Sunday 22 April 2012

Barber Institute

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is a well known art gallery and concert hall situated on the campus of the University of Birmingham. It opened in 1939 and is one of five galleries outside of London to have achieved 5 stars  for its outstanding collection of national significance.

The Barber Institute was set up by Dame Marth Constance in memory of her husband William Henry Barber, an influential property developer and solicitor.

The Institute is renowned for its purchase of high quality artworks. This is due to its founding trust deed stipulating that all purchases should be of the same quality of that which would be acceptable to the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection.

Billed as one of the finest small art galleries in Europe, visitors can see artworks by Monet, Manet, and Magritte; Renoir, Rubens, Rossetti and Rodin; Degas, Delacroix and van Dyck, Turner, Gainsborough, Gauguin, van Gogh, Picasso and Kokoschka.

Situated in a fine Art Deco building, this purpose built gallery was designed by one of Britain's leading architects of the time - Robert Atkinson. In 1981 it acheived Grade II listed building status. The statue of George I at the entrance of the building is the oldest public statue in Birmingham.

In addition to its famous artworks the institute is also home to one of the world's largest coin collections and is a venue for many concerts and a music festival.

Further details can be found on the website at:

University Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TS. Tel: 0121 472 0962

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