Birmingham Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society
Birmingham Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Birmingham Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Welcome to the website of the Birmingham Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society in Birmingham (BEDFAS), a Member Society of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). 

Time for socialising before the lecture

BEDFAS has completed its second year’s programme and continues to look forward to a future of increased activities to promote and advance the arts, culture and heritage

Speakers and visitors continue to comment on our wonderful venue at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and the warm welcome they receive on arrival. Many thanks to the staff at the Barber for collaborating with us and making these evenings such a success. We have now embedded the pre lecture socialising over a glass of wine with an opportunity to view a new exhibition or item of special interest in the galleries as a special addition to BEDFAS lecture evenings.

Sophie Wilson at a pre-lecture Barber Highlights talk

Our ‘Bite Size Brum’ programme of short evening and weekend events followed by an informal gathering at a nearby public house has proved to be popular and a unique feature of BEDFAS and is a chance to socialise and make new friends.

During our second year we have organised successful day trips, engaged in our first Heritage Volunteering Project at Winterbourne Garden and have begun discussions with Barber Youth to identify ways of supporting some young people who traditionally don't have the opportunity to be involved in projects in such a prestigious gallery.

We continue to plan an eclectic mix of activities to give members an opportunity to widen their knowledge and interest as well as encouraging a more diverse audience. We continue to seek feedback from members and visitors face to face during events as well as via questionnaires. We value feedback and build it into the planning processes for the continuing development of our society.


I would encourage anyone who has the time and interest to consider joining us either as  a committee member or volunteering to help out at BEDFAS events.


In May 2017 the National NADFAS AGM is being held in Birmingham and provides an opportunity for members to find out more about NADFAS or take part in the many events planned and outlined in the Summer 2016 edition of the NADFAS Review.


We look forward to seeing you soon!


Carole Gumbley  


The Barber Institute of Fine Arts




Two Peasants Binding Faggots


Antwerp about 1620

Oil on wood - 36.2 x 27.3 cm



Peasants binding a bundle of branches for firewood were often painted as one of winter’s labours. The precise subject here is unknown, although it is clearly critical in tone. 


The peasants, with their accomplice in the distance, look around suspiciously – they are possibly stealing the wood.  Other vices are hinted at.  The stout man to the left symbolises gluttony and his gaunt accomplice to the right, with his codpiece and phallic pipe, represents lechery. Pieter Breughel the younger often painted copies and pastiches of his father’s work, though no prototype is known here.


This picture is currently on display at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts.





Textile art and photographs by members of the BEDFAS Heritage Garden Project

21 April - 22 May 2017

Winterbourne House & Garden 

(Entrance fee applies)




Wagons West: Images of the American Frontier

Prof Ian Beckett

Thurs 27 April 2017

6.00 for 7.00pm start at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts





A Level Students' Art Exhibition organised by NADFAS West Midlands to celebrate 2017 National AGM in Birmingham 

Mon 8 May - Sat 27 May 

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery 

4 Brook Street, St Paul's B3 1SA




Meet the Artists - Another View - PRISM Textiles 

Fri 12 May 2017

6.00 - 8.00 pm at 

RBSA Gallery

4 Brook Street, St Paul's B3 1SA



"A Voluptuary under the Horrors of Digestion?" - Prinny and the Excesses of Regency Period Style 

Stephen Richardson 

Thurs 18 May 2017

6.00 for 7.00 pm start at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts




Thurs 25 May 2017

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