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Bellows Exhibition Website

Bellows and the Body

The Barber's special microsite to accompany the exhibition Bellows and the Body: The Real, the Ideal and the Nude is still live!

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WHAT’S ON

Download our brochures for everything you need to know about this season at the Barber.

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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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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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Exhibitions

FRANCIS BACON

Two Figures in a Room

10 February - 26 March 2017

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Exhibitions

EXCAVATING EMPIRE

Gold, Silver and Bronze in Byzantium

16 March 2017 - 18 March 2018

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Exhibitions

TUMBLEWEED

Hannah Honeywill

24 February - 4 June 2017

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Exhibitions

COPYING THE MASTERS

Print Bay Display

20 January - 7 May 2017

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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.

Exhibitions

WORKS OF MERCY

Photographs by Attilio Fiumarella

7 April - 21 May 2017

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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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Exhibitions

Buried Treasures

Online Exhibition

Visit Buried Treasures: Uncovering Hoards virtually.

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TALKING BACON

Francis Bacon: 'Two Figures in a Room' (1959)

Tuesday 7 March
In Collaboration with the Barber Association

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Learning

LITTLE ARTISTS

Early Years Story Telling and Craft Sessions

Fridays 3 February & 10 March, 10.30am - 12pm

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Exhibitions

EXCAVATING EMPIRE

David Talbot Rice and the Rediscovery of Byzantium

10 February - 11 June 2017

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Events

BACON’S HUMANS

Adult Painting Workshop

Saturdays 25 February, 4 & 11 March, 11am - 4pm

FULLY BOOKED

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TIME AND PLACE

Writing & Drawing Workshop

Thursday 16 March, 10am - 1pm

Fully booked

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Events

ON PAPER

Prints and Drawings in Focus talks

Thursdays 2 February & 9 March, 1.15 - 1.45pm

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SEXUALITY, IDENTITY AND AMBIGUITY

Thursday 16 February, 1 -2pm

FULLY BOOKED

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WRITING WORKSHOPS

Saturdays 14 January, 11 February & 8 April, 1.30 - 4pm

Develop your writing and explore new approaches in monthly workshops, inspired by the Barber's collection.

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Events

Dividing Lines

A Brain Science View of Landscape Art

Tuesday 14 March, 5.30 - 8pm

FULLY BOOKED

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Events

Evening Lecture

Francis Bacon and the Spaces of Queer Intimacy

Monday 27 February, 5.30 - 7.30pm

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Events

Dramatically Lit Portraits

Saturdays 12, 19 & 26 November

Enjoy a three-day oil painting course responding to the works of George Bellows, led by artist-tutor Adrian Clamp.

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WORK WITH US

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LUNCHTIME LECTURES

Wednesday 16 & 23 November, 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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EXPLORING DRAWING

Adult Drawing Workshop

Saturday 18 February, 11am - 1pm

FULLY BOOKED

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Learning

Understanding Art

Art & Science

Thursday 9, 16, 23 & 30 March, 2 - 3.30pm

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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

Pre-eminent Classical guitarist John Williams and celebrated jazz guitarist John Etheridge are joined by critically acclaimed guitarist and composer Gary Ryan to form guitar supergroup '6 Hands'. Join these three guitar legends as they combine their unrivalled skills as classical and jazz musicians to create an awe-inspiring concert of solos, duos and trios.

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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 10 January, 14 February, 14 March & 11 April, 2 ‒ 3pm

Why not come along to our ever popular Book Club?

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Concerts

Songs About Us

Saturday 4 November 2pm

Dominic Harlan presenter/piano

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Concerts

Ksenija Sidorova

Friday 3 November 1.10pm

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Concerts

Benjamin Grosvenor

Wednesday 1 November 7.30pm

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Concerts

European Union Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 28 October 7.30pm

Steven Devine harpsichord

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Concerts

Kenneth Hamilton Lecture-recital

Friday 27 October 1.10pm

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Concerts

Sir Willard White

Wednesday 6 December 7.30pm

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Concerts

James Ehnes

Wednesday 15 November 7.30pm

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Concerts

Porpora’s L’Agrippina

Thursday 21 September 7pm
Saturday 23 September 7pm
Sunday 24 September 3pm

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Concerts

Birmingham and Solihull International Jazz and Blues Festival

Friday 14 and Friday 21 July 1.10pm

We host two stellar acts as part of the Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival, to finish off a summer term packed with performances at the University. Details of the performers will be announced shortly.

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Concerts

Brant International Piano Competition 2017

Saturday 17 June 9am and Sunday 18 June 10am

Mark Bebbington, Jayson Gilham and Ashley Fripp are among the former winners of this prestigious competition, which gives young pianists resident in the UK a chance to further their career and perform in world-class venues.

In the preliminary round, mixed programmes are performed by up to 25 competitors, of whom eight are selected for the semi-final. The final takes place in Birmingham Town Hall on 1 July. Please note that the sessions on 17 and 18 June may start later if competitors withdraw.

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Concerts

Festival Voices

Friday 16 June, 1.10pm

This year's festival concludes with a lunchtime performance that brings together singers from across the University to perform as Festival Voices. Taking inspiration from the summer season, the programme explores the beauty of nature and the delights of this all too fleeting time of year.

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Concerts

The Enchanted Pig

Friday 9 June, 7.30pm and Saturday 10 June, 3pm

A love story filled with mud, mischief, and magic. This UK university student premiere is directed by Will Jackson and musically directed by Daniel Mahoney, with a talented student cast from the University of Birmingham.

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Concerts

Suzanne Fischer & Panaretos Kyriatzidis

Friday 19 May, 1.10pm

The annual Oxford Lieder Festival takes place every October and is complemented by projects such as the Young Artist Platform, presenting the finest young singers and pianists in recitals across the UK.

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Concerts

Michael Tsalka fortepiano

Friday 12 May, 1.10pm

One of Europe's leading period piano specialists, Michael Tsalka, presents a concert on the Department of Music's fortepiano.

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Concerts

The Royal Air Force Music Services Tuba Quartet

Friday 5 May, 1.10pmn

We celebrate International Tuba Day with an eclectic recital from the Tuba Quartet of the Royal Air Force.

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Concerts

Pestova/Roche/Rees trio

Friday 28 April, 1.10pm

Our resident ensemble, the Pestova/Roche/Rees trio present a programme featuring the premiere of Scott Wilson's LOW, alongside works by Rob MacKay, Maximillian Marcoll and others.

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Events

Easter Art School: Funky Frames

Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 April

11am - 12.30pm: 4 to 8 years
1.30 - 3pm: 8 to 12 years

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Events

Myths & Legends

Half-Term Family Day

Tuesday 21 February, 11am - 3pm

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Concerts

Revolting Rhymes

Saturday 25 March 10.30am - 4.30pm

Join us for a phizz-whizzing day of gloriumptious music, storytelling and art as we celebrate Roald Dahl's jumpsquiffling stories from Revolting Rhymes in the 2017 Bournville Book Festival.

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Concerts

CrossCurrents – Further information coming soon!

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BEDFAS AT THE BARBER

Thursdays 16 February, 16 March & 27 April; 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 from October to May.

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