THE ARTS SOCIETY - BIRMINGHAM EVENING

 

Our Society embraces the arts in all its various forms e.g. painting, pottery, architecture and music. The Society has a Lecture Programme, Bite Size activities, Heritage Volunteering and visits to places of special interest.

 

Lectures are given by speakers who are experts in their field and who have been accredited by The Arts Society.

 Previous lectures include, Leonardo da Vinci, Tracey Emin, Art in Prisons, Art Deco Architecture, Inn Signs, Cars and Culture, French Impressionists.

 

 The lectures take place on Thursdays at 7 pm in the Barber Institute of Fine Art at the University of Birmingham which is renowned as one of the best University Art Galleries in the world.  The Barber Institute can also display objects from its collection which reflect the theme of a particular lecture.

Members and visitors receive a glass of wine and soft drinks before lectures.  We particularly welcome those who are working and bona fide students.  There is free parking after 4.30pm.

 

The Bite Size programme showcases the specific skills and industrial heritage in Birmingham and surrounding area. Guided talks throughout the year to particular trades and industries are arranged, such as the Jewellery Quarter, the Canal Network, pubs with a unique history and architecture e.g. Bartons Arms.

Our Heritage Volunteering embraces the support of Young Arts and the disadvantaged. We are also in partnership with the Royal Birmingham Society of Arts (RBSA).

Our members completed a gardening project at Winterbourne House with the establishment of a herb wheel and an exhibition of artwork to accompany it.

 

Our visits to places of interest by coach are frequently accompanied and guided by people with expert knowledge. e.g. Southwell Minster (a former chorister), Tyntesfield (consultant architect on renovation).

 

Why not become a member. You are assured of a warm welcome.

 

Our society operates entirely by volunteers. We are dependent on peoples’ skills. In particular IT/ Computing, media promotion and sponsorship, secretarial, finance and accounting. If you would like to help in any way we would welcome your assistance.

 

John H. Smith 

Chairman

October 2017

Email chairman@tasbe.org

ABOUT OUR MAIN IMAGE

 

SYMPHONY IN WHITE, NO.III

LONDON, ABOUT 1865-7

OIL ON CANVAS

51.4 X 76.9 CM

 

Whistler inscribed a musical title on this canvas to describe a painting of two young women dressed in white.

The artist chose the term ‘Symphony’ to emphasise to visitors to the Royal Academy’s exhibition in 1867 that it was purely a study in colour.  Whistler felt that Victorian artists were distracted by a love of narrative from their proper artistic concern with form and colour.  Details such as the flowers were therefore added only for their decorative qualities.  However, because the models are identifiable – the artist’s mistress Joanna Hiffernan is to the left – other elements arguably do intrude.

Purchased 1939 (No.39.24)                                                                                  (c) The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

What's New!

BITE SIZE BRUM

Topsy Turvey (1999) at The Electric Cinema 

Wed 17 January 2018

 

BITE SIZE BRUM

Japanning - a talk by Yvonne Jones at The Wellington pub

Tues 6 February 2018 

 

Order forms available on the Bite Size Brum pages

 

LECTURE PROGRAMME

The Scottish Colourists

Alice Foster 

The Barber Institute

Thurs 22 February 2018

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