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There are currently no vacancies at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.


We welcome applications from GCSE and A-level students who would like to complete an unpaid work experience placement here at the Barber. We offer one placement per year in the Summer term, typically during the first week in July. The placement lasts one week and offers students a range of experiences across our different departments including Learning & Engagement, Communications and Marketing, and Collections.
If you would like to apply for work experience at the Barber, please download, complete and return the below form to Alex Jolly, Learning and Engagement Assistant.

Email or post to The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS

Work Experience Application Form

Applications must be made by the last day of January, the year of the placement. They will be assessed on their merit and the successful applicant will be contacted in February. Only applications made using the Work Experience Application Form will be considered.



Are you looking to develop new skills, gain experience working in the arts, enhance your CV or meet new people? Then why not volunteer at the Barber?

We warmly welcome volunteers throughout the year in the following departments:

-Coin collection:                                                       


-Communications & Marketing:

-Front of House:

-Learning & Engagement:


To find out more please contact the respective department on the email addresses listed above.

To apply please complete the application form and send it to the relevant department:

Volunteer Application Form



The Barber offers six paid part-time internships per year in the following departments: Collections, Learning & Engagement and Communications & Marketing. Internships run for 20 weeks and can start in September or February.

These internships are designed for those actively seeking a career in galleries and museums and applicants must have graduated in the last three years from an undergraduate or post-graduate qualification.

Applications open in late Spring for internships taking place the following academic year.

University of Birmingham graduates are invited to apply through Worklink.

External applicants are invited to apply through the University of Birmingham’s Jobs website:

Once the recruitment process is live, further details about the internships will be posted here.


“The Barber Institute staff created a very welcoming and supportive atmosphere allowing me to stretch my ability and build confidence at the same time, I could not have asked for anything better from this internship!”

“It has been an invaluable experience and having completed it, I now feel confident that I will be able to succeed in pursuing a career working with museum collections.”

2016 interns’ feedback



Do you have an interest in arts, humanities or culture and in working with young people? Interested in working with artworks by internationally renowned artists? We have a new and specific voluntary opportunity for current students running from September 2017 to July 2018.

We are now accepting applications for new ‘Peer Panel Members’ to get involved in our youth arts group; ‘The Barber Collective’. You will have the opportunity to work alongside our Learning & Engagement team, feed into delivery, marketing & research and have mentoring support from The Barber Collective’s Co-ordinator. Minimum involvement one evening a month

For further information, contact Becca Randle, Learning and Engagement Assistant on or 0121 414 2261







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