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New Exhibition Website

Bellows and the Body

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

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Exhibitions

Bellows and the Body

The Real, the Ideal and the Nude

21 October 2016 – 22 January 2017

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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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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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Exhibitions

Buried Treasures

Online Exhibition

Visit Buried Treasures: Uncovering Hoards virtually.

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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

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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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.

Events

Writing Workshop

EVERYDAY WONDERS

For Adults, led by Jacqui Rowe, Barber Writer in Residence 2013 ‒ 2014

Saturday 19 November, 1.30 ‒ 4pm

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Exhibitions

Uncovering the Body

14 October 2016 – 29 January 2017

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Events

THE BARBER: A POTTED HISTORY

Friday 9 & Thursday 15 September 11am - 12.30pm

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Exhibitions

Buried Treasures

Uncovering Hoards

Until 26 February 2017

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Events

Lightning Talks

Wednesday 7 December, 2 – 4pm.

Discover six artworks in 60 minutes

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Events

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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Events

Looking at Art

Art Appreciation Course

Thursdays, 1 ‒ 3pm OR Saturdays, 11am  ‒ 1pm

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Events

Writing Workshop

Boxes of Delight

For Adults, led by Jacqui Rowe, Barber Writer in Residence 2013 ‒ 2014

Saturday 10 December, 1.30 ‒ 4pm

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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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Concerts

I Fagiolini: Flaming Heart

Wednesday 22 March 7.30pm

On the 450th anniversary of his birth, a programme to celebrate Monteverdi’s unique expressive genius.

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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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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 13 September, 11 October, 8 November & 13 December, 2 ‒ 3pm

Why not come along to our ever popular Book Club?

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Concerts

University Women’s Choir

Friday 24 March 1.10pm

The final lunchtime concert in the spring season is presented by the award-winning University Women's Choir and their director, Professor Simon Carrington. There will be a retiring collection in support of Youth Music's Give a Gig campaign - supporting music education across the UK.

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Concerts

University Camerata

Monday 20 March 5pm

Join talented MA Choral Conductors as they lead this, the second of two performance by University Camerata, this time in the art deco splendour of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts concert hall.

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Concerts

Birmingham University Singers

Friday 17 March 1.10pm

Birmingham University Singers present a concert of works conducted by University Chorus Director, Julian Wilkins.

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Concerts

Chetham’s School of Music

Friday 10 March 1.10pm

Students from Chetham's School of Music give their annual concert in the Barber Institute. Come along to spot the stars of the future - including BBC Young Musician Brass finalist, Gemma Riley.

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Concerts

Chamber Ensembles

Sunday 5 March 3pm

The Music Society draws musicians from across the University to perform in a variety of ensembles, choirs and chamber groups. Expect duos, trios and quartets and an eclectic selection of repertoire.

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Concerts

Bel Canto: the songs of Donizetti and Bellini

Friday 3 March 1.10pm

The lyrical and captivating bel canto songs of Bellini and Donizetti are explored by opera singers Sarah-Jane Brandon and Stephanie Marshall, and their pianist Gary Matthewman.

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Concerts

Timothy Ridout & John Reid

Friday 24 February 1.10pm

Timothy Ridout is currently completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music and is joined for his Barber Concert debut by pianist John Reid.

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Concerts

Flute Choir and Clarinet Choir

Sunday 19 February 3pm

Two of the Music Society's fledgling ensembles, the Flute and Clarinet choirs present an afternoon of light music and fun arrangements. A perfect afternoon for all clarinet and flute enthusiasts.

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Concerts

Odysseus Piano Trio

Friday 17 February 1.10pm

The Odysseus Piano Trio was formed in 2015 by three former Cambridge University students, each now reputed artists in their own right. Both Clare Hammond and Gregor Riddell have previously performed in the Barber Institute and we welcome them back along with violinist Sara Trickey.

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Concerts

Birmingham Symphonic Brass

Sunday 12 February 3pm

Stephen Roberts directs the University's Symphonic Brass ensemble in this relaxed Sunday afternoon concert. Expect a programme of exciting arrangements for ten brass players and percussion, as well as some of Stephen's own compositions.

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Concerts

New Music Ensemble

Friday 10 February 1.10pm

The University of Birmingham New Music Ensemble, a group of talented hand-picked student musicians, perform newly commissioned works in response to the film noir genre, by composers with a Birmingham association.

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Concerts

Ulrich Heinen

Friday 3 February 1.10pm

Founder member of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and former Principal Cellist with the CBSO, Ulrich Heinen presents a programme of Bach and Stockhausen works for solo cello.

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Concerts

Sweeney Todd in Concert

Saturday 21 January 7.30pm

Unanimously acclaimed as one of Stephen Sondheim's most powerful scores, this black comedy concerns the infamous homicidal career of Sweeney Todd. Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, Sweeney Todd mixes intense drama with dark humour. At the show's core is a challenging score of epic proportion with two tasty tour-de-force roles in Sweeney and his comic foil and accomplice Mrs Lovett.

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Concerts

Kenneth Hamilton Lecture Recital: On Tour with Liszt

Friday 27 January 1.10pm

We welcome Professor Kenneth Hamilton as he presents his popular annual lecture recitals.

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Concerts

Kenneth Hamilton Lecture Recital: On Tour with Liszt

Friday 20 January 1.10pm

We welcome Professor Kenneth Hamilton as he presents his annual lecture recitals.

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Concerts

Castalian String Quartet

Friday 13 January 1.10pm

The Castalian String Quartet join us for the first concert of the Spring Term fresh from a tour of Italy.

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Concerts

CrossCurrents – Further information coming soon!

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Concerts

Summer Festival of Music – further information coming soon!

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Concerts

Services for Education: Music Service Concert

Sunday 11 December, 3pm

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Events

BEDFAS AT THE BARBER

Thursdays 15 September, 27 October and 17 November 2016; 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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