Art in Plants and Plants in Art

  • Winterbourne House & Garden |
  • Visit |
  • Tuesday, 1 May 2012 - 10:30 until 16:00

Celebrate May Day 2012 with the Warwickshire branch of the Art Fund.

Upon arrival at Winterbourne House there will be tea and coffee before a talk and guided tour of the gardens. There will be time for lunch, not included in the ticket followed by a tour of the house.

Restored to its Edwardian Arts and Craft splendour, Winterbourne House is a unique heritage attraction – set within seven acres of beautiful botanic gardens. Only minutes from Birmingham city centre, Winterbourne is a hidden gem – home to beautiful antiques and over 6,000 plant species from around the world. Wander along the woodland walk, stroll through the hazelnut tunnel, cross the 1930’s Japanese Bridge or simply soak up the tranquility of this perfectly English Edwardian home.

The group will then move on to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts for a talk and guided tour of the collection followed by tea and biscuits at 3.30pm.

The Barber Institute contains one of the finest small collections of European art in the UK. The works have been purchased to fit Lady Barber’s criteria that everything should be of ‘that standard of quality required by the National Gallery or Wallace Collection’. Careful consideration has also been given to making sure that the works provide a comprehensive coverage of the great national schools and the different genres and styles. The outcome is a collection which includes prime examples of the work of many of the greatest artists including Botticelli, Giovanni Bellini, Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin, Claude, Gainsborough, Turner, Ingres, Manet, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Magritte. The balance of the collection shifted in 1967 with the acquisition of two exceptional collections, numbering 15,000 Roman, Byzantine, Sasanian, and medieval Islamic coins.

Venue details

Winterbourne House & Garden
University of Birmingham, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham Warwickshire B15 2RT