barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Honest Skincare

Spend a special evening in our galleries with local independent apothecary, Honest Skincare.

Using our collection as a starting point, explore the combined power of artwork and scents, and the feelings that they can inspire.


Thursday 23 May, 6 – 8pm

Making Hand Wash and Balms

Set in the historical and atmospheric setting of the Barber Institute, explore natural and organic ingredients to create scents that illustrate your experience.

Discover narratives and emotions hidden in the artworks, before relaxing into the space to create your own individual hand wash and balms that are inspired by collections and antiquity.

£50; please book here.


Thursday 18 July, 6 – 8pm

Bath Salts and Roller Scents

Set against the distinctive backdrop of the Barber Institute, learn about essential oils and their properties while exploring both relaxing and energising remedies. Discover works of art that explore self-care rituals as well as depictions of natural objects that were believed to have healing properties.

Rest, rebalance and spend time discovering your own unique scent before making and wrapping organic bath salts and roller scents to take home.         

£50; please book here.