barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Mission Statement

‘Our mission is to promote the study and encouragement of art and music for the benefit of the University of Birmingham and the wider public.’

‘Five-year vision’ themes

A Learning Institute
We should promote research, lecturing, teaching, publication and the mounting of scholarly exhibitions and musical performance at the highest level, thus seeking to reach and inspire audiences within the University and the wider public.

A Caring, Conserving Institute
We seek to protect, conserve and safely display our internationally renowned collections while also preserving our famous building and continuing to expand and develop the collections, filling relevant gaps.

An Accessible Institute
By continuing to raise our profile at all levels, displaying and interpreting our collections for the appreciation of as wide an audience as possible, and by providing relevant activities programmed throughout the year, we seek to create an enjoyable, educational experience for all visitors, actual and virtual.

A User-friendly Institute
We put our University audience, visitors and supporters at the heart of our vision and aim to provide them with not only an educational and enjoyable experience, but with improved facilities at all levels to meet their growing expectations.

A Partnership Institute
We will nurture our established partnerships with the University – especially the departments of History of Art and Music, the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies; with patrons and the Friends of the Barber Institute; with regional schools and colleges; and with regional and national galleries and funding bodies. We seek to maintain and develop these partnerships at regional, national and international level.

A Forward-looking Institute
As we work towards our 80th anniversary in 2012 we will plan for the future needs of the Barber and its audiences, embracing new technologies, keeping up to date with developments in the galleries, museums and heritage sector, and considering the opportunities for optimising the use of space within the building.

Nicola Kalinsky, Director

Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674)

The Vision of Saint Juliana of Mont Cornillon