barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

our mission

our mission derives from the far-sighted vision of our founder, lady barber, who established the barber institute of fine arts ‘for the study and encouragement of art and music’. the jewel in the cultural crown of the university of birmingham, the barber uses its world-class collections to create inspirational opportunities for learning and enjoyment for students, staff and the wider public.

nicola kalinsky, director

philippe de champaigne (1602-1674)

the vision of saint juliana of mont cornillon

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