barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Why not join our monthly book club for a stimulating and informal discussion of books that link to the Barber’s magnificent collection and the themes its works explore?

The ever popular Barber Book Club continues throughout the year, exploring literature related to themes within our permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.  We welcome ideas from participants for future book club sessions.


13 September – My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk

11 October –   The Emperor of Paris by CS Richardson

8 November – The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac, translated by Richard Howard

13 December – An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro