barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham



All forthcoming Tuesday Talks from and including 17 March have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

We’re really sorry for any disappointment and hope to return to our usual activities soon – keep checking our COVID-19 webpage for further updates.


Based on a different theme each week, these half-hour tours and talks introduce you to individual works and wider themes in our collections, displays and exhibitions – devised to appeal to beginners and more knowledgeable visitors alike.


January – April 2020


14 January

St James Alabaster, Coronation of the Virgin

Robert Wenley, Head of Collections


21 January

Religion, Nature and the Uncanny: Exploring the Sublime

Charlotte Freyne, Learning and Engagement Intern


28 January

Alexander the Great – Both Sides of the Coin

Mike Saxby, Gallery Guide


4 February

‘Maternal Bonds – Images of Motherhood’ – Display Introduction

Beth Brankowski, Collections Intern


11 February

Queering the Collection in LGBTQ+ History Month

Dr Elliot Evans, Lecturer in Modern Languages, University of Birmingham


18 February

Queering the Collection in LGBTQ+ History Month

Jon Sleigh, Freelance Arts Educator, Learning Officer and Learning Curator


25 February 

‘Cornwall as Crucible’ – Exhibition Introduction

Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator


3 March

‘Cézanne and the Modern French Print’ – Display Introduction

Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator


10 March

Miss Bentham: Naming the Nude

Becca Randle, Learning and Engagement Coordinator


17 March – cancelled

The Labours of Hercules

Barbara Foggarty, Gallery Guide


24 March – cancelled

A Glass of Absinthe with Gauguin, Lautrec and Van Gogh

Jim Murray, Gallery Guide


31 March – cancelled

A Trip to the Normandy Coast

Pam Turton, Gallery Guide


7 April  – cancelled

Home and Away: French Painting in the 17th century

John Southall, Gallery Guide


14 April – cancelled

The Crucifixion in Renaissance Art

Jennifer Young, Gallery Guide


21 April – cancelled

World Mother Earth Day: Exploring Aphrodite

Jill Ambler, Gallery Guide


28 April – cancelled

Venetian Artists

Barbara Foggarty, Gallery Guide

Students / Adults: LGBTQ+ History Month

February 2020

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Events for Members

Spring 2020

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Spring 2020

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Barber Association: Previous Events

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