Visual Arts


Sculpture collection



Bill Douglas Cinema Museum


Bill Douglas Centre for the history of cinema and popular culture


Heritage collections




Visual Arts


The University supports the visual arts, through its extensive fine art collection and through exhibitions and events relating to the visual arts, both on its campuses and collaboratively at the venues of external partner organisations.

The University's sculpture collection at the Streatham Campus is open to all to visit, containing sculptures by artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Peter Thursby, Geoffrey Clark and Elaine M. Goodwin. The University is also developing its sculpture collection at the Cornwall Campus.

The public are also welcomed to the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, a museum containing an enormous collection relating to the history of film and visual media.

The University's Heritage Collections can also be viewed by appointment.  These include a rich variety of archive material including historic prints and maps.


There is a strong student Art Society at the University which has a dedicated art studio and exhibition space.


The University has a small number of exhibition spaces at:

To find out about venues please click on the names above and for exhibitions go to What’s on.


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 Faith and Fortune 

Faith and Fortune

21st May - 25th September 2015 from 9am to 5pm weekdays

Free entry

  Faith and Fortune is the first exhibition in several years that draws exclusively from the in-house collections of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and the University of Birmingham’s Special Collections.   The principal chronological focus of the exhibition spans...

 Wor(l)ds in Collision: Visual Art and Wittgenstein's philosophy 

Wor(l)ds in Collision: Visual Art and Wittgenstein's philosophy

12th June - 15th September 2015 from 9am to 5pm


A public exhibition of visual art and poetry, coinciding with the British Wittgenstein Society's annual conference, which is being held in Exeter 13th-15th June. Featuring a mixture of local and international artists, whose work is influenced by Wittgenstein's...