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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

FROM OUTSIDE: Tess Jaray

27 February – 12 May 2019

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Events

Barber Lates

Spring & Summer 2019

Evenings of creativity, inspiration, and conversation.

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What’s on January – April 2019

January – April 2019

Our latest What's On, Families First and Concerts brochures are now available – and you can download and print them here...

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Visit

What our visitors say…

' A mesmerising gift to the world by Lady Barber. Thank you. Wonderful security staff.' C.B., Solihull, 02/12/2018

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‘VISIT THIS PLACE. IT IS A JEWEL…’

- Michael Glover, The Independent

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Exhibitions

A Tale of Two Empires: Rome and Persia

A Tale of Two Empires: Rome and Persia

10 May 2019 - 15 March 2020

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Support

Intern Update

Our latest interns provide us with an update.

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Concerts

Barber Concerts

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E-news

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

Lunchtime Lectures

Wednesdays 26 June & 3 July

Curious about Cassiano?
Find out more in these lunchtime lectures.

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Events

Memento Mori: exploring death and dying through art

Friday 17 May

Part of A Matter of Life and Death Festival & Dying Matters Awareness Week.

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Events

Building the Barber

Tuesday 18 June

An evening of celebration for the 80th anniversary of the royal opening of the building!

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Events

Honest Skincare

Thursdays 23 May & 18 July

Join Honest Skincare to explore the combined power of art and scents

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Exhibitions

Drawing Out the Sound

Representations of Music in Art

Until 19 May 2019

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Events

Writing Workshops

Monthly Saturdays

Create prose and poetry based on works in the Barber's collection and exhibitions. For all ages.

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Events

Working Clasp

Thursday 6 June

Create unique jewellery in a workshop with local maker Working Clasp

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Events

Drawing Saturdays

First Saturday of the month

Get drawing with Adrian Clamp - experiment and explore the gallery's works on paper.

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Events

Creative Sunday Workshops

April - August 2019

Every Sunday try out new ways to make art!

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Events

Wednesday Walk & Draw

15 May, 12 June, 10 July, 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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Concerts

Ziyu He & Marie Hauzel

Wednesday 4 December, 7.30pm

Outstanding violinist Ziyu He, teams up with Marie Hauzel for a Barber Evening Concert featuring Stravinsky, Bartók and Saint-Säens amongst others.

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Concerts

Tenebrae: Path of Miracles

Wednesday 23 October, 7.30pm

Tenebrae presents Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles, a unique and dramatic work inspired by the enduring Catholic pilgrimage to Santiago.

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Concerts

Sam Leak Trio

Friday 8 November, 1pm

We bring gospel tinged and folk inspired contemporary jazz to the piano festival in the final concert with the Sam Leak Trio.

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Concerts

Freddy Kempf

Wednesday 6 November, 7.30pm

Join former BBC Young Musician Freddy Kempf for a recital of Mozart.

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Concerts

Messiaen: Visions de l’Amen

Friday 1 November, 1pm

Benjamin Frith joins Department of Music PhD student Liang Shan for a rare performance of this Messiaen masterpiece.

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Concerts

Martin Roscoe & Peter Donohoe

Wednesday 30 October, 7.30pm

Martin Roscoe returns to Birmingham International Piano Festival, performing with Peter Donohoe.

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Concerts

Selecting a Steinway: A Concert with Conversation

Friday 25 October, 1pm

Professor Kenneth Hamilton and Steinway's Ulrich Gerhartz lift the lid on the Henry Barber Trust funded new grand piano in a lecture-recital on how to select a Steinway.

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Concerts

Birmingham International Piano Competition

Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June

Birmingham International Piano Competition remains committed to the art of the piano recital and gives young pianists the chance to further their careers and perform in world class venues.

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Concerts

Summer Festival Voices

Friday 21 June, 1.10pm

To include selections from George Shearing’s Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare, and part-songs by Elgar, Holst, and Vaughan Williams.

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Concerts

A Little Night Music

Summer Festival Opera

Fall in love this June with some magical summer night music.

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Concerts

Ceri Owen & Gareth Brynmor John

Friday 24 May, 1.10pm

Join us for a lecture-recital from the Department of Music's new Director of Performance Ceri Owen and award-winning baritone Gareth Brynmor John.

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Concerts

Florian Kitt & Carlos Rivera-Aguilar

Friday 17 May, 1.10pm

Internationally acclaimed Austrian cellist Florian Kitt and pianist Carlos Rivera-Aguilar perform Debussy, Friedrich Cerha and Prokofiev.

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Concerts

Callino Quartet

Friday 10 May, 1.10pm

The Callino Quartet join us to premiere the third instalment of John Woolrich's A Book of Inventions, alongside a new student composition and Mendelssohn's final string quartet.

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Concerts

BEASTFEaST 2019: ►►fast-forward►◄rewind◄◄

Friday 3 May, 1.10pm

The internationally recognised ensemble Apartment House presents a new work by James Opstad alongside music by Julius Aglinskas and Lucie Viková.

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News

International Women’s Day 2019

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Concerts

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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Concerts

Pavel Kolesnikov

Wednesday 8 May, 7.30pm

Pavel Kolesnikov joins us to launch the 2019 Birmingham International Piano Festival. 

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