Reclaiming the Foxglove

Reclaiming the Foxglove, Cultivating Narratives A joint project between the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and the College of Medical and Dental Sciences (MDS) We welcome students and staff of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences to join the Barber and MDS to explore the forgotten tales and healing of herbalism through a series … Read more

Fabulous Fantasy Storytelling with CYRO

Fabulous Fantasy Storytelling with CYRO Saturday 29 May, 10 – 11am Free; online via Zoom; for families Families are invited to join Cyro from home and hear heart-warming fables for everyone. Inspired by fairytale objects in the Barber’s collection, show up for this playful online celebration of being yourself during Pride month. The Barber team … Read more

Campus of Curiosity: Spring Family Festival

Campus of Curiosity: Spring Family Festival Friday 2 April – Sunday 18 April 2021. Free; online. Join the Barber, the Lapworth Museum of Geology, and Barber Concerts for a free online family festival full of campus curiosities as we celebrate nature and springtime together. Let your imagination soar above the clouds in our poetry workshop with writer Sipho Ndlovu … Read more

Recent acquisitions on show as gallery reopens

NEW faces will greet visitors to the Barber Institute when the galleries reopen later this month, as two recently acquired paintings go on display for the first time. Museums are permitted to open from 17 May under step 3 of the English government’s roadmap out of lockdown, and the Barber’s collection and displays will be … Read more

Tuesday Talks Series Two

Series two Episode 16: 15 December Cosimo Rosselli: the Nativity in Italian Renaissance Painting, with Jennifer Young, Volunteer Gallery Guide. Listen or read the transcript: . Episode 15: 8 December A Venerable Mystery: Strozzi’s Head of an Old Woman, with Becca Randle, Learning and Engagement Coordinator. Listen or read the transcript: . Episode 14: 1 … Read more

Barber Concerts Artistic Programming and Partners

About The Barber Institute is home to Europe’s finest art deco concert hall, and boasts a chamber music and recital series dating back to 1945. The internationally acclaimed Barber Evening Concerts are presented alongside regular free Friday lunchtime concerts. We also present the Barber Opera and a variety of family and learning concerts. We work with … Read more

Virtual Barber Lunchtime Concerts Series

Online concerts We have an exciting selection of bespoke virtual performances coming your way by artists who were due to perform at the Barber Concert Hall in our 2020/21 season. Tune in at the following times and dates below for a selection of performances from the comfort of your own home! The Hermes Experiment, Friday … Read more

UoBe Festival

UoBe Festival 2021 A new festival created with students for students at the University of Birmingham that took place from 25 to 29 January 2021. The Barber’s UoBe Festival events focused on wellbeing, relaxation, and contemplation. Yin Yoga Monday 25 January, 5 – 6.30pm, free Take some time to connect with your breath and body. … Read more

Barber Home: Spring Programme

Barber Home: spring programme All events are free; online via Zoom. Click the event title to find full event information and to book. Here Comes the Sun: an Experimental Dance Workshop with Artist Performer Kaajel Patel Wednesday 24 March, 7 – 8:30pm; for students at the University of Birmingham Booking required; learn more about Here … Read more

Barber Health

Barber Health: Our Collection – Your Wellbeing Major health and art project set for central role at the Barber. The Barber is hosting its own nurse in residence as part of Barber Health, a pioneering scheme placing health and wellbeing at the heart of our engagement work. Using the gallery and its collection to address … Read more

Ikegobo to the Iyoba (Hand Altar to the Queen Mother)

Ikegobo to the Iyoba (Hand Altar to the Queen Mother) Unrecorded Edo Artist from the Royal Artisan Guilds of Benin The Kingdom of Benin, Edo state, (modern day) southern Nigeria, about late 18th/early 19th century Brass 21.3 x 26.7 cm diameter at base Purchased 1948 (No.48.1) This Ikegobo (altarpiece) comes from the Kingdom of Benin, … Read more

Sights of Wonder resources

Exhibition Resources Sights of Wonder is an online exhibition of photographs by Francis Bedford (1815-1894) taken during a royal tour to the Eastern Mediterranean in 1862. Curated by Art History and Curating MA students at the University of Birmingham in collaboration with Royal Collection Trust and the Barber Institute, the exhibition launched on 12 June … Read more

Hidden Histories

Hidden Histories 2018 The Barber’s Learning and Engagement team partnered with Dr Asha Rodgers, University of Birmingham (UoB) lecturer in Contemporary Postcolonial Literature, and artist and writer Dzifa Benson to deliver a two-part event collaborating with UoB students. Students participated in a workshop with Dzifa Benson which explored artworks and objects in the Barber collection … Read more

Reclaiming the Teapot

Objects can provide us with a window into the past. They can tell us stories about individuals, groups, societies and the world. Asking questions about objects can help us to build a picture of the past and consider how that past affects our present and future. Reclaiming the Teapot was a collaborative project between the … Read more

Currents: Empire and Migration

March – June 2019 This project brought together artist Jane Thakoordin, Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) and the Barber Collective to explore an exhibition at Ikon Gallery alongside an object in the Barber’s collection. The project drew points for consideration and inspiration from Hew Locke’s Armada (2019) which was displayed in his 2019 exhibition at Ikon … Read more

Looking again at a Collections highlight

The Marriage Feast at Cana by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo Since March 2020, colleagues in the Learning & Engagement and Curatorial teams have been re-looking at The Marriage Feast at Cana, from about 1672, by the Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. This ongoing collaborative project aims to address the representation, the possible identities and lived experiences, … Read more

Online shop

Find unique gifts, art prints and books inspired by our collection in our online shop… Whether it’s a unique masterpiece for the wall or a mug for a morning coffee, browse the Barber’s shop on Art UK for the best gifts inspired by the incredible collection right here on campus. Visit our Art UK shop … Read more

February half term 2021

Family fun this half-term holiday! Floating Forms: Family Mobile Making Free; Wednesday 17 February, 10 – 11.30am.  What shapes and colours can you see around you? Inspired by joyful and abstract artworks in our collection, join Becca Randle, from the Barber’s Learning team, to explore vibrant colours and exciting shapes before making a joyful mobile to … Read more

Do you see the light?

Barber Home – online workshop series As day by day we welcome back the light, perhaps you’d like to instil positive creative practices into your routine. Join local photographer Kate Green for a series of practical and social workshops, exploring how photography and creativity can help wellbeing. This series will introduce you to the practice … Read more

Art UK

Art UK Explore all our paintings on Art UK, along with pieces of sculpture and works on paper from our collection – as well as those from over 3,200 other museums, galleries and collections. Browse our online shop Buy gifts inspired by our stunning collection from our online shop – browse our made-to-order greetings cards, Turner tea towels, … Read more

Students at the Heart of Barber Health

Student engagement will be central to the Barber Institute’s groundbreaking new Barber Health project, and will range from elective academic placements through to opportunities to help deliver workshops and activities for campus and community. Barber Health starts this spring, thanks to a £40,000 Art Fund grant. Using the gallery and its collection to address the health and … Read more