barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Here at the Barber we love school visits, so why not get in touch and plan yours?

To make a booking or enquiry, please fill out our School Visit Enquiry Form 2020 and email to


We offer:

  • A pick & mix menu of workshops
  • Tailor-made workshops
  • Facilitated gallery time
  • Practical workshops
  • Storytelling and costumed interpretation
  • Cross-curricular workshops
  • Combined visits with other venues on campus
  • Bespoke offers for all key stages and learning needs
  • Support with Arts Award from fully trained staff


Plan your visit with the Learning & Engagement Team:

  • Find out about our school visits programme
  • Have a chat about what you want to do
  • Come along to the Barber for a pre-visit
  • Plan ahead to get the best value for your time and money


For all workshops, please book at least 6 weeks in advance. However, we recommend that you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.



Sessions for nursery and reception last 90 minutes and cost £100. Sessions include facilitated gallery time with interpretative, interactive storytelling, followed by an art workshop in our art room. Please click on the links below for further information about the sessions:

  • Animal Stories
  • Funny Faces



You can choose from the list of workshops below, or contact us to discuss a tailor-made workshop to meet your curriculum requirements. Workshops include facilitated, interactive gallery time where pupils can learn to interrogate works in the collection, develop questioning skills and engage in active discussion, forming their own opinions. This is followed by an art workshop in our art room, responding to the themes they have explored in the gallery. Workshops include drawing, printmaking and sculpture.

Workshops are 2 hours and cost £130. This includes a facilitated gallery session, an art workshop and all materials.

The maximum group size is 30 pupils.

School visits are available on Tuesdays-Fridays at the following times:

10am – 12noon


Examples of themes for tailor-made workshops we have provided include:

  • Hybrid forms
  • Myths and Legends
  • Architecture and Buildings
  • Vessels and Containers
  • Christmas/Celebration
  • Sessions linked specifically to our temporary exhibitions

KS3 – KS4

We offer 1 hour interactive talks for KS3 upwards. These encourage your students to interrogate the works, employ critical thinking skills and generate and share opinions. Talks can be introductory or tailored to suit your specific theme or area of interest. Cost- £60

You can follow this with a practical art making workshop in response to the themes your students have explored in the galleries.   Add a one hour practical workshop for an additional £70, which includes materials. Longer workshops can be arranged- get in touch for a chat.


Click here to see our college visits page for KS5 and beyond


We also run independent projects for young people outside of school hours. Click links below to find out more:

Ages 13 – 15: Barber Art School 

Ages 16 – 21: Barber Collective 



We can design workshops and programmes of activity for home school groups. Get in touch with Becca Randle, Learning & Engagement Assistant to find out more and discuss your requirements: or 0121 414 2261

“We weren’t really sure what to expect but this really exceeded our expectations. Everything was really well suited to the age group and the children have been talking about it a lot at home. They have got a lot out of it.”

Home school visit, 2017



All of our gallery sessions and workshops can be booked for special needs groups. Our experienced and knowledgeable team can tailor sessions to meet the identified needs of your group so please get in touch to discuss further or let us know of any specific requirements at the point of booking.



Coaches and minibuses can drop groups outside the main entrance to the Barber Institute. Parking is then available in the University’s entrance to the North Car Park on Pritchatts Road.

Coats and bags can be stored safely on our cloakroom trolley throughout your visit.

We have no dedicated lunch space- but a member of the team will be happy to assist and provide advice and alternative options.

There is a gift shop at the Barber- pupils are welcome to visit this at the end of their visit.

Adult to pupil ratios: KS1 and 2: one adult to every eight pupils; KS3 upwards: one adult to every twelve students. Gallery staff cannot be counted as supervisory adults.



When visiting the gallery we kindly ask groups to observe our gallery rules, click here. 



You can download our risk assessment here.





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