Previous exhibitions

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Defining the Edge: Frames and Borders in Prints

Print bay display: 28 July – 1 October 2023
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Nature and Artifice: Dutch and Flemish Landscape Prints

Print bay display: 6 April - 23 July 2023
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The Architecture of Topography: a ‘kind of map-work’?

Print bay display: 23 September 2022 - 26 February 2023
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Living Traditions: A Director’s Acquisitions of Works on Paper

Print bay display: 18 November 2022 - 19 March 2023
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Taking Root: The Sustaining Life of Trees

Print bay display: 17 June - 13 November 2022
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To Have and to Hold: Portrait Miniature Jewellery

Print bay display: 27 May - 18 September 2022
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Beyond Representation

Print bay display: 21 January - 22 May 2022
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Founding the Barber Institute

Print bay display: 11 February - 12 June 2022
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Cats and other Creature Companions

Print bay display: 22 October 2021 – 6 February 2022
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Miss Clara and the Celebrity Beast in Art, 1500 – 1860

Main exhibition: 12 November 2021 to 27 February 2022
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The First Dictators

Coin Gallery Exhibition: 9 July 2021 - 26 June 2022
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Drawn to Antiquity

Print Bay Display: 11 June to 3 October
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The Viewer and the Viewed

Print Bay Display: 2 July to 24 October 2021
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Making a Mark

Main Exhibition: 11 June - 26 September 2021
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Changing Shapes: Metamorphosis in Art

Print bay display: 16 October 2020 to 6 June 2021
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The Art of Devotion: Sacred Illuminations, Prints, and Drawings

Print bay display: 23 October 2020 to 27 June 2021
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A Golden Jubilee: 50 Years of the Barber Coin Collection

Coin Gallery exhibition: 23 September 2020 - 27 June 2021
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CÉZANNE AND THE MODERN FRENCH PRINT

7 February – 18 October 2020 | Green Gallery Print Bay
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MATERNAL BONDS – IMAGES OF MOTHERHOOD

31 January – 11 October 2020 | Beige Gallery Print Bay
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The Printed Word: Image, Text and Meaning

18 October 2019 - 26 January 2020
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The Face of Fashion

7 June - 8 September 2019
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Lady Barber’s Life and Legacy

24 May - 8 September 2019
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Drawing Out the Sound

Representations of Music in Art
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War and Peace

Observations of Conflict and its Aftermath 
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Maman: Vuillard & Madame Vuillard

Vuillard and Madame Vuillard
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The Barber Collective

25 May - 3 June 2018
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Sounding Images

27 April - 17 June 2018
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The Last Roman: Peasant to Emperor

13 April 2018 - 14 April 2019
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KOLLWITZ AND CONTEMPORARIES

22 September 2017 - 14 January 2018
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TALES FROM HISTORY

27 October 2017 - 18 February 2018
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PRIDE AND PERSECUTION

27 October 2017 - 21 January 2018
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SOUNDING IMAGES

28 April to 18 June
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ONLY LIGHT AND SHADOW

23 June to 22 October
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I KNOW BUT I DON’T KNOW

19 May to 17 September
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Tumbleweed: Hannah Honeywill

24 February - 4 June 2017
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Copying the Masters

Print bay display: 20 January - 7 May 2017
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The Pastoral and the Sublime

Print bay display: 16 September 2016 – 8 January 2017
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Buried Treasures

Online Exhibition
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Tales of the City

24 June - 2 October 2016
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All the World’s a Stage

Court, Patrons & Writers in Shakespeare's Circle
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Buried Treasures

Uncovering Hoards
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Chance, Order, Change

Abstract Paintings 1939 - 1989
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Into the Woods

12 February - 12 June 2016
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Prestige & Power

Projecting Identity in 17th-century Portraiture
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Terms of Engagement

Portraits from the University of Birmingham
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The Age of Innocence

18 September 2015 - 10 January 2016
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Flinck in Focus

A Question of Identity in 17th-century Dutch Portraiture
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Love, Life & Landscapes

German Romantic Prints and Drawings from the Barber's Collection
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The Modernist Face

Smith, Dobson and British Portraiture 1920-60
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Gods & Heroes

23 January - 25 May 2015
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Inheriting Rome

Until 24 April 2016
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New Art West Midlands

13 February - 17 May 2015
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‘Degenerate’ Art

German Expressionist Prints from the Barber Collection
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The Naked & The Nude

Works on Paper from the Barber's Collection
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Rebel Visions

The War Art of CRW Nevinson
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Conversations

Portrait Prints from the Barber's Collection
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Lasting Impressions

20th-century Portrait Prints
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NEW ART WEST MIDLANDS

Recent Work by Local Graduates
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FAMILY CIRCLES

British Portrait Miniatures of Children and Families
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RUBY’S ROOM

Photographic Miniatures by Bettina von Zwehl
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FAITH & FORTUNE

Visualising the Divine on Byzantine and Early Islamic Coinage
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MILLET TO MANET

French Prints of the Late 19th Century
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First Impressions

Early Acquisitions of Prints for the Barber Collection
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John Monks

The Process of Painting
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SONIC VISIONS

New Electroacoustic Music Inspired by Art
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FUNCTION 4

Portraiture
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FIRST THOUGHTS

Early Acquisitions of Drawings for the Barber Collection
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DEFINING FACES

20th-century Portrait Drawings
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SACRED AND PROFANE

Treasures of Ancient Egypt
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Going Dutch

Golden Age Treasures from the Holburne and Barber Collections
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FUNCTION II

Re-interpretation, Reconstruction and Re-contextualisation
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‘Of Exceptional and Outstanding Merit’

Treasures from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts
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Birth of a Collection

Masterpieces from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts
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ABOUT FACE

Portrait Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London, Royal Collection Trust and the Courtauld Gallery.
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OBJECTS OF AFFECTION

30 April - 4 July 2010
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PRINT POWER

10 June - 1 August 2010
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A RAGE FOR THE LAKES

Lake District Views from Abbott Hall Art Gallery
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MONET’S VIEW

By Michele White
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NEW ART WEST MIDLANDS

New Work by Recent Local Graduates
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CLOSE TO THE HEART

17th- 19th-century British Miniatures from UK Private Collections
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IN FRONT OF NATURE

The European Landscapes of Thomas Fearnley
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PORTRAIT OF A LADY

The Life and Passions of Lady Barber
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‘THE MOST PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HIS WORK’

Robert Atkinson and the Building of the Barber Institute
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INSPIRED BY LACE

Jacqueline Lawrence
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CITYSCAPES

Panoramic Views on European Coins and Medals
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HORSES!

Equestrian Themes in the Barber's Collection of Works on Paper
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FUNCTION III

The Urban Landscape as Photographic Panorama
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LIVING CITY

Sarah Silverwood
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