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Tuesday Talks Series One

Series one


Enjoy an in-depth insight into the Barber’s stunning collection through this brand-new programme of mini podcasts.

Each week, staff recorded short ten-minute talks about a variety of topics relating to the Barber’s collections. Discussions include past and present displays, small groups of related works, an aspect of the member of staff’s own research, or single masterpieces and recent acquisitions.

The guitar music has been composed and performed by Jack Davies specifically for these mini podcasts.

These talks began as part of our initiative to bring the Barber’s collection into your home virtually, while the gallery’s doors are closed to visitors in line with government advice during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 We hope you enjoy them.


28 July: ‘Reclining Nymph’: Androgynous Figures in Renaissance Art, with Kirsty Clarke, Student Engagement Coordinator


21 July: Jean Gossart (Jan Gossaert): Mythology and the Renaissance nude, with Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator


14 July: Naming the Nude with Becca Randle, Learning and Engagement Coordinator


7 July: Finding David: the Identity of the ‘Portrait of a Boy’ by Govert Flinck with Robert Wenley, Deputy Director and Head of Collections


30 June: Monet and Painting ‘en plein air’ with Beth Brankowski, Learning and Engagement Administrator.


23 June: Turner at the Barber Institute: Sun, Sea and Ships with Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator.


16 June: Saint James the Great and the World of Pilgrimage, Real and Imagined with April Armstrong-Bascombe, Collections Intern.


9 June: ‘Cézanne and the Modern French Print’ with Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator.


26 May: Working Women: Attitudes to Female in Labour in 19th-century Art with Mimi Buchanan, Learning and Engagement Intern.


19 May: Maternal Bonds: Adriaen van Ostade’s ‘The Child and The Doll’ and John Sloan’s ‘The Women’s Page’ with Beth Brankowski, Learning and Engagement Administrator and curator of the display.


12 May: Rossetti and ‘The Blue Bower’: Pre-Raphaelite Symbolism and Ideals of Beauty with a Single Female Muse with Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator.


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