From the Director

Welcome to summer at the Barber!

We are looking forward to a wonderful summer 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 leafy 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, including two fascinating temporary exhibitions: Making a Mark, which features exquisite drawings from the Royal Collection; and The First Dictators, a timely examination of politics and propaganda. We’ve our usual changing displays of prints and drawings too – currently The Viewer and the Viewed, with lush landscapes to enjoy, and Drawn to Antiquity, featuring possibly the best seasonal sandals ever worn by a Roman soldier.

To ensure that everyone stays safe and feels comfortable, we are still limiting numbers to the galleries, so entry is by timed tickets. Book your free ticket here. We will gradually increase capacity based on staff and visitor feedback over the summer. Our team will be wearing face-coverings out of consideration for others, and we are strongly urging our visitors 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

Monday 19 July 2021


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