Sumptuous portrait is autumn visitor to the Barber

This striking painting by one of the 18th century’s leading portraitists, Allan Ramsay, is a new face greeting visitors to the Barber this autumn. Ramsay’s portrait of Rosamund Sargent, painted in 1749, is on loan from Bath’s Holburne Museum, and is exchange partner for the Barber’s iconic The Blue Bower by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The Ramsay … Read more

Concert Programmes

Concert Programmes Due to the University’s policy on paper handouts and in order to minimise infection risk, we are unable to distribute any printed programmes as usual. Instead, the programmes will be available here for you to peruse and print your own copy. We will endeavour to make these available one week before the event. … Read more

Raising Icarus

Barber Opera 28-30 April 2022 Raising Icarus Michael Zev Gordon composer Stephen Plaice librettist Orpha Phelan director Natalie Murray Beale conductor Mads Boyd designer Matt Haskins lighting designer Birmingham Contemporary Music Group RAISING ICARUS is a new chamber opera which breaks open the ancient myth to reveal its contemporary, psychological heart – how parental expectation and aspiration risk doing harm to … Read more

Visiting the Barber

Self-guided visits Visiting the unique Barber galleries to see artworks and objects in person can be an inspiring, stimulating and memorable experience. Currently, we are welcoming self-guided visits to our galleries for groups of secondary-school age, KS3 and above. These visits include a welcome introduction from a member of the Barber team. Self-guided visits are … Read more

Meet the artwork

Online Sessions During the Covid-19 lockdowns, we delivered our Barber Schools pilot project. During this pilot, we designed and delivered live online workshops to support at-home learners. These workshops are now available as part of our 2021-22 Barber Schools offer. Allowing us to bring our collection to you, join us for a live online session … Read more

Resources for Teachers

Online Resources You and your pupils can discover our collection through our online Barber Schools resources, which can be used with both Primary and Secondary school pupils (KS1-5). The Barber’s Learning and Engagement team have designed these bespoke resources which offer opportunities to discover more about artworks in our collection through object-based learning and creative … Read more

Barber Evening Concert Series

Evening concerts We are pleased to be able to welcome you back to Barber Evening Concerts albeit after a much longer postponement than we initially expected. We have decided to present a slightly reduced series this autumn whilst we all ease back into public events. But although fewer events, the artists are still the same … Read more

Barber Lunchtime Concert Series

Lunchtime concerts We are very excited to be able to welcome you back to Barber Lunchtime Concerts albeit after a much longer postponement than we initially expected. There are some changes however. Due to a change in ventilation requirements for public venues, the University is required to install a new ventilation system in order for … Read more

Birmingham International Piano Festival

Birmingham International Piano Festival 26 October – 12 November Following a two year break, Birmingham International Piano Festival returns to the Elgar Concert Hall with a selection of free lunchtime concerts, a lecture-recital, ‘Groove into the Woods’ family performance, and a sublime evening recital from Alexandra Dariescu. Groove into the Woods, Tuesday 26 October, 11am … Read more