barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Friends of the Barber Institute

Since the Friends of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts was created, the group has achieved:

  • the acquisition of Rubens’s striking Portrait of a Carmelite Prior
  • a full-colour souvenir guide of the Barber Institute’s magnificent collection
  • a new sound system for the Concert Hall
  • brand new frames for Rosselli’s The Adoration of the Child Jesus and Stom’s Isaac blessing Jacob
  • Art Alive! Saturday afternoon performances in which actors bring back to life such luminaries as van Dyck, Degas, Monet, Vigée-Lebrun, and Rembrandt to discuss their lives and work with children and adults
  • the restoration of Le Sueur’s Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
  • the acquisition of Bonvin’s serene still-life, The Attributes of Painting
  • a fun-filled, educational Family Guide
  • a documentary film of the annual Open Day.

What the Friends get

Friends benefit from:

  • a bi-annual newsletter
  • an annual lecture by a distinguished guest
  • reduced-price Barber Concert tickets
  • private views and special receptions
  • a discount on all Barber publications
  • a Christmas reception
  • overseas study tours, often led by members of the Barber’s academic staff
  • Trips to art galleries, historic houses and temporary exhibitions around the UK
  • discounted prices on all other ticketed events
  • advance notice of events

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Wednesday 19 October 7.30pm

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- Michael Glover, The Independent

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Giovanni Bellini (about 1430 – 1516)

Saint Jerome in the Wilderness


Hippolyte Bellange (1800-1866)

The Entry of Bonaparte into Milan