barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Writing Workshops

Develop your writing, explore new approaches or just have a go at our monthly writing workshops, inspired by the Barber’s collection.


Thursday 15 March 2018

Arts and Science Festival Special


10am – 1pm

Join us as we bring artforms together… explore movement and action in the Barber galleries through both drawing and writing in this cross-disciplinary workshop.  Work with visual artist Tom Jones and writer Jacqui Rowe to create your own original piece, combining images and text.  

Open to writers and artists of all levels of experience and ability.



Saturday 21 April 2018


In response to the Scottish Colourists exhibition, we’ll look at subtle and innovative ways of bringing colour into our writing.

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Saturday 12 May 2018

Campus Walkabout

Our annual al fresco workshop offers a chance to explore the University of Birmingham campus and to come back to the Barber with plenty of ideas to write about.

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Saturday 9 June 2018


Inspired by George Bellows’ Men of the Docks and other works in the galleries, we will be using cities, real and imaginary, as a setting for writing.

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Saturday 14 July 2018


Close observation plays an important part in The Hand of the Artist exhibition. In this workshop we will look at ways of including well-observed detail in our writing.

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Saturday 15 September 2018


For Birmingham Heritage Week, in this workshop we will found out about some of the people, such as Lady Barber and Thomas Bodkin, who were involved in the early days of the Barber, and use them to write our own stories and monologues.

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Sculptures for the Modern World: Naum Gabo

Evening Lecture

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