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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 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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News

Art Fund Work of 2019

Vote by 11 December

‘Greyhound with Puppies’ has been nominated for the Artfunded work of the year

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What’s on September – December 2019

View our latest brochures here

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What our visitors say…

''Deeply satisfying as ever. Helpful staff. Excellent guide'' HM, Kendal, 24/11/2019

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‘VISIT THIS PLACE. IT IS A JEWEL…’

- Michael Glover, The Independent

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Events

BA CHRISTMAS PARTY 2019

Tuesday 10 December, 6 - 8pm

The Barber Association Christmas Party returns!

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Exhibitions

The Printed Word: Image, Text and Meaning

18 October 2019 - 26 January 2020

Beige Gallery Print Bay

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Exhibitions

The Mughals: Power and Beauty at the Indian Court

11 October 2019 - 2 February 2020

Green Gallery, Print Bay

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Exhibitions

Truly Bright and Memorable: Jan de Beer’s Renaissance Altarpieces

25 October 2019 - 19 January 2020

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Sign up for the Barber’s FREE, monthly e-news, outlining the exciting events programmed for the weeks ahead.

What's on Brochures

Our thrice-a-year What’s On, Families First and Music brochures can be viewed and downloaded here. If you would like us to post you the Music brochure – detailing all Barber Lunchtime and Evening concerts, as well as University Music performances and events, please e-mail Barber Music. Receiving all three brochures by post is now a Barber Association membership benefit – why not consider joining? You can read more here.

Events

Lates

Autumn 2019

Evenings of creativity, inspiration and conversation.

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Concerts

Barber Concerts Artistic Programming & Partners

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Events

Wednesday Walk & Draw

Monthly Wednesdays, 12 - 12.30pm

Take a 30-minute walk across campus and make speedy sketches along the way of its landscape, buildings and people.

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Exhibitions

A Tale of Two Empires: Rome and Persia

10 May 2019 - 15 March 2020

Coin Gallery

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Events

Bloom Collective

31 October, 7 & 12 December

Join us for a some fantastic floristry with Birmingham-based flower studio, Bloom Collective.

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News

Animal-tastic Animation Video!

Animal-tastic Animation Video!

We became animators at our children's workshop in half-term! Can you spot yours?

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Sculpture and Decorative Art

UNKNOWN ITALIAN ARTIST

Head of Prudence

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Concerts

Leon McCawley

Wednesday 20 May, 7.30pm

Join Leon for this performance and the official launch of the Autumn 2020 Birmingham International Piano Festival programme.

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Concerts

William Thomas bass Joseph Middleton piano

Friday 27 March, 1pm

Winner of the 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Award and 2018 John Christie Award, William Thomas is fast making a name for himself as one of today’s most promising young singers.

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Linarol Consort

Friday 20 March, 1pm

The Linarol Consort of Viols play on instruments based on the earliest surviving viol, a Venetian instrument from around 1540, creating a unique sound quite distinct from the later instruments most commonly known today. T

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Quatuor Bozzini

Wednesday 18 March, 7.30pm

The culmination of a two year partnership between the Department of Music’s composition pathways, Barber Concerts, and Quatour Bozzini, this performance features the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Michael Zev Gordon.

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Joel Sachs piano

Friday 13 March, 1pm

Joel Sachs returns to the University following his appearance in the inaugural CrossCurrents festival in 2016 for a mesmerising performance of Ives’ ragtime and hymn inspired first sonata.

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Flute Choir & Clarinet Choir

Saturday 7 March, 2pm

The two ‘choirs’ performing in this concert rehearse with great enthusiasm every week and bring together students from across the University, and members of the local community.

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Birmingham Symphonic Brass

Friday 6 March, 1pm

Take ten talented student brass players, add in one of the UK's leading composers/arrangers and brass ensemble leaders, throw in some eclectic arrangements and original compositions, and join us for 50 minutes of lively lunchtime music to kick-start your weekend.

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The Electric Voice / Part 1

Friday 28 February, 1pm

Nicholas Isherwood performs works from his specially commissioned Electric Voice project, including a world premiere by the Department of Music’s composition professor, Michael Zev Gordon.

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James Gilchrist tenor Anna Tilbrook piano

Wednesday 26 February, 7.30pm

James Gilchrist is one of the UK’s leading tenors and has performed in major concert halls throughout the world. He makes his Barber Evening Concert debut with his duo partner Anna Tilbrook.

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Tom Poster Piano

Friday 21 February, 1pm

Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist, with commissions as a composer, and as founder of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective.

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Early Modern Vocal Ensemble

Saturday 15 February, 2pm

Focusing on music from the seventeenth century, the University’s Early Modern Vocal Ensemble perform Italian cantatas and oratorios, featuring Roman composers including Giacomo Carissimi and Luigi Rossi.

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Ruisi Quartet

Friday 14 February, 1pm

Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Young British String Players, the critically-acclaimed Ruisi Quartet has established a reputation as a charismatic and expressive young ensemble.

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Art of Moog: 21st Century Hyper-Bach

Friday 31 January, 1pm

Art of Moog plays the music of J S Bach on cutting edge analogue and digital synthesizers, with some unashamed electronica overtones.

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A Spanish Songbook

Friday 7 February, 1pm

This award-winning Spanish soprano makes her Barber Concerts debut as part of our continuing partnership with Oxford Lieder for a performance entitled 'A Spanish Songbook'

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Concerts

Kenneth Hamilton Lecture-Recitals

Friday 17, 24 January, 1pm

Popular pianist Kenneth Hamilton rings in the New Year with waltzes by Chopin, and challenges the new Steinway with Liszt’s stupendous transcription of Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser.

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Paintings

ART UK

Collection masterpieces feature on Art UK website

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Concerts

Sestina

Wednesday 5 February, 7.30pm

Early music vocal ensemble Sestina is joined by acclaimed violinist Rachel Podger for this performance exploring love and loss in the Bach family.

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Boxwood and Brass: A Georgian Country House Christmas

Friday 13 December, 1pm

Praised for ‘spectacular playing’ (Early Music Today) and ‘button-bright performances’ (Gramophone), period wind ensemble Boxwood & Brass bring a taste of the elegant, presenting music that accompanied the festivities.

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Coming to a concert?

We've put together some guidance and handy tips for attending events in the Barber Concert Hall.

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