barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Become a Patron

When Lady Barber was planning the institute for the University of Birmingham that was to bear her name, she wrote that she wanted to provide an art gallery and concert hall ‘in perpetuity for the study and encouragement of art and music’. Furthermore, its art collection should be of ‘that standard of quality required by the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection’.

Since its foundation in 1932, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts has gone from strength to strength. It has established itself as one of the finest small public art galleries in the United Kingdom — a mini National Gallery for the Heart of England — housing a world-class art collection, and with exhibitions of international importance. It also runs a highly respected programme of concerts and a thriving education programme for all ages — as well, of course, as being one of leading centres for the study of History of Art and Music at undergraduate and postgraduate level. At the Barber Institute, we depend on the generosity of our friends and supporters to continue and develop our work and enhance our facilities. If you care about art, and about the Barber, you can make a real difference to our success by becoming a Patron.

Your patronage will enable you to contribute to the crucial work of the gallery, while opening up unrivalled access to the very heart of the Barber. Membership benefits include the chance to meet experts in the art and museum world, network with like-minded benefactors at prestigious events in Birmingham, London and beyond, and enjoy many other exclusive events.

Perhaps more importantly, your involvement will enable us to realise Lady Barber’s wishes even better. With your help, we will be able to develop and enhance the way we display and present our collections, expand our education and outreach programme, and move forward towards some ambitious major expansion schemes that will benefit art-lovers of all ages for generations to come.

We hope you will join us.

Sir Dominic Cadbury
President, Patrons of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Nicola Kalinsky
Director, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts



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