Dear Members,


Well, we said we were monitoring the Coronavirus situation on a daily basis and it is becoming increasingly clear that despite Government recommendations not to ban public gatherings just yet, many organisations, societies, theatres and sporting associations are doing just that.  Following notification from Arts Society HQ who are cancelling or postponing all events at a national and regional level, today we have decided to follow suit and cancel all events from 16th March to 30th April in the first instance, with the possibility of further cancellations.  


For the Evening Society this means the following events are cancelled:


1.  Thursday 19th March 2020 Lecture at the Barber on Joachim Sorolla by Jacqueline Cockburn

2.  Thursday 23rd April 2020 Lecture at the Barber on The Corkscrew by John Ericsson

3. Wednesday 8th April Bite Size Visit to The Silver Factory


For the Day Society this means that the following events are cancelled:


1.  Wednesday 18th March 2020 Briefing session at 10.00 a.m. for our Romanian trip.  Brenda Hyde will be keeping all booked members up to date with the latest travel news

2.  Wednesday 18th March 2020 Lecture at CBSO Centre on Gemstones, Crystals and a Bushel of Pearls with Anne Haworth

3.  Wednesday 1st April 2020 Visit to Upton House, Banbury

4.  Wednesday 15th April 2020 Lecture at CBSO Centre on Georgian Obsessions with Claire Walsh


I do hope we will be able to resume our wonderful Arts Society activities sooner rather than later.  In the meantime, it's time to hunker down with a pile of books or attend to all those household chores that have been waiting for attention.....the time has come!


Warmest wishes


The Arts Society Birmingham Evening  

The Arts Society Birmingham Day






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 students! There is free parking after 4.30 pm.



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 Heritage Volunteering group has completed a gardening project at Winterbourne House reinstating the herb wheel and is in the process of working on a Blue Plaque Trail.  TASBE has supported Young Arts via a grant to our partner organisation - The Royal Birmingham Society of Arts (RBSA).


Out and About with TASBE - day trips have included a trip to Southwell Minster accompanied by a former chorister and Tynesfield House with the consultant architect on its renovation.  



Why not become a member?


Our society is operated entirely by volunteers. We are dependent on peoples’ skills such as digital media, 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 


June 2018



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.

What's New!




Bite Size Brum Programme for 2019/2020


Birmingham Lock-up Visit

Tuesday 10 March 2020


The Silver Factory


Wednesday 8 April 2020


St Mary's Convent, Handsworth Second Visit


Wednesday 27 May 2020


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