The Birmingham School of Art

Birmingham in the late 19th century was a centre for the Arts and Crafts movement. It drew inspiration from pioneering figures like the designer and activist William Morris and strength from the city’s small workshops and tradition of jewellery-making and metalwork. Its painters were inspired by the work of Edward Burne-Jones, born in Birmingham but by the 1880s an artist with a national and international reputation.

The Birmingham School of Art collection offers an opportunity to discover the vibrant, progressive work produced in the city at the turn of the 19th century by artists including the tempera painter Joseph Southall, painter and metalworker Arthur Gaskin, and women artists and makers including Georgie Gaskin and Kate Bunce.