THE BARBER ASSOCIATION
The Barber Association is a jazzy new organization just for you students!
Lady Barber stipulated that the Barber Institute of Fine Arts should be an arts centre for use ‘…by the University, in perpetuity, for the study and encouragement of art and music’.
With this in mind, the Barber Association is a membership society which encourages students to help shape a more effective, dynamic and creative arts centre for the university, whilst themselves enjoying a number of exclusive benefits.
Whether it’s music, art, museums or meeting other students that you’re interested in, our wide-ranging programme offers something for everyone.
• Socials throughout the year
• Behind-the-scenes sneak-peeks
• Practical art workshops
• Visits to campus collections and regional museums
• Having your say about Barber exhibitions and events
• Regular exclusive art and music offers
…..and much much more! You can also find us on Facebook
Annual membership is FREE for all first year undergraduate and postgraduate History of Art and Music students at the University of Birmingham, and just £10 for everyone else. Sign up at the Barber Institute reception or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some highlights of upcoming Barber Association events:
SONIC VISIONS: CREATING MUSIC INSPIRED BY ART
SATURDAY 2 & SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER (2-DAY COURSE)
10.30AM – 5PM
This is a unique opportunity to work with the three skilled composers responsible for the commissioned pieces of music in the Barber’s Sonic Visions exhibition. All three are members of the world-leading Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre collective (BEAST).
Firstly, you will be guided on how to take inspiration from a masterpiece in the collection (choose from a pair of Renaissance panel paintings, an exquisite Dutch still life, or a mesmerizing 19th century landscape). Then, through the development of sound materials, you will produce unique pieces of music using the world-class facilities in the new Bramall Music Building at the University of Birmingham. Get a taster into sound recording, editing, transformation, assembly and performance.
No experience necessary. Refreshments provided. Light lunches can be purchased at the Barber Institute. There are 4 free places on this course, worth £12.50, up for grabs for to Barber Association members. Places are offered on a first come, first served so to secure your place, please email email@example.com.
Q&A WITH JOHN MONKS, ARTIST
THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER,
John Monks is one of Britain’s leading and most successful contemporary painters, collected by, among others, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood (who owns two of his works). John Monks: Painting In Layers – an exhibition of John’s recent large canvases (interiors) opens at the Barber on Friday 15 – and the day before, the artist will be at the gallery seeing them installed. The Barber Association has secured an exclusive opportunity for members to meet John Monks at a special Q&A session, when they will be able to ask the artist about his work and his career, his inspirations and influences and the contemporary art scene. This event will only be open to Barber Association members (obviously this includes all First Year History of Art and Music students, as well as new Masters and PhD students, who are automatically members).
Free, but booking essential. E-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
ART HISTORY CAREERS TALK
WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER
2 – 4PM
Fancy a career in the arts but not sure where to start? All current History of Art students are invited to join us at the Barber Institute for a series of talks from UoB alumni including Edwina Mileham (Wallace Collection) and Katie Hall (BMAG). Barber staff will also be on hand to talk about internships, CVs, volunteering…and there will be the chance to chat and network over tea an biscuits. This event will give you all the hints and tips you need to ensure you stand out from the crowd. Please book your place by emailing Tara Mann (email@example.com)
At 4pm there will be a talk by UoB alumnus Matt Carey-Williams (JH English and History of Art) who is now director of the White Cube Gallery in London. Matt’s talk is open to anyone across the University. Venue: Barber Lecture Theatre
WEDNESDAY 11 DECEMBER
5 – 9PM
Galleries Night returns this festive season! Join the twice yearly ArtBus for an evening out at Birmingham’s top galleries! Enjoy the delights of the collections and exhibitions at five of Birmingham’s top galleries – the Barber, Ikon, mac birmingham, RBSA and Eastside Projects- with the free Art Bus between venues, a glass of wine and mine pie, and guided tours available at each!
Keep a look-out on the Golovine for more Barber Association events coming up later in the year, including our Christmas social!