Friends were out in force for the launch of their annual exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

The Friends have been part of the RBSA since the 1900s and the Society was one of the first to allow subscribers to hold their own exhibitions.

This year’s Friends Exhibition features an extremely high standard of work, noted by many of the visitors to the Private View on 29 June.

Textile Artist Judith Rowley, whose ‘Requiem for the Children of Aberfan’ takes centre stage in Gallery Two, said: “It’s a stimulating and very striking exhibition. The diversity in terms of 2D, 3D and different media makes me so proud to be a part of it.”

Fellow exhibitor Glen Ibbitson said: “It’s nice to see that most of the exhibition involves the world around us. What caught my eye was some of the little gems, things you wouldn’t see at first.”

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