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Opportunity for Architect-led Design Team

(Deadline to apply: 4.00pm on Friday 10 February 2017)

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA), which traces its origins to the early part of the nineteenth century, is an artist-led charity which supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts.  It provides a range of inclusive activities including exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. The Society owns and runs its own exhibition venue, the RBSA Gallery, located just off St Paul’s Square, near Birmingham’s historic jewellery quarter and a short walk from the city centre.

The RBSA is seeking to appoint an architect-led design team for refurbishment and alterations to its premises and gallery. 

The anticipated cost of the refurbishment and alteration works is £250,000 exclusive of professional fees and VAT. The likely scope of works comprises replacement of all windows and external doors; re-organisation of ground floor display and retail area and of storage; improved heating system throughout galleries; improved hanging system; improved lighting; improved insulation and new boiler or heating system.
The project will be subject to successful fund raising from various sources. Expressions of interest are invited including details of track record in the following:

  • Refurbishment and alterations of small heritage buildings with a relevant project value.
  • Interior design and fit out of retail spaces in a cultural or heritage sector environment. 

Minimum Professional Indemnity insurance requirement of £2,000,000 will apply. 

Please send expressions of interest in no more than 500 words via e-mail by 4.00pm on Friday 10 February 2017 to the Gallery Director at the address below. Shortlisted companies will be invited to respond to an invitation to tender.

Dr Marie Considine
Gallery Director 
Tel: 0121 236 4353

Vacancies for Paid Positions

There are currently no vacancies for paid positions.

Vacancies for Unpaid Volunteer Positions

There are currently no vacancies for unpaid volunteer positions.

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)