barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham



The Barber is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.


After hours, celebrate the arts with creative workshops, talks and debates, film, music and performance.

Enjoy the space, atmosphere and have fun.

Free Lates

Arts & Science Lightning Talks | Monday 27 January, 5.30 – 7pm.

Hear short talks all based on the theme of illumination. The bell rings, and you move on to your next artwork! Part of Arts and Science Festival. 

Embarrassing: a guide to writing and editing queer love poetry | Tuesday 25 February, 6 – 8pm.

A creative writing workshop for all your most sticky, saccharine and embarrassing love poems. 

Nocturnes: Ethereal Science / Constructing Beauty | Tuesday 3 March, 6 – 8.30pm.

Encounter exciting and radical ideas combining arts and science. Inspired by Gabo, discover the wonders of the universe with Infinite Opera

Feminists Work for Change | Tuesday 10 March, 6 – 8pm.

Workshop feminist concerns with Feminists Work for Change, a Birmingham-based activist group. Hand-print your slogan onto a tote bag to take home. Fully booked.

Student session 3 – 5pm.


More Lates

Yin Yoga | Tuesday 21 January, 5.30 – 7.30pm | £8 / £7 concs.

Enjoy a relaxed evening of art-inspired yin yoga in the gallery – and a cup or two of herbal tea. 

Loaf – Shaping Spaces and Sourdough | Thursday 30 January & Thursday 26 March, 6 – 8pm | £20 / £16 concs.

Join local bakery Loaf to discover the history of naturally-leavened sourdough – and the place of food in the Barber’s collection.

Life-drawing with Spirited Bodies | Thursday 6 February, 6 – 8pm | £15 / £13 concs.

Spirited Bodies are returning for a relaxed life-drawing session exploring body image and positivity. Suitable for 18+. 

Terrazzo Making | Thursday 5 March, 6 – 9pm | £65 / £60

Design and make your own terrazzo coasters with Olivia Aspinall

Working Clasp | Thursday 2 April, 6 – 8pm | £35 / £30

Create your own contemporary jewellery inspired by Gabo and the St Ives modernists – with local jewellery expert, Working Clasp.

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Coming up!

Flatpack Festival Meets the Barber: A Trick of the Light

Thursday 7 May, 5.30pm – 8pm

£10; booking opens soon

Enter a house of magic for one night: can you trust your own eyes?

Hear Birmingham-born artist Patrick Hughes reflect on the creation of his trademark ‘reverspective’, get inventive in animation workshops with Sellotape Cinema and watch ‘trick films’ – showcasing early special effects – with new scores performed live by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

–          Drinks & nibbles

Sounds of Nocturnes

Hear an original composition created for Barber Lates

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Barber Home

Our collection, your place

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Students / Adults: LGBTQ+ History Month

February 2020

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Lates – Working Clasp

Thursday 2 April, 6 – 8pm

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