The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is an art gallery and concert hall. It is situated in purpose-built premises on the campus of the University of Birmingham.
The Grade II listed Art Deco building was designed by Robert Atkinson in the 1930s and opened in 1939 by Queen Mary. The first building to be purpose-built for the study of art history in the United Kingdom, it was described by architectural historian Sir John Summerson as representing “better than almost any other building (except, perhaps the RIBA in Portland Place) the spirit of English architecture in the 1930s.”The layout of the museum is centred on a central concert hall which is surrounded by lecture halls, offices and libraries on the ground floor and art galleries on the first floor.
Our tour will last approximately one hour and will comprise of a brief introduction to the Barber and its history before a consideration of key Master works in the collection. The guides will also briefly introduce us to the temporary exhibition which will be Maman: Vuillard and Madame Vuillard. We will then have time to explore independently.
Regarding lunch venues, there are a variety of places on campus for us to choose from, within a 5 minute walk away.
Timings: Leave Leominster 9:00am, Hereford 9:30am, Ross on Wye 10:00am. Depart Birmingham 4:00pm and travel back to Ross 5:30pm, Hereford 6:00pm and then Leominster 6:30pm.
Costs: Travel costs, tour with morning tea/coffee and biscuits £31.00
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