Birmingham businesses invited to bid on hotly-tipped artists

Charity auction will raise funds for two very worthwhile causes.

Birmingham businesses are invited to bid on hotly-tipped artists at a glitzy charity auction, raising funds for two very worthwhile causes.

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is to hold its first Charity Auction on November 2nd, run by Bonhams and hosted by Deutsche Bank at their prestigious Brindleyplace offices.

An auction can be an exciting introduction to the art world, and placing bids on contemporary art makes your purchase all the more memorable. Whether it is art for an office space or a statement piece to take home, the RBSA Charity Auction has something for everyone. For more than 200 years, the RBSA has provided opportunities in Birmingham for people to engage with the arts. The Gallery is just off St Paul’s Square, and needs to raise funds urgently to continue its year-round programme of exhibitions and events.

Tickets are £10 and all auction proceeds will go to the RBSA: lots have been donated by artists to raise funds for the visual arts charity which is one of the oldest Royal Societies in the UK. Income from ticket sales will go to Autistica, Deutsche Bank’s Charity of the Year.

Robert Neil, President of the RBSA and a past finalist in the BP Portrait Award, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for art lovers to snap up a potential bargain. The range of artists featured at our Charity Auction is breathtaking.

“Reserves are very affordable, and it is possible that you could walk away with a work worth hundreds, if not thousands of pounds, for a fraction of the price. We hope to see both established collectors and those new to buying art at the event, which promises to be a thrilling night, and one we hope will raise much-needed funds, both for the RBSA and Autistica.”

Guests on the night will also be invited to support Autistica with an optional donation. Jon Spiers, Chief Executive at Autistica, said, “We’re thrilled to be chosen as RBSA’s partner charity benefitting from ticket sales from the event, which will help us to give long, happy, healthy lives to all autistic people and their families through groundbreaking research.”

A spokesperson for Bonhams added: “Bonhams are honoured to be asked to assist with the auction of these works in order to raise funds for these very worthy charitable causes.”

Tickets can be bought here