Followers of the trail can explore the diversity of some of the RBSA’s leading artists and buy their artworks.

Starting at Birmingham Cathedral, 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 is 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 RBSA is one of the oldest Art Societies in the UK and played an important part in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Sir John Everett Millais and Sir Edward Burne-Jones both served as presidents.

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 Sculpture Trail will be on show until August 23. A series of guided walks and demonstrations, at Church Street Square and the Cathedral courtyard, will also take place. For more information visit www.rbsa.org.uk