Barber Home families: an Arty Earthy Easter

An Arty Earthy Easter: Writing Together with Sipho Eric Ndlovu Saturday 10 April, 10 – 11.30am. Free; online via Zoom. Ages 7+ This spring we welcome back spoken word artist and poet, Sipho Eric Ndlovu, for this Arty Earthy Easter online writing workshop designed especially for families. Experience creative writing together and let your imaginations … 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

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

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

Concertina Creepy Crawlies

Barber Home – Concertina Creepy Crawlies Investigate amazing creepy crawlies with artist Ruth Turnbull. Inspired by Wenceslaus Hollar’s 17th century print, learn about insects and create your own folded sketchbooks and paper mobiles. Our Barber Home family resources link to the key stage 1 and 2 curriculum to support you in the kitchen table classroom … Read more

Creepy Crawlies Q&A

Barber Home – creepy crawlies Calling all insect explorers – ever wanted to know more about bugs? Inspired by the amazing specimens in our 394-year-old print by Wenceslaus Hollar, we asked Liam Crowley, an entomologist from the University of Birmingham, to answer all your questions about our creepy crawly friends in a live Q&A session. … Read more

St Ives Scrap Sculptures

Barber Home – family Join artist Benny Semp and become a St Ives sculptor using our downloadable activity pack, inspired by our exhibition Cornwall as Crucible. Learn about the materials and techniques used by artists Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo and turn your household scrap materials into amazing Cornish-inspired sculptures! This family activity pack links … Read more

Degas Dancers with Becca Randall

Barber Home – Degas dancers Explore movement and learn about ballet poses inspired by artist Edgar Degas. Contemporary dancer Becca Randall has produced three video workshops inspired by the Barber’s bronze ballerina sculptures, Dancer Ready to Dance and Grande Arabesque. The whole family can take part – warm up, try the creative dance game, and … Read more

RUBY’S ROOM

Photographic Miniatures by Bettina von Zwehl An intriguing eye miniature in the collection of the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, was the starting point for this series of recent work by renowned contemporary photographer Bettina von Zwehl (b. 1971). While  producing a series of works inspired by historic painted portrait miniatures in the V&A and Bath’s … Read more