barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Inspire your students. Expand their horizons. Explore new ideas. Share groundbreaking masterpieces and find out about game-changing artists as your students experience art history up close and personal.

Students from all subjects can explore the cross-disciplinary links that exist across our collection from art, history and languages to science and maths. 

To make a booking or enquiry, please fill out our College Visit Enquiry Form 2019-20 and email to



A member of the team can meet and greet your group and provide a short introduction to the Barber for free. Please book at least four weeks in advance.


Find out more about the Barber and our collection in these introductory tours. Talks can be tailored to fit your project themes or area of focus to inspire and support your students. One hour tours cost £60 and can accommodate up to 25 students. Please book at least six weeks in advance.


Why not combine your gallery tour with a practical art workshop? Workshops can be designed to respond to your project themes and areas of focus and can explore skills such as drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Half day gallery visit and workshops cost £150 and can accommodate up to 20 students. Please book at least six weeks in advance.


We can offer careers insight talks and workshops. Get in touch with Alex Jolly, Learning and Engagement Co-ordinator, to discuss your requirements on 0121 414 2261 or


FE groups are welcome to make a self-guided visit. Please help us to prepare for your visit and avoid overcrowding by booking at least four weeks in advance.


When visiting the gallery we kindly ask groups to observe our gallery rules, click here.


You can download our risk assessment here.

We also run an independent project for 16-21 year olds outside of school hours: Barber Collective



The Collection

Here you can view highlights from the Barber Institute's collection of paintings.

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