The Barber Institute is a lesser known art gallery in Birmingham but has some great paintings on display.
Located in the Birmingham University grounds this art gallery has an amazing collection of paintings. You will find Van Gough, Turner, Monet, Renoir and Rubens to mention a few.
Coined as one of the finest small art galleries in Europe. The Barber Institute is a must-see for art lovers visiting Birmingham.
As I walked around the gallery I enjoyed the intimate atmosphere. I took time to study the paintings without a crowd gathering around me. The works are thoughtfully presented and laid out. Making the visit flow through styles and ages.
The Barber Institute was founded in 1932 by Lady Barber in memory of her husband (William) Henry Barber. Upon her death four months later, she left the Barber fortune to the Institute. This enabled the building to be designed and built before being officially opened by Queen Mary in 1939.
Today the institute continues the legacy ‘for the Study and encouragement of art and music’.
Current exhibits include ‘The Modernist Face SMITH, DOBSON & BRITISH PORTRAITURE 1920-60’ My favourite painting in this exhibit was a portrait of Roald Dahl by Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith. This exhibit runs until 27th September.
Other exhibits currently on show are FROM ‘RED’ ELLEN TO OSWALD MOSLEY PORTRAITS OF INTER-WAR POLITICIANS BY EDMUND KAPP. and a Roman coin collection ‘Inheriting Rome’.
The Barber Institute is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and at weekends 11am-5pm. Admission is free, however a donation can be made which is suggested at £5.
Find out more the collection and events here: The Barber Institute