barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


* Interpret | Re-imagine | Create *

The Barber Collective reinterprets the gallery’s collection, working with contemporary artists, dancers, designers and musicians to create original artwork, exhibitions and content.


As a member of the Collective, you can meet other creative and culturally engaged young people, and learn new interpretive, technical and discursive skills that could contribute to a portfolio and offer an introduction to working in the arts.

Shape the identity of the group over the course of the year to create something truly relevant, contemporary and exciting – and even exhibit your work at the gallery in the spring!

The Collective’s Peer Panel

Current students or recent graduates, Peer Panel volunteers support the program and young people – advocating for the group and its future development.

Peer Panel members are supported by the Barber’s Learning and Engagement team to build their experience in arts education, research, marketing and delivery through regular one-to-one careers sessions and advice.


During the autumn term, the Learning & Engagement team are able to visit schools and colleges to deliver taster workshops/presentations about the Collective.

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Writing Workshops

Monthly Saturdays

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Lates – Yin Yoga

Tuesday 21 January, 5.30 – 7.30pm

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Lates – Feminists Work for Change

Tuesday 10 March, 6 – 8pm

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Lightning Talks

Wednesday 18 March, 2 - 4pm

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