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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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What’s on September – December 2019

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What our visitors say…

“Fabulous range of paintings and decorative arts – enhanced by very helpful and knowledgeable security and gallery staff” - S.D, London, 10/06/19

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‘VISIT THIS PLACE. IT IS A JEWEL…’

- Michael Glover, The Independent

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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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Events

Altarpieces with Attitude: Jan de Beer and the Antwerp Mannerists

Saturday 26 October, 1.30 - 5pm

Study afternoon: hear from the three authors of the exhibition catalogue in this afternoon exploring de Beer's work.

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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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Lates

Autumn 2019

Evenings of creativity, inspiration and conversation.

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Concerts

Barber Concerts Artistic Programming & Partners

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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

Rangoli Takeover

Wednesday 16 October, 12noon - 4pm

Transform the Barber foyer with rangoli inspired by 'The Mughals' display.

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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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Gallery Talk and Handling Session

Thursday 21 November, 11am - 1pm

Hear from 'The Mughals' curator, Neelam Hussain, and handle original material linked to the exhibition.

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Events

BSL Exhibition Tour

Saturday 9 November, 1 - 3pm

Join deaf artist and guide Olivier Jamin for a BSL tour.

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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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Concerts

6 Hands – 3 Guitars

Thursday 7 October, 8pm

For one night only switch keyboards for fretboards and be dazzled in a rare encounter with giants of the guitar world.

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Paintings

ART UK

Collection masterpieces feature on Art UK website

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Events

Local Makers’ Market

Saturday 30 November, 12noon - 4pm

Find unique gifts and take home original art made by local craftspeople and makers.

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Concerts

Sestina

Wed 5 February 7.30–9.30pm

Join the dynamic Belfast based choral ensemble alongside some of the finest early music instrumentalists from Ireland and the UK in works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his relatives.

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French Fables

Thursday 7 November, 5.30pm

To mark the end of the Baudelaire Song Project at the University of Birmingham, discover legendary creatures and forces of nature in settings of songs featuring the major nineteenth-century French
poet Charles Baudelaire.

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Music and the Hanseatic League

Saturday 16 November, 3pm

This programme investigates music from these cities including pieces by major composers such as Buxtehude, Mattheson, Keiser and Handel.

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Concerts

King Edward’s Schools

Friday 22 November, 1pm

With the enviable reputation of producing some of the UK’s finest young classical musicians, join King Edward’s and King Edward VI High School for Girls in their annual concert performance featuring talented young students.

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Onyx Brass

Friday 15 November, 1pm

Take time out of your day and spend a lunch hour with Onyx Brass, ‘the classiest brass ensemble in Britain’.

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Binchois Consort

Friday 29 November, 1pm

Glimpse into Antwerp’s soundscape at the same time that de Beer was producing his refined and detailed panels, the focus of an exhibition
at the Barber Institute this autumn.

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A New Song

Friday 6 December, 1pm

Conjure up everyday magic with words by master poet Michael Donaghy in the Midlands premiere of acclaimed Scottish composer Martin Suckling’s The Tuning.

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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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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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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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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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Freddy Kempf

Wednesday 6 November, 7.30pm

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

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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

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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