Portrait of a Lady: The Life and Passions of Lady Barber
14 December 2012 – 24 February 2013
Free to all
Founded in December 1932 'for the study and encouragement of art and music,' the Barber Institute is now 80 years old and is planning a year of anniversary exhibitions
Also included will be some outstanding but rarely seen textiles from Culham Court, and some of the finest pieces from Lady Barber’s fascinating collection of lace. These works of art will be complemented by archive photos and documents that will provide insights into the lives and interests of the Barbers.
A final section will explore their connections with the University of Birmingham, culminating in Lady Barber’s historic gift.
Further exhibitions in the celebrations include Inspired by Lace – works by Jacqueline Lawrence inspired by the collection – and The Most Perfect Example of his Work, which explores the conception of the building by its first director, Thomas Bodkin, and the architect Robert Atkinson.