*COVID-19 UPDATE - July 2020*




Dear Members,


Our upcoming lectures (listed below) will be made available to attend using Zoom.


Stay posted for further updates and keep an eye out for membership emails with updates and free to view content and lectures.

I hope you are all safe and well.


The Arts Society Birmingham Evening  




10 September - ‘A load of old balls’.  Simon Inglis will talk about the history and design of balls in sport and recreation.


15 October - ‘Turner and Constable - the Great British Paint Off’.  Nicola Moorby will examine the epic rivalry between these two giants of painting.


19 November - ‘The Magic of Pattern’.  David Phillips will look at the ideas behind patterns from those in the Alhambra to those of William Morris.


3 December - ‘Christmas with Giles, Grandma and Family’.  Barry Venning will take a look at Giles’ life and work and in particular his seasonal cartoons.









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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