Artfull Expression, School of Jewellery, Tina Francis Tapestry, Artisan Alchemy, RBSA. Venues – 04, 19, 13, 05, 16

Nearest Tram – St Pauls and Jewellery Quarter. Best Bus – 101 or 8c/a

For us at Jewellery Quarter Open Studios this is the only way to get from Golden Square to St Pauls Square, we like a little sneaky short cut through the fantastic back streets full of history. A world famous school, a true supporter of designer makers, a tapestry maker, a royal society of artists and contemporary furniture and jewellery gallery – what more could you ask for?

Representing over 60 designer makers Artfull Expression is a true destination for all those that love independent design. Run by David Louis Hedley as well as supporting makers he also sponsors a student prize at The School of Jewellery for graduates of the world renowned Design for Industry Course. (step up from street, Saturday only)
The Open Studio to end all Open Studios Birmingham School of Jewellery has been training jewellers and horologists since 1890. Demonstrations, alumni showcase and the best atrium in town visit a piece of history and the future all at once. (full access)
Tina Francis Tapestry has been working hard bringing bargello back over the last year alongside stitching 1000 bees with the people of Birmingham. See the results of both of these endeavours in the new studio space on Regent Street (image courtesy Stacey Grant). Also featuring Mahliqa Wire Jewellery. (flat access)
Artisan Alchemy is a contemporary gallery exhibiting bespoke fine furniture and fine jewellery. Run by Michele White see the synergy between two natural materials and the fine crafts behind them. (flat access available)
The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) is an artist led charity which supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts. It also houses the best contemporary craft gallery shop in Birmingham.

Whilst visiting these great Jewellery Quarter Open Studios be sure to look up at the buldings and spot a blue plaque or two, James Watt lived around these streets.

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