barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


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

December 2018

18 December

Masterpieces of the Nativity

Jennifer Young, Gallery Guide

January 2019

8 January 

The Justinian Codex

Michael Saxby, Gallery Guide

15 January

Animals in Art: Functional Objectives and Narratives

Rosie Watts, Learning and Engagement Intern

22 January

Drawing Out the Sound: Exhibition Introduction

Helen Record, Collections Intern

29 January

The Golden Age of Dutch Art

Barbara Fogarty, Gallery Guide



5 February

Gender and Identity: Renaissance Elbows and the Masquerade

Alex Jolly, Learning Co-Ordinator

12 February

Tragic Love Stories

Jennifer Young, Gallery Guide

19 February

Miss Clara – Her Eventful Life and Momentous Times

Pam Turton, Gallery Guide

26 February

The Benin Bronze: Female Leaders in Edo Culture

Becca Randle, Learning Co-Ordinator



5 March

Introduction to From Outside: New Work by Tess Jaray

Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator

12 March

Tess Jaray’s Drawings (1964-2010)

Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator

19 March

Metal Works: Bronze, Brass and Gold

Jennifer Young, Gallery Guide

26 March

A Question of Attribution

John Southall, Gallery Guide


2 April

Ideas of the Enlightenment

Jill Ambler, Gallery Guide

9 April

The Way of the Cross

Jennifer Young, Gallery Guide

16 April


Marian Edwards, Gallery Guide

23 April

The Dignity of Labour

Pam Turton, Gallery Guide

30 April

Brueghel the Younger and Fetti: Relationships with the Elder Bruegel

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

Meet the Sharp Family

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