Social Prescribing

A research project As part of the Barber Health project, research is taking place into the social prescribing landscape in Birmingham. Is there a place for the Barber here – and if there is, what does it look like, can we fill the gap, and how can we make it sustainable? Any updates on this … Read more

Community Outreach

Community Outreach A new project for the Barber Art helps us connect with other people and make sense of our experiences. It can inspire and delight us and spark our curiosity. Working in partnership with trained artist facilitators, residents and staff we will design resources and workshops that consider personal responses to specific artworks and … Read more

Our Nurse in Residence

Meet Jane Nicol The project’s inaugural Nurse in Residence is Jane Nicol, Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham’s School of Nursing and a registered nurse who has specialised in palliative and end of life care.  Jane will be looking at the Barber’s collection through her unique lens and developing ways of using the Barber’s … Read more

About Barber Health

Barber Health asks: how can we can best support recovery? Thanks to a major grant of £40,000 from the Art Fund’s Respond & Reimagine scheme, the Barber is delivering our health and wellbeing initiative throughout 2021. The project builds on our previous experience of working in this area, but takes it to new levels and … Read more

Tuesday Talks Series Four

Series four Episode 6: 27 July The First Dictators: Politics, Propaganda and the Collapse of the Roman Republic, with Maria Vrij, Coin Curator Listen below or read the transcript to view clearer images. Find out more about The First Dictators, open until 10 July 2022. . Episode 5: 13 July The Viewer and the Viewed, … Read more

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

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

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

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

Drawing in the Dark

Barber Home – online workshop As we draw closer to the shortest day of the year, find comfort in the dark and harness its power as a tool for contemplation. Close your eyes, take a breath and join artist and Student Engagement Coordinator Kirsty Clarke for a relaxing and introspective drawing workshop, asking how we … Read more

Worm: art +ecology

Worm Art + Ecology logo

Barber Home – online workshop Facilitated by Angela Chan (curator, researcher and artist, also Worm: art + ecology), 7 December 2020. Angela Chan of curatorial project Worm Art +ecology investigated climate and environmental issues throughout art history in the Barber’s own collection. Angela hosted a guided workshop on how we might view and discuss painting, … Read more

Barber Home – Recovery

The tops of colourful pencils; they stand in a brown circular container.

Barber Home – online workshop Recovery Galleries are a space where exchange can take place between artists and audiences, space and materials. Earlier this year, our team explored how we might come together safely when Covid-19 enforced physical and mental restrictions on us all. Join us – with our Recovery Art artist facilitator Ruth Turnbull … Read more

Myth Personas: Visual Poems with Holly Hunter

A tumultuous scene- Apollo and Diana attack with bows from the top left; people scrabble to escape in vain.

Barber Home – online workshop Myth Personas: Visual Poems with Holly Hunter Inspired by the ink drawing The Death of the Children of Niobe by Conrad Martin Metz, in our prints and drawings collection, this workshop aims to bring voice to lesser known characters in Greek Mythology through playful interpretation. Artist and writer Holly Hunter will guide … Read more

Writing Together with Sipho Ndlovu

Edward Lear for Families – Writing Together with Sipho Ndlovu Get ready to jumble and tumble over words and create your own family tales, stories and poems. Join spoken word artist and poet, Sipho Ndlovu, for an online Zoom workshop designed especially for families. Be inspired by our 19th-century print ‘Tabuan Parakeet’ and the work … Read more

Family Trails

Family Trails Explore our collection through different themes with these fun and friendly family trails. Designed by Birmingham-based illustrator, Maxene Brown, especially for visiting families, these resources are free to print at home in advance of your booked visit or to download to your personal device. Use them to spark your creative ideas and meet … Read more

Welcome Week

Welcome Week 2020 We’re looking forward to welcoming new and returning students to the University of Birmingham. Tuesday 22 September, 2 until 3.30pm; free via Zoom: The Expanded Portrait: Online Poetry Writing Workshop with poet Jasmine Gardosi. Join the Barber and local spoken-word artist and poet Jasmine Gardosi for an experimental and collaborative poetry writing workshop! Meet other like-minded students in this relaxed session … Read more

Tuesday Talks Series One

Series one Enjoy an in-depth insight into the Barber’s stunning collection through this brand-new programme of mini podcasts. Each week, staff recorded short ten-minute talks about a variety of topics relating to the Barber’s collections. Discussions include past and present displays, small groups of related works, an aspect of the member of staff’s own research, … Read more

Mengxia Liu – Illustrated Zoom Background

Barber Home – Illustrated Zoom Background We’re looking forward to welcoming new and returning UoB students this September! To celebrate, we’ve invited Mengxia Liu, a Birmingham-based artist, to create an illustration that captures the life and energy of the Barber and its beautiful original 1930s Art Deco foyer. Mengxia was inspired by contemporary movement duo, … Read more

Barber Schools

Barber Schools Our Learning and Engagement programme invites people of all ages and levels of interest to engage with our collection, offering unique arts experiences that champion our galleries as a space of learning and discovery for children and young people. Due to the ongoing pandemic, on-site school visits, tours and workshops are currently paused … Read more

Still Life Drawing

Barber Home – family Our homes have given us so much in the past few months, and we’re sure you’ve spent a lot of time looking at the objects that live in your space! How would you make an artwork about them? Create your own still life with artist Benny Semp using our downloadable art … Read more

Women in Hospitality Birmingham

Barber Home – online resource Inspired by Hendrik Goudt’s beautiful etching The Mocking of Ceres (1610), Chloë Qureshi, founder of Women in Hospitality Birmingham, has written a series of delicious, mouth-watering recipes. Chloë celebrates the Goddess Ceres and the four seasons through the mystical elder tree, with its fresh, zesty flowers of spring to the … Read more

The queer gaze: emotion and erasure

Barber Home – online talk What is queer historical erasure? Arts Educator Jon Sleigh reveals powerful queer coded messages, alongside sitters’ known histories, in this emotive journey through two of our 18th-century portraits. Portrait of Countess Golovina (about 1797/1800) by Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and A Portrait of Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci ( about 1773) by Thomas Gainsborough are two … Read more

The Barber Collective

Barber Home – digital showcase Celebrate the Barber Collective and its collaborators! Find out more about the Barber’s youth programme for 16 – 21 year olds and what they’ve been discovering, thinking about and creating. We showcase two projects with artists Navi Kaur and Hipkiss & Graney which explore far-reaching themes including colonialism, reclaiming histories, … Read more

Create a Camera Obscura

Barber Home – make a camera obscura Did you know you can turn a whole room into a camera obscura? Explore our online exhibition Sights of Wonder by learning more about the Victorian photography of Francis Bedford. Bedford was the first photographer to ever accompany a royal tour. He photographed temples, pyramids, and people along … Read more