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Book a School Visit

School teachers - visit the Barber to inspire, create and activate a world of learning. Our internationally significant collections and temporary exhibitions offer opportunities for a range of visits to meet your student’s needs and support your teaching.

We currently welcome schools, colleges and home education groups, focusing on Key Stage 3-5 learning. Please note, all educational visits to our galleries must be booked in advance, using the form below. All visits, tours and workshops are free, for a maximum of 30 students.

Explore the types of visits below to find a learning experience to suit you.

Please Note:  All Barber galleries are closed until 22 June 2024 for the first phase of a building improvement project.

Self-Guided Visit


Freely explore our galleries to suit your learning aims and objectives. Self-guided visits can be booked during our regular opening hours and must be booked in advance. Use our supporting learning resources before, during and after your visit.

Guided Tour | Artist Enquiry


Discover our collection. Step into the shoes of the artist! This tour will encourage students to consider why and how artists practice (studio or otherwise!) has developed through art history. Gain insights into materials and techniques, while reflecting on how you like to make your own artwork.

1 hour

Perfect for those studying art at GCSE or A-Level

Guided Tour | Art Encounters


Discover our collection. Through three Barber artworks, explore how methods, styles and contexts of art have changed over time. Delve into our rich collection of 13th to 20th century work and take a journey through art history with us. This introductory tour will invite students to look deeper and investigate a range of art theories and practices.

1 hour

Perfect for any KS3-5

Guided Tour | Claudette Johnson: Darker Than Blue


Join us in celebrating the work of Claudette Johnson in our freshly refurbished Lady Barber gallery. This tour will introduce you to the Turner prize-shortlisted artists’ works which depict the Black figure. Through drawing and painting Johnson explores how the figure occupies space and creates work that is bold yet sensitive. Experience how these works are paired with an immersive soundscape by Trevor Mathison.

1 hour

Perfect for any KS3-5

Creative Workshop | Collage


What is the “Gender Gap?” Celebrate the stories of women artists in the collection and think about who you are and where you stand in terms of gender equality. Explore, discuss and respond to ideas and thoughts through the medium of collage. Learn how to use image, pattern and text to create a narrative collage.

2 hours

Perfect for any KS3-5

Creative Workshop | Drawing/Portraiture


Discover the infinite possibilities of drawing! Learn how artists used portraiture to explore the concept of identity. Experiment with a range of drawing materials and techniques to create portraits and develop the connection of hand, eye and mind.

2 hours

Perfect for any KS3-5

Visiting the Barber | Enquiry Form

School Booking Form 2024

If you have access requirements please read our Access webpage and FAQs for more information, and get in touch at should you want to discuss further. 

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