barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


All workshops  (include tour, talk and arts activity) cost £90.

If you require a storyteller please make this clear when booking a session; the storyteller costs an additional £85.

Tour and talk for KS3 upwards; 30mins FREE, talks/discussions lasting 1 hour or more cost £50 per session.

Available Monday – Friday 10.00am – 12noon and 12.30pm-2.30pm.

Recommended maximum group size: 30 (materials provided).


Nursery and Reception:     

Sessions for nursery and reception last up to 90 minutes and can take place in the mornings or afternoons.  We recommend story-telling followed by clay-making. Please click on the headings below to access further information about the kinds of works we look at and questions we ask children:

KS1 and KS2 upwards:     

You can choose from the list of workshops below or contact us to discuss a tailor-made workshop designed to suit your curriculum.  Workshops include a tour and talk, followed by a hands-on arts workshop where students can learn real drawing skills, clay modelling techniques, printing or collage. Please click on the headings below to access further information about the kinds of works we look at and questions we ask children:

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 – KS5 upwards:    

We offer a general introduction to the Barber gallery as well as the topics listed below.  We can also adapt talks and workshops designed for KS1 and KS2 groups to the needs and interests of KS3 – KS5 students.  You can simply book a one hour tour, talk and discussion or an additional arts activity for a two hour session.  We can also offer tailor-made sessions to suit your needs.

  • Global Citizenship and Art
  • What is Art? Theory of Knowledge
  • How to analyse and ‘read’ a painting
  • Science and Art
  • Writing about Art: Poetry, Short Stories and Performance
  • The Art of Confidence: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

We can also discuss new themes which are suitable for your group. Or we can provide you with resources and activities to support a self-guided tour.

We also run independent sessions for young people aged 15-19 outside of school hours – see for more information.

Special Needs:     

Most of our existing workshops and talks can be booked for special needs groups.  We can deliver sessions which include story telling, object handling, clay modelling and collage.

General Information:      

Coaches and minibuses can deposit groups outside the main entrance to the Barber Institute. Parking is then available in the University’s South Car Park on Edgbaston Park Road. The Education Room contains a cloakroom where bags and coats can be left, packed lunches can also be eaten here. Supervision should be one adult to every eight pupils for Keys Stages 1 & 2, and 1 adult to every twelve for Key Stages 3 & 4 upwards.

N.B. Gallery staff cannot be counted as supervisory adults.

General Rules:

Due to the nature of the exhibitions we ask teachers to ensure that pupils do not touch the works of art and keep a reasonable distance at all times. We also ask you to be aware that the galleries are open to the general public, so where possible please ensure that the children know not to run, or be excessively noisy in the public areas.

Gallery Shop:

There is a gift shop at the Barber Institute which pupils are welcome to visit.

Risk Assessment Sheet:

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