Worm: art +ecology

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Barber Home – online workshop Facilitated by Angela Chan (curator, researcher and artist, also Worm: art + ecology), 7 December 2020. Angela Chan of curatorial project Worm Art +ecology investigated climate and environmental issues throughout art history in the Barber’s own collection. Angela hosted a guided workshop on how we might view and discuss painting, … Read more

Barber Home – Recovery

The tops of colourful pencils; they stand in a brown circular container.

Barber Home – online workshop Recovery Galleries are a space where exchange can take place between artists and audiences, space and materials. Earlier this year, our team explored how we might come together safely when Covid-19 enforced physical and mental restrictions on us all. Join us – with our Recovery Art artist facilitator Ruth Turnbull … Read more

Myth Personas: Visual Poems with Holly Hunter

A tumultuous scene- Apollo and Diana attack with bows from the top left; people scrabble to escape in vain.

Barber Home – online workshop Myth Personas: Visual Poems with Holly Hunter Inspired by the ink drawing The Death of the Children of Niobe by Conrad Martin Metz, in our prints and drawings collection, this workshop aims to bring voice to lesser known characters in Greek Mythology through playful interpretation. Artist and writer Holly Hunter will guide … Read more

Writing Together with Sipho Ndlovu

Edward Lear for Families – Writing Together with Sipho Ndlovu Get ready to jumble and tumble over words and create your own family tales, stories and poems. Join spoken word artist and poet, Sipho Ndlovu, for an online Zoom workshop designed especially for families. Be inspired by our 19th-century print ‘Tabuan Parakeet’ and the work … Read more

In The Picture: ‘My View’ Competition Winners

Painting of the front exterior of the artist's home

My View Thank you to everyone who entered our lockdown competition, and we hope you all had fun taking part. The theme was My View to help us think about our surroundings, let our imaginations fly and record our thoughts during the unprecedented period. Your entries didn’t disappoint – and we’re delighted to share some of … Read more

Family Trails

Family Trails Explore our collection through different themes with these fun and friendly family trails. Designed by Birmingham-based illustrator, Maxene Brown, especially for visiting families, these resources are free to print at home in advance of your booked visit or to download to your personal device. Use them to spark your creative ideas and meet … Read more

Changing Shapes: Metamorphosis in Art

More than 250 myths are woven together through themes of psychological and physical transformation – as well as love, pursuit and punishment – to create ‘Metamorphoses’ (8AD) an epic poem by Ovid (43BC – 17AD), who was the leading poet in Rome under the reign of Augustus. Stirring European artists for centuries, these ambitious themes … Read more

The Art of Devotion: Sacred Illuminations, Prints, and Drawings

Throughout the medieval and early modern periods, decoding the mysteries of the Bible and the Gospels was an alluring and profitable enterprise for European artists and patrons. The demand for devotional material required innovation by the artists – to create new and varied art in a changing artistic landscape. According to legend, Luke the Evangelist … Read more