RBSA Photographic Prize exhibition

15th February - 9th March 2019

Visit this showcase of contemporary photography, on display at RBSA Gallery and Argentea Gallery from 15 February until 9 March 2019.


The third RBSA Photographic Prize exhibition is in partnership with Argentea Gallery and will be displayed across both venues. Entries were welcomed from professional and emerging photographers from across the region and beyond. There are 4 prizes for this exhibition, including a £1,000 First Prize and a portfolio review by GRAIN, supported by GRAIN Projects.


First launched in 2015, this exhibition celebrates photographic artwork by emerging and established photographers. This year we are working with Argentea Gallery to host the show. Argentea Gallery is Birmingham’s only independent commercial gallery dedicated to contemporary photography. Owned by Jennie Anderson and located in St Paul’s Square, it promotes an awareness and appreciation of contemporary photography by presenting a programme of stimulating and thoughtful exhibitions supported by a variety of artist talks and events. Argentea is dedicated to showing the very best contemporary photography from both British and international artists. The exhibition will be displayed across RBSA Gallery floor 2 and Argentea Gallery’s ground floor.


Robert Neil, the President of the RBSA said ‘The RBSA is keen to exhibit the best in contemporary art and our photography exhibition is one of the highlights in this year’s packed programme.’


All RBSA prize exhibitions are selected by a guest panel of judges who have relevant experience and expertise. This year, the selection panel was: Camilla Brown, Associate Curator at GRAIN Photography Hub and freelance writer at Photomonitor; Maria Falconer (Panel Chair), Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Lecturer at De Montfort University, and dance photography specialist; John Hodgett, Professional Photographer with clients including Vogue and the British Journal of Photography. Having a rage of judges provides a variety of perspectives on each artwork and always makes for interesting discussions regarding which artworks should be selected for exhibition.


All RBSA prize exhibitions also provide the opportunity for selected artists to be awarded for their talents through prizes. Nicola Shipley, Director of GRAIN Projects, will award the prizes at the Closing Party on Friday 8 March. This year, prizes include: The £1,000 GMC First Prize, the £500 Purchase Prize donated by the Norstrom Family, The People’s Prize Exhibition Prize (a ground floor solo show exhibition in 2020 awarded to the artist selected by votes placed by visitors to the exhibition), and the GRAIN Portfolio Review. The RBSA thanks each donor for their generous support, which is greatly appreciated.