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Learning Resources for Schools

Discover our collection through our school resources.

The Barber's Learning and Engagement team have designed these bespoke resources which offer opportunities to discover more about artworks in our collection through object-based learning and creative responses.  They also support and encourage you to forge connections to a range of different curriculum areas.

In these resources you will:

  • Meet an object in our art collection
  • Learn about how it was made, its history, and its wider context in the world
  • Discover curriculum links and ideas for creative responses
Barber Schools Resource

Ikegobo to the Iyoba

Find out more about how, why and where this Edo artefact was made. Explore how it came to be in Birmingham today, colonial histories and discuss a contemporary artist’s response.

This resource contains age-appropriate discussion and images of the historical invasion and looting in Benin City, Nigeria.


Primrose Hill - Winter, Frank Auerbach

Learn more about the British German artist Frank Auerbach. Discover more about his lived experience, his impasto painting process and how his identity shaped his practice.

Experiment with how you might create your own landscapes.