barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham




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 week-long placement per year in the summer term, typically during the first week in July. The placement offers students a range of experiences across different departments including Learning and Engagement, Communications and Marketing, and Collections.

Please complete and return the form below – only applications made using the Work Experience Application Form will be considered.

Return the form to or post to: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS

Work Experience Application Form

Applications for summer 2020 closed on Tuesday 31 March.


Are you looking to develop new skills, gain experience working in the arts, enhance your CV or meet new people?

Assist the curators to digitise and archive our collection’s object files, help our Learning and Engagement team run children’s workshops, or create engaging and fun social media posts with our Communications and Marketing team. We super appreciate all our volunteers and everything they bring to the Barber – thank you!

If this sounds like your cup of tea, read about our departments and download an application form below.

* Please note that we are not currently accepting applications during the current situation. *



* Please note that we are not currently accepting applications during the current situation. *

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’s offer for young people ages 16 – 21.

The commitment is flexible, but includes attending one workshop per month (Wednesdays 5 – 7pm).

This voluntary position will give you experience working with a wide range of professional artists and practitioners in dance, jewellery, sound and more, providing 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!

Peer Panel Volunteer Application Form





Sights of Wonder

Digital exhibition - From Friday 12 June 2020

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Sounding Images

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Lates – Feminists Work for Change

Tuesday 10 March, 6 – 8pm

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Lightning Talks

Wednesday 18 March, 2 - 4pm

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