barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


These weekly, 30-minute tours and talks – devised to appeal to novice and more knowledgeable visitors alike –  introduce you to individual works, aspects and themes from our collections, and displays and exhibitions.

Upcoming talks


23 April

The Dignity of Labour

Pam Turton, Gallery Guide

30 April ** CANCELLED **

Brueghel the Younger and Fetti: Relationships with the Elder Bruegel

Dr Jamie Edwards, History of Arts Lecturer at the University of Birmingham


7 May

New Acquisition: ‘Greyhound with Puppies’ by Joseph Gott

Nicola Kalinsky, Director

14 May

Exhibition introduction to ‘A Tale of Two Empires: Rome and Persia’

Maria Vrij, Coin Curator

21 May

Product of Society or Producing Society: Art as Sociology

Tara Johnston-Comerford, Learning and Engagement Intern

28 May

The Hostess and Poet

Barbara Fogarty, Gallery Guide


4 June

Lady Barber’s Life and Legacy: A 150th Birthday Tribute

Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator

11 June

New Acquisition: ‘Landscape with Cavalry’ by Saloman van Ruysdael

Robert Wenley, Head of Collections

25 June

Fiction, Faith and Science (The Paper Museum)

MA Art History & Curating students


2 July

The Face of Fashion

Paramjit Sehmi, Collections Intern

9 July

Pious Warriors: Coins of the Byzantine Military Saints

Mike Saxby, Gallery Guide

16 July

A Tale of Two Cities

John Southall, Gallery Guide

23 July

Friends and Foes: Gauguin and Van Gogh

Jill Ambler, Gallery Guide

30 July

Christian Devotion: a Saint, a Monk and a Nun

Jennifer Young, Gallery Guide


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