From the Director

Welcome to Winter at the Barber!

We are looking forward to a wonderful winter of art at the Barber! The galleries are open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm.

If you are a first-time visitor, I know you will be impressed by our beautiful Grade 1 listed building in its campus setting. Once inside, you’ll enjoy our elegant galleries, world-class art and the very warm welcome offered by our front-of-house team. If you are returning, perhaps after many months of absence, I can happily reassure you that all the qualities that make the Barber so special remain unchanged. We’ve new things for you to see too, including temporary exhibitions. Miss Clara and the Celebrity Beast in Art  tells the extraordinary story of a female rhinoceros who inspired all manner of representations, from paintings to clocks, ceramics to statues, while The First Dictators is a timely examination of politics and propaganda seen through the medium of coinage. We’ve our usual changing displays of prints and drawings too – currently Cats and other Creature Companions, which features domestic creatures, in contrast to the wild beasts roaming through our Clara show, and Packing a Punch, which focuses on British caricature, satire and humour. We’ve also got some splendid visiting masterpieces, including a classic scene of mares and foals by George Stubbs lent by Tate Britain and an exquisite portrait by Allan Ramsay from Bath’s Holburne Museum.

To ensure that everyone stays safe and feels comfortable, and to avoid crowding, we are still limiting numbers to the galleries, so entry is by timed tickets. Book your free ticket here. From Friday 10 December face coverings are compulsory in indoor museums; our team will be wearing face-coverings and we require all our visitors, unless exempt, to do the same.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you back to the Barber. And, if the time is not quite right for you, or if you have got to know us from afar as a digital visitor, we’ve still got lots of online content for you to enjoy.

Best wishes and see you soon!

Nicola Kalinsky

Thursday 8 December 2021


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