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Exhibitions

Bellows and the Body

The Real, the Ideal and the Nude

22 October 2016 – 22 January 2017

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Events

Symposium

Bellows and the Body

Friday 4 November, 9.30am ‒ 4.45pm

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Exhibitions

All the World’s a Stage

Court, Patrons & Writers in Shakespeare's Circle

10 June – 25 September

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Exhibitions

Buried Treasures

Uncovering Hoards

Until 26 February 2017

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WHAT’S ON

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WELCOME

Monet, Manet and Magritte; Renoir, Rubens, Rossetti and Rodin; Degas, Delacroix and Van Dyck - as well as Botticelli, Poussin, Turner, Gainsborough, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Bellows, Hodgkin and Auerbach...

You can see key works by all these - and many more - great artists in the galleries at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. There's also a stunning coin gallery and an exciting programme of exhibitions, concerts, lectures, gallery talks, workshops and family activities.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TS

0121 414 7333
info@barber.org.uk

Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 5pm

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Events

Sunday Gallery Tours

Second and Fourth Sundays of the month, 2.30pm

Discover our galleries in this hour-long tour. Meet in the foyer.

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Evening Lecture

George Bellows and the Urban Scene

Thursday 3 November, 5.30 ‒ 8pm

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Exhibitions

Curious Beauty

27 May – 4 September

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E-newsletter

Sign up to our monthly 'In the Picture' email newsletter, outlining just some of the exciting events programmed for the weeks ahead.

What's on Brochures

There is always plenty for you and your family to do at the Barber, with something on offer for people of all ages and interests. Join our free mailing list, providing you each season with a copy of our latest what's on guide, Families First and/or Music brochure. These give details and full listings of events, including exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and workshops. Simply fill in your details and let us know what events you would like to hear about.

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What our visitors say…

"A rare treat of a gallery." (FluterCoventry, June 2015)

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‘VISIT THIS PLACE. IT IS A JEWEL…’

- Michael Glover, The Independent

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Events

Reinventing the Bard

For adults, led by Jacqui Rowe, Barber Writer in Residence 2013-2014

Saturday 17 September, 1.30 ‒ 4pm

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Events

THE BARBER: A POTTED HISTORY

Thursday 15 September 11am - 12.30pm

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Exhibitions

Tales of the City

24 June - 2 October 2016

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LUNCHTIME LECTURES

Selected Wednesdays, 1.10pm.

Look out for our term-time lunchtime lecture series. Exploring topics that complement our collections and exhibition programme, these popular illustrated 50-minute lectures take place in the Barber Lecture Theatre.
FREE, no booking required

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Concerts

Martin James Bartlett

Wednesday 17 May 7.30pm

Winner of the 2014 BBC Young Musician competition, Martin James Bartlett makes his Barber Institute debut for the launch of the 2017 Birmingham International Piano Festival.

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Concerts

6 Hands Guitar Trio

Wednesday 10 May 7.30pm

After a barnstorming debut at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in June 2015, John Williams and John Etheridge have invited Gary Ryan to join them once more on a UK tour with their guitar supergroup 6 Hands. John Williams is a well-known classical guitarist with an interest in contemporary music; John Etheridge is an iconic jazz guitarist known for pushing the boundaries whilst Gary Ryan is a classical guitarist and composer and together, they will perform a programme of solos, duos and trios.

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Concerts

I Fagiolini: Flaming Heart

Wednesday 22 March 7.30pm

I Fagiolini is a British solo-voice ensemble directed by Robert Hollingworth. Alongside 50 international concerts per year, the group has also released 15 CDs and two DVDs, and in 2011, won a Gramophone award for their world premiere CD of the Striggio 40 part mass. They will be performing their brand new programme, entitled ‘Flaming Heart’.

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Concerts

The Heath Quartet

Wednesday 22 February 7.30pm

The first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award, The Heath Quartet make their Barber debut with a programme of iconic quartets.

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Concerts

Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton: A Shakespeare and Verlaine Songbook

Wednesday 9 November 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome two University of Birmingham alumni, Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton to perform in this Barber Evening Concert. In this performance, they explore the works of English playwright William Shakespeare and French poet Paul Verlaine through song.

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Concerts

The English Concert: Baroque Masters

Wednesday 26 October 7.30pm

The English Concert join us for their second Barber Evening Concert following a sold-out performance in 2014. We welcome back this influential ensemble with a programme that features the Principal strings of The English Concert, including viola Principal Alfonso Leal del Ojo in a performance of Telemann’s viola concerto.

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Concerts

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Wednesday 19 October 7.30pm

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (Philharmonisches Bläserquintett Berlin) make their Barber Institute debut with an eclectic programme for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn.

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Events

LUNCHTIME TOURS AND TALKS

Tuesdays, 1.15pm

These weekly talks focus on exhibitions and displays, as well as including introductory and themed mini-tours of the collection. They last approximately 30 minutes so why not come along in your lunch break?
FREE, no booking required

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Events

BARBER BOOK CLUB

Tuesdays 12 April, 10 May, 14 June, 12 July, 13 September

Why not come along to our ever popular Book Club?

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Concerts

University Camerata

Friday 9 December 1.10pm

MA Choral Conducting students direct the University Camerata, in this, the final lunchtime concert of the Autumn term. Join this talented group of singers for a programme of music for chamber choir.

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Concerts

Florentine Arts Ensemble: Dahl’s Norwegian Landscape

Friday 2 December 1.10pm

Taking inspiration from the Barber Gallery collection and Johan Cristian Dahl’s captivating 1840 oil on canvas - A mother and child by the sea – the Florentine Arts Ensemble present a Scandinavian programme for violin and piano.

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Concerts

Amy Harman and Erdem Misirlioglu

Friday 25 November 1.10pm

YCAT artist Amy Harman is joined by Erdem Misirlioglu to present a programme of music for bassoon and piano.

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Concerts

Musica Secreta, Early Modern Vocal Ensembles and Early Music Ensembles

Sunday 20 November 3pm

To celebrate the quincentenary of the publication of Ariosto's Orlando furioso, the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research and the Early Modern Vocal Ensemble team up with the professional baroque ensemble Musica Secreta to present a programme of musical responses to this exciting and epoch-making publication.

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Concerts

Birmingham Symphonic Brass

Sunday 13 November 3pm

Ten talented brass players and their musical director Stephen Roberts present a lively afternoon concert suitable for families.

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Concerts

Musica Secreta

Friday 18 November 1.10pm

Musica Secreta present a programme of music as part of this weekend celebrating Ariosto’s Orlando furioso.

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Concerts

King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls

Friday 11 November 1.10pm

King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School give their annual concert in the Barber Concert Hall presenting a selection of their talented young musicians.

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Concerts

Binchois Consort: In Praise of Saints – English Music and Midlands Alabasters in the Fifteenth Century

Friday 4 November 1.10pm

The Binchois Consort present a concert of English Music contemporary with fifteenth century Midlands Alabasters, conducted by Peyton and Barber Professor of Music, Andrew Kirkman.

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Concerts

Daniel Lebhardt

Friday 28 October 1.10pm

Daniel makes his Barber Institute debut with a performance that includes Beethoven’s final piano sonata and Thomas Adès’s 1992 Darknesse Visible.

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Concerts

Richard Jenkinson & David le Page

Friday 21 October 1.10pm

In the final year of his Phd at the University, former CBSO Principal Cellist Richard Jenkinson is joined by leader of Orchestra of the Swan, David le Page.

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Joel Williams & Duncan Appleby: Shakespeare and his contemporaries

Friday 14 October 1.10pm

Winner of the 2014 Musica Britannica Sir Antony Lewis Memorial Prize, tenor Joel Williams is joined by Duncan Appleby for a recital of music influenced by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

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Concerts

James Turnbull & Clare Hammond

Friday 7 October 1.10pm

This year’s Presteigne Festival tour concert is given by acclaimed pianist Clare Hammond and oboist James Turnbull.

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Concerts

Bournville String Orchestra

Saturday 3 September, 7.30pm

In their annual Charity concert, the Bournville String Orchestra are joined by four young, talented soloists to perform a delightful variety of music. This year, money is being raised in aid of the Children's Hand and Arm Surgery Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

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Events

BEDFAS AT THE BARBER

Thursdays 21 April, 19 May & 16 June 6pm

Birmingham Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society's (BEDFAS) fascinating and enjoyable lectures now take place at the Barber each month.

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Concerts

Lunchtime Concerts

Fridays at 1.10pm, Barber Concert Hall

A series of free lunchtime concerts by professional musicians, taking place every Friday during term time.

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