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Barber Association: 2018 Events

It’s been a busy year so far for the Barber Association with several events throughout the first months, and more to come.

20 February 2018: Review and Preview 

A look back at the Association highlights from 2017 and a look forward to the exhibitions and events planned for 2018. (See gallery 1, right)

20 March 2018: Barber and Winterbourne Joint Event

A joint event with the Friends of Winterbourne House and Garden. Guests had the chance to view ‘The Rhythm of Light’, our Scottish Colourists exhibition, before talks from the the Barber’s Director Nicola Kalinsky, Deputy Director Robert Wenley, Winterbourne’s Collections Officer Henrietta Lockhart and Lee Hale, the Head of Winterbourne. Lee and Henrietta then led the guests on a tour of Winterbourne’s house and grounds. (See gallery 2, right)

21 June 2018: Interns’ Tea Party

An annual event for our patrons, to celebrate the past year’s cohort of interns in the Collections, Communications and Marketing and Learning and Engagement departments. (See gallery 3, right)

28 June 2018: ‘Drawn to Perfection’ Exhibition in Conversation

An exclusive viewing of our summer exhibition with Royal Collection Trust, followed by a chance to hear the student curator’s experiences of curating the exhibition. (See gallery 4, right)

Upcoming Events:

To celebrate our upcoming exhibition, Maman: Vullard and Madame Vuillard, we are delighted to invite you to ‘An Evening with the Vuillards’. This exciting Members’ event will feature a live domestic scene with actors playing the roles of the artist and his mother, giving you an insight into the life of the Vuillard family. Dr Francesca Berry, the curator of the exhibition, will also be providing an introductory talk, and complimentary refreshments will be served. We encourage Members to bring along a friend or two, who will be able to pay at the discounted rate of £10 (£12 non-Member entry, £9 Member entry).

For tickets to the above event, being held on Wednesday 24th October, click here: ‘An Evening with the Vuillards’

There was a busy programme of Barber Association events at the gallery and beyond in 2017.

In July, the Association was officially launched with a Saturday afternoon tea party that focussed on the loan to the gallery of the Monet masterpiece, Water Lily Pond, from the Art Institute of Chicago. As well as tea and cakes, 300 Members and Patrons were treated to talks on Monet and on the fashion for water gardens by the Barber’s Assistant Curator, Helen Cobby, and Head of Winterbourne, Lee Hales. And as well as enjoying the Monet in the gallery, visitors were able to gain complimentary entrance to Winterbourne House and Garden to see their real Japanese Bridge and water lily pond.

Members and Patrons were welcomed to In Rehearsal/In Conversation in September – an exclusive opportunity to see the Barber Opera company in dress rehearsal for their production of Popora’s L’Agrippina (1708), before hearing the MA Art History student curators share their experiences of curating More Real Than Life: 19th-century Portrait Photography. Patrons were also invited to a special VIP Reception before the first performance of L’Agrippina, where they were introduced by the show by the Director, Daisy Evans and the Music Director, Peyton and Barber Professor of Music Andrew Kirkman, before enjoying the opera itself.

Barber and Ikon Patrons mingled in November at a special reception, held at Ikon Gallery, to mark the loan of two of the Barber’s prints for Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz. Ikon Director Jonathan Watkins provided a tour of the exhibition, exploring the extremely moving and intense work of one of the leading German artists of the early 20th century.

Patrons also enjoyed the exhibition launch for Pride and Persecution: Jan Steen’s Old Testament Scenes on 26 October. Following a welcome given by Nicola Kalinsky, Professor Christopher Brown CBE – Henry Barber Trustee, former Director of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and expert on Dutch Golden Age art – gave an introduction to Jan Steen and the exhibition.

More than 50 Patrons and Members joined us for a special event on 8 November – Jan Steen: An evening of music and art. Guests heard Robert Wenley – Deputy Director and Head of Collections, Barber Institute – give an introduction to the exhibition before enjoying an exclusive evening viewing of the exhibition, and the Barber’s collections, to the strains of 17th century Baroque cello music performed by Imogen Seth-Smith, sub-principal cellist for both the Academy of Ancient Music and the Symphony of Harmony and Invention.

Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675)

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Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675)

Four landscapes

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Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675)

Four landscapes

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Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675)

Four landscapes

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