MONET’S VIEW

By Michele White The windswept trees in the foreground of Monet’s painting, The Church at Varengeville, were the inspiration for Michele White’s new work. Hand-crafted in silver, each layer was carefully constructed to represent the church in the background, and trees in the foreground. The glorious autumn colours were created by pausing the process of … Read more

NEW ART WEST MIDLANDS

New Work by Recent Local Graduates New Art West Midlands is a brand-new collaborative venture in partnership with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Grand Union, Birmingham, and funded by the Arts Council for England. From a bicycle wrapped in wool, through poignant photography, to a witty and entertaining animation: the best critically-engaged work by … Read more

CLOSE TO THE HEART

17th- 19th-century British Miniatures from UK Private Collections Small masterpieces of British portraiture from two celebrated UK private collections – including a tiny portrait mounted on a finger-ring, of 18th-century British actor impresario David Garrick – are displayed in this exhibition, some for the first time ever. The exhibits range in date from about 1600 … Read more

IN FRONT OF NATURE

The European Landscapes of Thomas Fearnley The fjords, forests, mountains, torrents and glaciers of Scandinavia and Switzerland, the lakes and picturesque country buildings of Cumbria, and the sun-drenched plains, hillsides, rocks and sea-shores of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean… Landscapes featuring a breathtaking range of Europe’s varied and beautiful scenery feature in this dazzling exhibition- … Read more

PORTRAIT OF A LADY

The life and passions of Lady Barber Who was Lady Martha Constance Hattie Barber? And what inspired her generous bequest to the University of Birmingham? Find out in this exhibition focusing on Lady Barber’s life, that of her husband, Sir Henry, their house at Culham Court and its remarkable gardens and collections. A significant part … Read more

‘THE MOST PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HIS WORK’

Robert Atkinson and the Building of the Barber Institute The Barber Institute is widely regarded as an Art Deco masterpiece. This display explores its gradually evolving concept and actual construction up to its opening in 1939. The story of its architecture – from gradually evolving concept through construction, overseen by the Barber’s first Director, Thomas … Read more

INSPIRED BY LACE

JACQUELINE LAWRENCE Lady Barber’s personal lace collection is the starting point for mixed-media textile artist Jacqueline Lawrence’s series of sensitively observed works. For hundreds of years, lace has provided a decorative aspect to things of practical use. This function- as well as lace’s intricate detail and imaginative design- have fascinated Lawrence, who has also sought … Read more

CITYSCAPES

Panoramic Views on European Coins and Medals London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Barcelona, Venice and Budapest… Explore the historical landscapes of all these cities – and more – in Cityscapes: Panoramic Views on European Coins and Medals at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. The third in a series of prestigious shows organised in collaboration with the British Museum, Cityscapes highlights how, … Read more

HORSES!

Equestrian Themes in the Barber’s Collection of Works on Paper The domesticated horse has enjoyed a special relationship with man for millennia as a crucial partner in warfare, hunting, agriculture, leisure and other major aspects of our existence. This display of prints and drawings from the Barber collection explores our relationship with this animal, prized … Read more

FUNCTION III

The Urban Landscape as Photographic Panorama ‘The Urban Landscape’ is the theme for this year’s project. Now in its third year, the Barber Institute’s photographic competition Function III, in collaboration with Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), showcases the best young, creative talent. The theme also incorporates our exciting new exhibition Cityscapes: Panoramic Views … Read more

LIVING CITY

Sarah Taylor Silverwood The city and its relationship between humans and architecture are the starting point for Sarah Taylor Silverwoods finely detailed drawings and text-based works. Living City refers to the 19th-century idea of the ‘flaneur’ – someone who walks the streets of the city in order to experience it – and the writings of … Read more