barber institute of fine arts
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The Barber Association


Lady Barber’s dream was to found an arts institute for the University of Birmingham – a gallery and concert hall to be used ‘in perpetuity for the study and encouragement of art and music’.  Its art collection should be ‘of that standard of quality required by the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection’.  Her foresight, and her generous legacy, led to the establishment of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

Since its foundation in 1932, the Barber has gone from strength to strength.  It has established itself as one of the finest small public art galleries in the UK, housing a world-class art collection, running a highly acclaimed concert programme, and hosting internationally renowned exhibitions.  It also runs a thriving engagement programme for all ages, as well as being one of the leading centres of study for the study of both undergraduate and postgraduate History of Art and Music.

We are very grateful to our friends and supporters for their generosity.  They enable us to expand and develop our programmes, and to augment our collections and facilities.  If you care about art and music, and about the Barber, you can make an enormous difference to our work by joining the Barber Association, or by making a gift or bequest.  By doing this you will help us in our ambition to bring art and music to ever wider audiences, furthering Lady Barber’s far-sighted vision.

We hope you will join us.

Sir Dominic Cadbury
President, The Barber Association

Nicola Kalinsky
Director, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts


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