Collections Intern, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Collections Intern – 55338

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Application deadline: 3rd June 2016

Job Purpose

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts was founded in 1932 for ‘the study and encouragement of art and music’. It is recognised internationally as one of the finest small art galleries in the world and houses an outstanding collection of Old Master and modern paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture, and a small Concert Hall. It has a regular programme of temporary exhibitions and events, including lectures, workshops and study days. Music activities, including concerts and recitals, are organised by the Department of Music.

Our small but busy Collections team is responsible for managing the Barber Institute’s world-class collections and for organising loan exhibitions and in-focus displays. In 2015/16, these include an exhibition focussed on a painting in the collection by Govaert Flinck, an exhibition of post war paintings from a private collection, and a loan exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The Collections Intern will work under the close supervision of the Head of Collections and Learning and/or the Collections Assistant on the research and documentation of the collection and the maintenance of collection management systems. The intern will also plan and organise a small prints and drawings display and work with the Exhibitions Officer on the organisation of loan exhibitions, in-focus displays and high profile individual loans.

Person Specification

  • Undergraduate degree in History of Art or Museums/Heritage Studies or similar finished within the last three years.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of, and interest in, art history
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office packages (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrable interest in, and enthusiasm for, museums and galleries practice
  • Demonstrable interest in collections and exhibitions management
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to generate and realise imaginative ideas
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends
  • Experience of curatorial or registrarial work in an art gallery or museum

Additional Information

Upon completion of the internship, the Collections Intern will be presented with a certificate recording their achievements.

Please note salary will be pro rata of the full time equivalent.

For an informal chat about the post of Collections Intern, please contact Robert Wenley, Deputy Director and Head of Collections and Learning, on 0121 414 3371.

For further information about the Barber Institute, please visit

For more details and to apply, click here.


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