barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham



Explore current vacancies, paid internships, volunteer, and work experience opportunities at the Barber, on campus at the University of Birmingham.



12-month Fixed Term Contract

Barber Health is the Barber’s flagship engagement programme which places arts, health and wellbeing at the heart of the Barber’s audience engagement, learning and outreach. As communities and the healthcare sector process lockdown and living with Covid-19, we asked how can the Barber best support them in their Covid-19 recovery? Barber Health directly addresses societal issues foregrounded by Covid-19. The project consists of two strands that holistically work together- a creative arts, health and wellbeing programme for hyperlocal communities which runs alongside innovative cultural contributions to medical education.

The new role of Barber Health Coordinator is key to successfully delivering this project. Working closely with the Barber Health team, including our new Nurse in Residence, and key community partners the Coordinator will contribute to the design of creative, innovative and deliverable Barber Health activities, events and resources that utilise and share the Barber’s collection effectively. The post holder will also be responsible for the administration, logistical planning and communication of Barber Health to ensure successful project delivery.

The role of Barber Health Coordinator sits within the Learning and Engagement team which is part of the Barber’s Public Engagement team. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

Apply by: Sunday 7 February

For further details and to apply please visit the University of Birmingham job vacancies page.



Looking to make your first step into an arts career?

At the Barber, we offer six unique paid internships across three departments: Collections, Learning and Engagement, and Communications and Marketing.

These internships run for 19 weeks, usually three days per week. Students who have graduated within the last three years are eligible to apply.

We have recruited our 2020-21 interns; please check this page in spring 2021 if you would like to apply in our next round.



Our work experience programme has been temporarily suspended due to the impact of Covid-19.

This will be reviewed in 2021 – please check for updates on our Barber Schools page.



Due to the impact of Covid-19 we have temporarily suspended our volunteering programme.

To protect the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff we are not currently recruiting any new volunteers.

We will review this in 2021 so please check back then for updates.



After changes we’ve had to make to our programme due to the impact of Covid-19, our Barber Collective youth programme will not run for the foreseeable future.

We hope to continue to bring you safe ways to learn and engage with our collection. Thank you for understanding and find our current work on our Learning page.


If you have any questions, please contact

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