barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham






The Barber is looking for friendly, customer-focused people to join our team of Casual Visitor Assistants.

You must have experience in delivering excellent, friendly customer service to a range of visitors, have an interest in arts, culture or heritage and be flexible in your approach to work.

If you think you have what it takes to deliver a warm welcome to all our visitors and building users, we encourage you to apply.

Download the information pack and application form below:

The final date for applications is 28 June 2019.




The Barber offers unrivalled opportunities for training in three fascinating areas of gallery work.

Every academic year, we offer two consecutive (September – January and February – June), part-time, paid internships in each of three fields: Collections; Communications and Marketing; and Learning and Engagement. These 19-week posts offer a great first step into careers in museums and the arts generally, and many of our alumni have found them useful stepping stones into jobs with some of the most famous galleries, museums and collections in the UK, including the National Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Turner Contemporary and the British Museum – to name but four.


This is an exciting opportunity to work with our small but dynamic collections team and help look after one of the best fine art collections of its size in Europe.You’ll also get the rare chance to research and curate your own display of works from the collection, as well as deliver a public gallery talk or two about it.

Learning & Engagement

Be part of a team that devises and delivers a compelling, enjoyable and educational programme of engagement events and activities, helping bring our collections, exhibitions, building and history to life. You’ll be helping engage and inspire all ages of visitors  – from pre-schoolers through university students to lifelong learners – and helping them enjoy and learn more about art.

Communications & Marketing

Help spread the word about our collection, exhibitions and activities in a fast-paced communications environment. You’ll take part in everything from social media to audience evaluation, press work to back-of-house admin, staffing private views to updating our website, and helping us reach all our audiences – current and future.


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 and Engagement, Communications and Marketing, and Collections.
If you would like to apply for work experience at the Barber, please download, complete and return the form below to Alex Jolly, Learning and Engagement Assistant.

E-mail 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:


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



Are you a student or recent graduate with an interest in arts, education, culture or heritage?

The Barber Collective’s Peer Panel support the research, planning, marketing and delivery of the Barber Institute’s new offer for young people ages 16 – 21.

The commitment is flexible around you, but includes attending one workshop per month (Wednesdays 5 – 7pm). It can also include research and marketing support built around your interests and career ambitions!

This voluntary position will give you experience working with a wide range of professional artists and practitioners in dance, jewellery, sound and more! This voluntary position will provide you an insight into how to support young people in interpreting and reimagining collections. One to one support with the learning team is available for you to tailor your time with us to get the most out of it for where you’re heading!

Each round of peer panel members stay with us for an academic year running from September 2018 – June 2019.

If you would like to discuss the peer panel or Barber Collective please get in touch with Becca Randle on 0121 414 2261 or

Applications Close 1 September

Peer Panel Volunteer Application Form






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