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Autumn Events for Members

Friday 25 October – Trip to the National Portrait Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery

We are excited to offer our members this fantastic day trip to London. As well as getting to see two wonderful new exhibitions, both featuring significant Barber works, you will enjoy an exclusive introductory talk from Chief Curator Alison Smith at the National Portrait Gallery. Coach travel and entry into the exhibitions is included in the £50 ticket price (lunch not included).


  • 7.30am – Pick up at Barber Institute
  • 10.30am – Arrive at National Portrait Gallery
  • 11.00am – Private introductory talk (lecture theatre)
  • 11.45am – Self-guided tour of Pre-Raphaelite Sisters 
  • 1.00pm – Lunch at the National Portrait Gallery Restaurant / Free time to view NPG
  • 2.45pm – Pick up from National Portrait Gallery
  • 3.30pm – Arrive at Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • 3.45pm – Entry into exhibition Rembrandt’s Light
  • 5.30pm – Pick up from Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • 8.30pm – Arrive back at Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Parking available at the University’s North East Car Park, Pritchatts Road – for details/charges, click here

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters (National Portrait Gallery)

This major exhibition is the first ever to focus on the untold story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art. Featuring new discoveries and unseen works from public and private collections across the world, the exhibition reveals the women behind the pictures. Through paintings, photographs, manuscripts and personal items, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters explores the significant roles they played as artists, models, muses and help meets who supported and sustained the artistic output of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Rembrandt’s Light (Dulwich Picture Gallery)

Arranged thematically, Rembrandt’s Light will take you on a journey from high drama and theatricality, to the contemplative and spiritual, showcasing his use of light. The exhibition focusses on the period from 1639–1658, when he lived in his ideal house at Breestraat in the heart of Amsterdam (today the Museum Het Rembrandthuis).

Spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis. Send a cheque, accompanied by the slip attached to your latest copy of In the Picture (or a note with your contact details) to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts today (or turn up in person and pay at reception) to book your space.

NB: Please be aware that your place will not be reserved until payment has been taken.

Any questions? Call the Barber’s Communications and Marketing Manager on 0121 414 2946. 


Wednesday 20 November, 6 to 8pm – ‘Teeth Marks’ in Conversation

We are collaborating with the Open Wide gallery for an artist talk with a difference – Anna Dumitriu will be giving a lecture about her ‘Teeth Marks’ project followed by a discussion with collaborator Dr Melissa Grant. ‘Teeth Marks’ explores the history and future of dentistry through its emotional and cultural impact. The project is strongly influenced by the relationship of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter to the early history of Birmingham Dental Hospital (the first dental hospital in the UK). Refreshments included.

Free Admission to Patrons and Members (you are also welcome to bring a friend!)

Booking Essential – Click here to book!


Tuesday 10 December, 6 to 8pm – Jan de Beer Christmas Party

During our recent survey of the Barber Association we noticed a lot of requests for a Christmas party. So, we are throwing a Flemish themed do around our exciting Jan de Beer exhibition, with music, entertainment, refreshments and more. Come along and join us!

£16 for Member; £20 for Non-Members; BA Member bring a friend for £18

Booking Essential – Click here to book!

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