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Autumn Member Events

Autumn Member Events

See below for our Autumn Member Events, with links to book at the box office.


Friday 25 October – Trip to 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 holding significant Barber works, you will enjoy an exclusive lecture 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).

Itinerary for Friday 25 October 2019:

  • 7.30am – Pick up at Barber Institute
  • 10.30am – Arrive at National Portrait Gallery
  • 11.00am – Private lecture in the 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

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).

We have 20 spaces left for this trip. Spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis. Send the slip attached to your latest copy of In the Picture with your cheque 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.


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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