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Art Societies and Groups in the West Midlands

Update January 2013. Please note these lists are no longer updated and we can not guarantee that all of the information is correct and up to date. Please contact the organisation/group directly if you require further information.

Contact: Nell Taylor
32 St Paul's Crescent, Coleshill, B46 1BB
Tel: 01675 465589
Meet: Coleshill
Tuesday 7 - 9 pm plus weekend workshops
Age: Adult
Small, friendly group who paint for pleasure

Birmingham Art Circle

Contact: Rachel David
Meet: RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook St, St Paul's, Birmingham, B3 1SA.
Last Friday of the month 7pm
The Birmingham Art Circle, founded in 1879, is one of the UK's oldest art societies. Artists interested in applying for membership should contact Rachel David.

Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists
Contact: Jeni Neale on
Tel: 01926 815 062
Or Jenny Mayor
Tel: 01788 813905

Birmingham Watercolour Society
Membership by election

Celtic Art Group
Richard Flatley
Tel: 07754 405196
Meet: Sandwell Irish Community Association
19a Langley High Street, Oldbury, B69 4SN
We work with oil on canvas and concentrate on ancient Celtic Images and Symbols.

Dudley Society of Artists
Sue Griffiths (Secretary)
Tel: 01902 343420
Meet: Castle High School, St James Road, Dudley
Wednesday 7.00pm
New members welcome, come along and have a chat and see what we do!

Midland Painting Group
Contact: Joyce Darby
Tel: 0121 427 1916
Meet: Birmingham Midland Institute (BMI), Margaret St, B3 3BS
2nd Friday March – November, 19.00 – 21.00
All abilities welcome, 3-4 exhibitions per year

Mill Pool Art Club
Contact: Mrs. Pat Coward
Tel: 0121 705 4379
Drama Section:
Contact: Mr. Steve Carey
Tel: 0121 243 3885
Meet: Alderbrook School, Blossomfield Road, Solihull
Alternate Mondays, 7.30pm, Sep - May
Age: 18+
We hold demonstrations and appraisals of members' work by invited artists. There are regular workshops and 2 exhibitions a year.

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
4 Brook Street, St. Paul's, Birmingham, B3 1SA
Tel: 0121 236 4353
Email: secretary@rbsa.org.uk
Membership by election

Solihull Decorative and Fine Arts Society
Contact: Lynda Mackay
7 Wychwood Avenue,
B93 9DB

Streetley Art Society
Contact: Mr Gilbert Jones, Chairman
35 Westwood Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6UP
Tel: 0121 605 8766
Meet: every Tuesday 1.00pm - 4.00pm at the
Methodist Church Hall, Blackwood Road, Streetley, Sutton Coldfield.
The Group consists of 15 members who meet to exchange tips and techniques on their work . The standard of work is mixed in ability and all are welcome.

Sutton Coldfield Society of Artists
Sutton Coldfield,
West Midlands
Contact: B.M.Sutton (Membership Secretary)
50 Darnick Road, Sutton Coldfield,
B73 6PF
Tel: 0121 354 1214
Demonstrations: at Mere Green Community Centre, Mere Green Road, Mere Green
Painting days: Fellowship Hall, South Parade, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
Artists of all abilities welcome.

Wolverhampton Society of Artists
Contact: Glynn Bonnington
29 Woodhall Road, Penn, Wolverhampton
Tel: 01902 335706
Meet: Bantock House, Bantock Park, Wolverhampton,
Wednesdays - Twice a Month
Over 200 members.

Magazines and other Resources

Magazines and other resources held in Arts, Languages and Literature for reference.

The Artist the original practical magazine for artists since 1931 is held in Arts, Languages and Literature for reference.

There is a range of material covering all aspects of art and painting for reference and for lending including books, videos and DVDs.


The SAA (Society for all Artists) : www.saa.co.uk/
The SAA exists 'to inform, encourage and inspire all who want to paint...' whatever their ability, from complete beginners to professional artists.

Creative Co-operatives UK:www.creatives.uk.coop/

Most people have talents that give them pleasure, they long to exit the rat race for a more productive career but don't have the right qualifications or live in the right area or are just plain scared! This is a network for creative people to help one another and exchange ideas. A helping hand to those who want use their talent and a ready made pool of support.

Painters Online:www.painters-online.co.uk/
The website for Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines.

You can access a wide range of arts, crafts and digital media courses for all levels at your local Adult Education Centre. Check out the Birmingham Adult Education Services website.

Compiled by Arts, Languages & Literature Service,
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Telephone: 0121 303 4227

You can use the online Library Catalogue to help you locate material. Some items published before 1973 or that are in the Collections may not be listed in the online catalogue.

Most of the current material is available for browsing on the shelves in the Information Services (Arts, Languages and Literature) section on Floor 3 of Birmingham Central Library. Older or valuable items are held in a closed access store and can be made available on request.

As some items held in the store are valuable you will be asked to provide proof of your name and address. To consult certain particularly rare and valuable items you will need to book an appointment.

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