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Welcome Week

Join us for two artist-led workshops during Welcome Week 2020.

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Mengxia Liu – Illustrated Zoom Background

An illustration that captures the life and energy of the Barber's beautiful original 1930s Art Deco foyer.

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Overhear with Jacqui Rowe

Read and listen to original poems inspired by our collection

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Jon Sleigh – the queer gaze: emotion and erasure

What is queer historical erasure?

Thursday 6 August, 6 - 7pm | live talk and Q&A via Zoom.

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Sounding Images

A selection of the Barber’s most iconic paintings – as you’ve never heard them before

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Our collection, your place

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TUESDAY TALKS

Enjoy our second series of mini podcasts

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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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Tuesday Talks Series One

Enjoy our first-ever programme of mini podcasts

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Still Life – Benny Semp

Learn about the hidden significance of the objects found within still lifes - then make your own!

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Women in Hospitality Birmingham

Celebrate the Goddess Ceres and the four seasons with this series of delicious, mouth-watering recipes.

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The Barber Collective

Barber Collective: digital showcase

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Create a Camera Obscura – Jo Gane

Create your own camera obscura at home!

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Infinite Opera

Infinite Opera reflect on their Barber Lates performance.

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Concertina Creepy Crawlies with Ruth Turnbull

Learn about insects and create your own folded sketchbooks and mobiles!

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Laura Onions – ‘Interior of an Inn’

Laura explores the domestic landscape of her own home, inspired by Daubigny's use of light and shadow.

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The Slip-Casting Process with Wendy Tournay

Watch the meditative slip-casting process used to create a teapot.

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Creepy Crawlies Q&A

Entomologist Liam Crowley shares all you need to know about insects!

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CineQ Watch Party (4 June)

Use the power of art, film and community to build collective love in defiance of fear and ignorance.

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St Ives Scrap Sculptures

Turn your household scrap materials into amazing Cornwall-inspired sculptures!

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Photography Workshop with Kate Green (18 June)

Led by Birmingham photographer Kate Green, this workshop explored photography techniques and wellbeing.

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Zine-making with Sarah Taylor Silverwood

We’re thinking about families… and families come in all shapes and sizes!

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Embrace the Strange with LYNNEBEC

Explore ideas of change, randomness and growth with LYNNEBEC.

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Degas Dancers with Becca Randall

Explore movement and ballet poses inspired by Edgar Degas with contemporary dancer Becca Randall.

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Sounds of Nocturnes

Hear an original composition created for Barber Lates

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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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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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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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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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Barber Schools

Welcome to Barber Schools

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Arts Award Supporter

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

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