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The Barber concert Hall

In 1924, Henry Barber received a baronetcy for 'Political Services to Birmingham'. He died three years later. Lady Barber decided to make a permanent contribution to the city in his memory. On 13 December 1932, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts was founded, and was bequeathed to the University 'for the study and encouragement of art and music'. Lady Barber died four months later leaving all of her assets to the trustees of the Institute. This money was used to acquire works of art for a collection and fund the construction of a new building. In order to ensure that only artworks of the highest quality were bought for the Barber Institute, its founding trust deed stipulated that all purchases should be 'of that standard of quality as required by the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection'.

The founding director (from 1935 to 1952) was Thomas Bodkin, who acquired the nucleus of the collection described by The Observer as "the last great art collection of the twentieth century". Bodkin's successor was Professor Ellis Waterhouse who served from 1952 to 1970. The current director of the Barber is Nicola Kalinsky, previously deputy director and chief curator of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. She joined the Barber in the midst of its 80th anniversary programme as it planned for a major redevelopment of its building.

 


 

 

The Barber concert Hall

In 1924, Henry Barber received a baronetcy for 'Political Services to Birmingham'. He died three years later. Lady Barber decided to make a permanent contribution to the city in his memory. On 13 December 1932, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts was founded, and was bequeathed to the University 'for the study and encouragement of art and music'. Lady Barber died four months later leaving all of her assets to the trustees of the Institute. This money was used to acquire works of art for a collection and fund the construction of a new building. In order to ensure that only artworks of the highest quality were bought for the Barber Institute, its founding trust deed stipulated that all purchases should be 'of that standard of quality as required by the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection'.

The founding director (from 1935 to 1952) was Thomas Bodkin, who acquired the nucleus of the collection described by The Observer as "the last great art collection of the twentieth century". Bodkin's successor was Professor Ellis Waterhouse who served from 1952 to 1970. The current director of the Barber is Nicola Kalinsky, previously deputy director and chief curator of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. She joined the Barber in the midst of its 80th anniversary programme as it planned for a major redevelopment of its building.

 


 

 

comments (15)

Such beautiful light, Bill! Great shot!
Bill Phillips: It is a lovely hall and even empty has a good atmosphere
J'imagine la salle remplie de spectateurs.
Bill Phillips: Enjoying one of the many concerts. I really must go and enjoy one myself
I like what's left to the imagination here, Bill, in honor of the arts!
Bill Phillips: A wonderful gift and the gallery houses a fine and varied collection
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Jun 2019, 06:46
Lucky them for having such a place,,
Bill Phillips: The gift of this to the University was a great gesture
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 12 Jun 2019, 06:58
This looks a lovely venue Bill. I like anywhere with wood and marble so, remember that when you win the lottery and buy me a house.
Bill Phillips: Noted. There could be a long wait
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Jun 2019, 07:32
I like this point of view a lot, Bill. Wonderful light and this is not a view we often get...
Bill Phillips: It is a fine hall Astrid and I had it all to myself!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Jun 2019, 08:08
It looks to be in fabulous condition. Do you know the sort of typical show that they put on?
Bill Phillips: Mainly classical concerts I think. they also have lunch time recitals.https://duckduckgo.com/?q=the+barber+concert+schedule&t=osx&ia=web
I like the way the seating is curved rather than in straight parallel lines, an early try at the 'theatre in the round' concept I guess.
Bill Phillips: I don't know Brian but it is certainly very attractive
Lots of nice soft seats.
Bill Phillips: Watch and listen in comfort
Just missing a band.
Bill Phillips: I would like to go to a concert here
I would love to attend a concert in this Hall, Bill. You've made it look so inviting.
Bill Phillips: So would I Beverly. It isn't far from us really so one day I will make the effort!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 12 Jun 2019, 20:07
a nice clean shot of this auditorium

enjoyed reading the background too
Bill Phillips: It was a generous bequest!
This oozes quality workmanship......a great shot Bill! smile
Bill Phillips: It does...the wood just glows!
i love your framing of this theater Bill... warm colours...
that was quite the contribution by Lady Barber....petersmile
A beautiful and inviting composition, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thanks very much Graeme

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