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Vacancies for Paid Positions

There are currently no vacancies for paid employment.

Opportunities and Vacancies for Unpaid Volunteer Positions

1) Attend a FREE poetry workshop on Monday 18 September, 2-4pm

Join published poet Mandy Ross for a poetry workshop at the RBSA Metropolis exhibition, sponsored by Maguire Jackson. The city has inspired art, poetry and stories for thousands of years. For this session, we will be taking the paintings and sculptures featured in Metropolis as the inspiration for our own poetry. There will be a live poetry reading too!

This is a class suitable for adults of all abilities, and students of creative writing.

To book your free place, e-mail by Saturday 16 Saturday 5 August.

2) Speak at RBSA Symposium funded by Paul Mellon Centre

The RBSA Gallery will be holding a symposium on Sunday 12 November 2017 from 9.30am until 1.30pm. The symposium will be based on an exhibition of work by William Gear, which will be on display at the Gallery from 1 until 18 November 2017. Gear taught at the Margaret Street School of Art and was an important figure within the development of abstraction in the RBSA, Birmingham, and West Midlands. Previous exhibitions and publications about Gear have not focussed on his work and role within Birmingham, presenting an interesting area for further study. For more information about Gear, click here.

The symposium is being funded by a grant from the Paul Mellon Centre and we are looking for a current student or recent graduate to give a 15-minute talk as part of the symposium. The talk will need to focus on Gear’s work from a specific perspective, or provide a context for his work. For example: one of the speakers will be talking about Gear’s work in Birmingham within the context of exhibition culture in Birmingham at that time. We would welcome proposals that use the application of a particular theory (e.g. feminist theory, social network theory, Gear in relation to the CoBrA group etc.) or focus in the importance of archival material within researching an artist (e.g. referencing family photographs of Gear at work, shots of his exhibitions, letters and sales records).

This is an excellent opportunity for students or recent graduates who like a friendly environment in which to develop their research presentation skills. To apply, please e-mail by 5pm on 30 June.


Other vacancies for Unpaid Volunteer Positions

There are several other different positions available such as: Volunteer Weekend Gallery Assistants, Volunteer Archive Assistants, Volunteer Membership Researchers and ‘New Curator’ Volunteers. These types of positions are normally advertised in October/November-time         each year. If you have any queries about volunteering, please send your CV and queries to

Please note: we receive a large number of applications but have a limited number of opportunities and resources. Therefore, the application process is competitive and we are unable to offer positions to all applicants.

What our Volunteers say...

'I have really enjoyed my time volunteering at the RBSA Gallery, I have learnt a lot about the different aspects involved in working at an art gallery. This has given me experience of carrying out creative and practical tasks, including exhibition installation, promoting the gallery and assisting during events and artist workshops. I think volunteering at the RBSA is a good opportunity for anyone who would like to learn more about working in the arts, and to gain new skills which will be useful for them in the future.'

Fay Andreas (New Curator Volunteer 2015, Gallery Assistant Volunteer 2016)