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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts University of Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TS General Enquiries – 0121 414 7333 Website – Admission to Galleries and ALL Exhibitions is free Opening Hours Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm; Saturday/Sunday: 11am – 5pm (Closed 1 January & 18 April) How to Find us The Barber Institute is located in south-west Birmingham, approximately three miles from the city centre, at the East Gate of the University of Birmingham, off Edgbaston Park Road.

Hold your fun-filled birthday party at the Barber! Explore the stories behind our paintings and sculptures with our storyteller. You’ll meet some heroes and villains, and get the chance to dress up, before making your very own work of art to take home with you! £12 per child Minimum 10 children, maximum 15 children Age 6 years upwards No party is complete without some party food! Our treasure chest lunch boxes are packed with yummy food and cost £5.95 each Include a party bag stuffed with Barber goodies for £2

By Train Local trains, operated by London Midland, run regularly from Birmingham New Street to University station, a 15-minute walk from the Barber. Check train times and buy tickets at By Bus There are frequent buses that stop at various locations at the edge of the university campus. Buses 885 and 886 from the city centre stop by King Edward’s School by the Barber on Edgbaston Park Road, and buses 61 and 63 stop on the Bristol Road at its junction with Edgbaston Park Road. For all services and a current timetable visit west-midlands By Car The university’s South Car Park (off Edgbaston Park Road) is a short walk away. Charges apply Monday – Friday; 9.30am – 4.30pm.

FREE parking is available on campus around the Barber outside these times and all day on bank holidays. Parties subject to availability and require booking well in advance To discuss your party with our team, please contact 0121 414 2261 or

For maps and more information about how to travel to the Barber visit: ACCESS/FACILITIES Level access is available if you cannot manage the stairs at the main entrance, but please phone in advance to make arrangements. Gallery shop, light refreshments, WC, lift and baby-changing facilities are available. Breast-feeding is welcome throughout the building.


There is always plenty for you and your family to do at the Barber, with something on offer for people of all ages. We welcome families to play and learn together in our creative art and craft workshops inspired by our fascinating collection and exhibitions.



CHINESE NEW YEAR FAMILY DAY SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY 11AM – 3PM Celebrate the Year of the Horse with us! Enjoy live music and dance performances, Chinese folk stories in the galleries – and have a go at constructing origami horses! Go to our website for more information and timings. FREE – drop in any time!

Discover the dragons in the drawings and sculptures around the gallery. Design your own dastardly dragon on day one, then bring it to life in sculpture on day two! £15 per child. Booking essential.

For further information on any of our events, visit To book workshops or parties, please contact

0121 4I4 226I or Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. All events and activities are suitable for all ages, unless specified otherwise.

Family Sundays 11AM – 12.30PM (AGES 4 – 8 YRS); 1.30PM – 3PM (AGES 8 UPWARDS) £5 PER CHILD. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. PLEASE BOOK BETWEEN 9AM AND 4PM MONDAY – FRIDAY. No bookings can be taken at weekends.

For more information about workshops, visit For weekly updates, ‘Like’ us on Facebook - Families First at the Barber Institute

JANUARY Sunday 12 Sunday 19 Sunday 26

Drawing Sunday Printing Sunday Painting Sunday

Landscapes: Drawing outside from inside Scratch into acetate – ink and print! Paint real-life people with costumes and props

FEBRUARY Sunday 9 Sunday 16 Sunday 23

Drawing Sunday Sculpture Sunday Drawing Sunday

Illustrated scrolls inspired by our Faith and Fortune exhibition Marvellous Mosaics Fabulous Flip Books

MARCH Sunday 2 Sunday 9 Sunday 16 Sunday 23

Craft Sunday Sculpture Sunday Craft Sunday Painting Sunday

Mixed media collage and stitch inspired by New Art West Midlands Mechanical Moving Sculptures Colourful Paolozzi Collages Painting Poetry: celebrate World Poetry Day

APRIL Sunday 6 Sunday 13 Sunday 27

Sculpture Sunday Drawing Sunday Drawing Sunday

Make sculptures that make sound! Making maps inspired by our Faith and Fortune exhibition. Drawing eyes inspired by our exhibition of miniatures

BARBER YOUTH Aged 13 – 18 and into art? Join Barber Youth! Learn new skills in drawing, painting, printing and sculpture! Visit museums and art galleries, meet artists and learn about careers in the arts! Tuesdays, 4.30-6.30pm 14 & 28 January 11 & 25 February 11 & 25 March 8 & 29 April £5 per session. Booking essential.

Barber Families First January - April 2014  
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