barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Birmingham Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society’s (BEDFAS) meets at the Barber monthly for a late gallery viewing, refreshments, and lectures on a diverse range of subjects.



The Cradle of Impressionism

Thursday 16 February

The lives and early works of Monet, Renoir, Pisarro. Sisley and Morisot will be explored in this lively and entertaining new lecture by Carole Petipher.

Millie Miglia: Cars and Culture

Thursday 16 March

In 1955 Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson won the 1000 mile open-road endurance race round Italy with a staggering average speed of 98.53 mph.  Libby Horner’s multi-media lecture mixes sports cars and history with art and architecture.

Wagons West: Images of the American Frontier

Thursday 27 April

Discover the New World’s western frontier with Prof Ian Beckett who explores its early visions, the explorations and pioneering (from Lewis and Clark to the ‘49’ers), its staggering natural splendours and the ‘Wild West’.


Doors open at 6pm for gallery viewing and refreshments. Lectures commence at 7pm.