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Working Clasp

Thursday 6 June

Create unique jewellery in a workshop with local maker Working Clasp

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4 - 12 years

Stories from the Opera

Family Day

Sunday 24 March
Join soprano Abigail Kelly and author-illustrator James Mayhew for this dazzling introduction to the extraordinary world of opera

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Learning

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13 - 15 years

Workshops for 13- to 15-year-olds

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16 - 21 years

THE BARBER COLLECTIVE

Interpret, re-imagine and create

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For Adults

HOW TO BOOK

Unless specified otherwise, booking for all our events is essential. Book online or call the University Box Office on 0121 414 4414.

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Research & Resources

COIN STUDY ROOM

The Barber Institute is home to one of the finest collections of Roman, Byzantine, Sasanian and Medieval Islamic coins in the world, numbering more than 15,000 items.

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For Adults

Drawing Saturdays

First Saturday of the Month

Join us on the first Saturday of each month and be inspired to get drawing. 

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4 - 12 years

Creative Sunday Workshops

January - April 2019

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For Adults Research & Resources

Bellows Exhibition Website

Bellows and the Body

The Barber's special microsite to accompany the exhibition Bellows and the Body: The Real, the Ideal and the Nude is still live!

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Research & Resources Schools & Colleges

Teacher Resource Packs

For self guided tours of KS3, KS4 & KS5 groups

Resource packs to teach your school group about Portraits, Landscapes and Still Life. Available now!

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For Adults

Writing Workshops – Spring 2019

Monthly Saturdays

Create prose and poetry based on works in the Barber's collection and exhibitions. For all ages.

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For Adults

ARCHITECTURE, GEOMETRY, FORM & COLOUR

Saturdays 9, 16 & 23 March

Painting course inspired by Tess Jaray's work

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For Adults

Building in the Spotlight

Architecture talk

Learn about the Barber's Architecture

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For Adults UOB

Meet the Sharp Family

An evening of talks

An evening of talks about the painting – and the family featured

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UOB

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

We work with academics, students and professional services teams from across campus to enhance teaching and develop students’ learning

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Schools & Colleges

COLLEGE VISITS

We welcome college students and groups to the Barber all year round to learn about our collections and history.

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Schools & Colleges

SCHOOL VISITS

Learn a new skill for your group with our specially tailored workshops suitable for all ages.

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Research & Resources

BARBER FINE ART LIBRARY

The library is a specialist research level collection of over 50,000 books, exhibition catalogues and sale catalogues on Western art covering most of the major European schools of painting from the early Renaissance to twenty-first century, the history of collecting, and also some Byzantine art.

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For Adults

The Barber: A Potted History

Learn about the Barber - its history, its founders and its architecture

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Research & Resources

THE PRINTS AND DRAWINGS STUDY ROOM

Discover our Prints and Drawings Study Room, which houses our fine collection of prints, drawings and watercolours, comprising more than 1,000 works and six centuries of the draughtsman’s and printmaker’s arts.

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Research & Resources

Arts Award Supporter

Those who are already undertaking Arts Award can meet a range of criteria at the Barber Institute

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