THE ARTS SOCIETY - BIRMINGHAM EVENING

 

We start our fourth year with a brand new name - The Arts Society Birmingham Evening - but remain true to our founding aims of offering enjoyable opportunities to discover and support the arts.  We are part of The Arts Society - a network of over 90,000 people worldwide - brought together through a shared curiosity for the arts and our artistic heritage. 

 

Speakers and visitors continue to comment on the warm welcome they receive on arrival at our wonderful venue at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.  One speaker said "it's not many societies that have their own art gallery!"  

 

Many thanks to the staff at the Barber for continuing to collaborate with us to make our lecture evenings such a success.  

We have now embedded the pre-lecture socialising over a glass of white wine with an opportunity to view a new exhibition or item of special interest in the galleries as an added bonus to our main lecture.  

 

 

Our unique Bite Size Brum social programme of short events with informal gatherings at local pubs has proved to be popular - this year sees an expanded programme exploring The City of 1,000 Trades although we have a look at other things too!  Do come along to a Bite Size event - it's an excellent chance to socialise and make new friends.

We have organised successful Out & About day trips, completed our first Heritage Volunteering Project at Winterbourne Gardens and have funded a Family Arts project with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) - an organisation with which we have established a special relationship.  

 

We are proud of what we have achieved in just a short time and look forward to more of the same.  

 

We hope to see you soon at one of our events!

 

Carole Gumbley

Chair

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!

 

ORDER FORMS NOW AVAILABLE FOR

BITE SIZE BRUM CHRISTMAS EVENT ON MONDAY 4 DECEMBER - SEE YOU THERE!

 

 

 

LECTURE PROGRAMME

With a little help from their friends: the Beatles and their artists - Barry Venning

Thursday 19 October 2017

(AGM) evening starts at 6.45 pm

The Barber Institute

University of Birmingham

Birmingham B15 2TS 

 

 

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