barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham



Learning & Engagement Manager

We are currently seeking to appoint an experienced, dynamic and highly-motivated Learning and Engagement Manager to join our team and contribute to the next phase of the Barber’s strategic development. Working closely with the Head of Public Engagement, the Learning and Engagement Manager will be responsible for the day to day management and delivery of Learning and Engagement at the Barber, ensuring that the Barber retains and extends its reputation for excellence and innovation in this area.

Closing date: 28 September 2018.

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Visitor Services Manager

We are currently seeking to appoint an experienced, inspirational and highly-motivated Visitor Services Manager to join our team.  This is a new position which will enable the Barber to take its offer to the public to a different level and will contribute to the next phase of the Barber’s strategic development. Working closely with the Head of Public Engagement, the Visitor Services Manager will be responsible for the Front of House team and delivery of an excellent experience for all our visitors and building users, being a highly motivated, visible and enthusiastic lead.   

Closing date: 24 September 2018.

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Collections Technician

We are currently seeking an experienced, highly-motivated Collection Technicians to help with the planning and delivery of exhibitions, collections care and outgoing loans. Working closely with the Exhibition and Loans Manager, the Collections team and other teams at the Barber, the Collections Technician will support the Barber in achieving its mission through contributing to the care and presentation of its collections whether on display in the galleries, in store or on loan, and in the delivery of a year-round high-profile programme of exhibitions and displays. 

Closing date: 13 September 2018.

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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 & 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



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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