barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham




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.

We’re now recruiting for 2018/19’s cohort, and looking for dynamic recent graduates or postgraduates in relevant subjects looking to begin careers in museums, heritage or other areas of the arts.


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. Read more and apply here.

Learning and 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. Read more and apply here.

Communications and 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. Read more and apply here.




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




Do you have an interest in arts, humanities or culture and in working with young people? Interested in working with artworks by internationally renowned artists? We have a new and specific voluntary opportunity for current students running from September 2017 to July 2018.

We are now accepting applications for new ‘Peer Panel Members’ to get involved in our youth arts group; ‘The Barber Collective’. You will have the opportunity to work alongside our Learning & Engagement team, feed into delivery, marketing & research and have mentoring support from The Barber Collective’s Co-ordinator. Minimum involvement one evening a month

For further information, contact Becca Randle, Learning and Engagement Assistant on or 0121 414 2261







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