barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham



If you would like to support the Barber Institute’s work in enabling young people enter a career in galleries and museums, please consider becoming a Benefactor.

Every year, the Barber runs internships in the Collections and Exhibitions, Learning and Access, and Marketing departments, providing valuable professional experience in a highly competitive area of work. Internships are open to graduates of the University of Birmingham, who have recently completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, and last between 20 and 26 weeks. The funding of these schemes – to provide the interns with an honorarium to contribute towards their living costs and also to pay for an approved training course or seminar – is always a challenge for the Barber Institute to source. Currently the scheme is funded on an annual application basis to bodies such as the Friends and the Patrons of the Barber Institute and NADFAS, while the Marketing internship receives an a modest annual income from an endowment grant.

We aim to make the funding of our internships more secure by encouraging supporters of the Barber to become Benefactors, contributing just £200 a year to support internships and other initiatives aimed at helping young people gain employment in the museums and galleries sector.

In return for this subscription – which will, in most cases, be worth even more to the scheme through Gift Aid – Benefactors will receive the Interns’ newsletter once a year, as well as the biannual In the Picture Patrons’ newsletter. They will also receive invitations to the annual Interns’ Presentation and Private View, the Patrons’ Drinks Receptions and to other selected Patrons’ events.

It is also possible for Benefactors to spread their subscription over 12 monthly donations of £16.67 by setting up a Direct Debit payment.

If you are interested in becoming a Barber Benefactor, you can do so by sending a cheque made payable to ‘University of Birmingham’ to Andrew Davies at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TS.

If you would like a Direct Debit form, or you would like to discuss the scheme further, please contact Andrew on 0121 414 2946 or

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Lamp in the form of a grotesque bird