barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham



Collections Technician

We are looking to appoint a full-time Collections Technician to play a key rôle in caring for and presenting our collections of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, coins and other works of art – whether in the galleries, in store or on loan. You will also help deliver our year-round programme of exhibitions and displays. Working to the highest professional standards, you’ll move, pack, install and light works of art – ranging from large oil canvases to tiny coins. You’ll mount, glaze and frame objects, be responsible for managing the Barber’s art stores and technical workshops, and monitor and report on environmental conditions. You’ll provide technical support to the wider Barber team, and sometimes act as a courier for the Barber’s own works – in the UK or abroad, when required. 

Closing date: Tuesday 4 December

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Communications & Marketing Assistant

We’re looking to recruit a talented and enthusiastic communications and marketing assistant, passionate about the arts and with some experience in marketing, PR or communications, as well as with demonstrable interest and knowledge of art, galleries and museums, and heritage, who can us spread the word about the Barber to all our audiences and stakeholders across all platforms. You’ll be assisting in the planning, organisation, delivery and evaluation of high-quality campaigns, working across digital and print media, collaborating with the wider team to help realise the Barber’s ambitions and distinctive Audience Development Plan. Well-organised and with excellent attention to accuracy and detail, you’ll be adept at creating content that’s lively and compelling – and communicating it effectively across a variety of platforms.

Closing date: Thursday 20 December

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

Every academic year, we offer two consecutive five-month paid internships in each of three fields: Collections; Communications and Marketing; and Learning and Engagement. They 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.

Recruitment for 2019/20 will open in May 2019.



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

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