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Vacancies for Paid Positions

1) Full-time Gallery Coordinator (Maternity Cover)

We are seeking to appoint a Full-time Gallery Coordinator (Maternity Cover). For full details, please download the information and application form pack in the top right of this page. If you cannot type into the application form, please e-mail to request for one to be e-mailed to you. The application deadline is 4.00pm on Monday 10 July 2017.

2) Part-time Gallery Assistant

We will soon be seeking to appoint a Part-time Gallery Assistant to work Saturdays. If you would like to receive a copy of the application pack when it is ready, please e-mail to request for one to be e-mailed to you.

Opportunities and Vacancies for Unpaid Volunteer Positions

1) Attend a FREE training course on blogging

Join professional writer, Louise Palfreyman, on Tuesday 13 June from 2-4pm for information and guidance on how to use blogs to their full advantage. This session will include tips on targeting, scheduling, and promoting content. It is suitable for both beginners and more experienced bloggers who are seeking to take their blogging to a more professional and wider-reaching level. To book your free place, e-mail by the evening of Saturday 10 June.

2) Shadow professional writer, Louise Palfreyman, during a blogger project

Professional writer, Louise Palfreyman, will be the blogger in residence at the RBSA Gallery as part of a WMMD-funded project. During her time on this project she has kindly offered to mentor a student or recent graduate. This volunteer role would involve: attending sessions at the Gallery, receiving guidance from Louise, assisting in recording and promoting project activities (e.g. taking photos, posting tweets, helping generate blog content, recording material for evaluation purposes).

This is a good-quality, short-term opportunity (approximately 5 days / 35 hours throughout June to August) ideal for those seeking to gain work experience in an arts marketing role. To apply, please e-mail by the evening of Saturday 10 June with a short paragraph about why you would like the role and when you would be available (e.g. certain days of the week that would be best).

3) 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.

We are always keen to meet energetic and talented individuals who would like to join our team. If you would like to be considered for volunteering positions, please send your CV and covering letter  to and we will contact you if any relevant positions arise.

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)