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 Beatles and their Artists, Scottish Colourists and the Art & Architecture of Travel. Titles in our 2018-2019 lecture series can be found under the LECTURE tab.
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 highlight different local trades and industries are arranged, such as the Jewellery Quarter, the Canal Network, the Locksmith's House concluding at pubs with a unique history and architecture eg Bartons Arms, The Queen's Arms and the Rose Villa Tavern.
Our society is operated 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
Nestor Cambier (1879 – 1957), Portrait of Lady Barber by a Leopard-skin Rug, about 1923.
Oil on canvas, 168x132cm
.©The Henry Barber Trust, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.