Volunteer with us

Read how recent additions to the RBSA team have been getting on in their new posts.

The Gallery offers a number of voluntary placements through the year, in association with the University of Birmingham and other regional education establishments.

RBSA Intern Lauren Turner

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Hello, I’m Lauren. I am a BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing graduate from the University of Wolverhampton. I am currently writing for the RBSA’s Art Blog, proofreading articles, researching and profiling artists’ lives, writing about upcoming events, and interviewing current artists with solo shows at the Gallery.

Writing for the RBSA has taught me invaluable new skills such as correctly citing and referencing works of art, and honing my interviewing and writing skills.  

Having never really spent much time with art before, writing for the RBSA has created a new passion within me. I am really interested in what inspires artists to create their work, and researching the life and work of Alma-Tadema caught my interest because of his fascination with the ancient world. As a lover of world mythology and culture, I was enamoured with his art, and I will certainly try and get copies to hang around my house!

I love writing, professionally and creatively, and I plan on pursuing a career in copywriting and editing, as well as writing novels on the side for fun. Writing for the RBSA has added to my experience within the professional writing world and pushed me closer to securing my dream job.

 

 

Moya Marshall

Hello, I’m Moya and I’m a final year undergraduate at the University of Birmingham. I’m here on placement at the RBSA, helping out with researching and writing articles for ART BLOG, conducting audience research and also lending a hand assisting with events.

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Whilst my BA is Classical Literature, Civilisation and Philosophy (a mouthful, I know), alongside my degree I have been able to keep up a longstanding relationship with the visual arts. During my childhood in Amsterdam I was first exposed to the incredible work of the Dutch Masters and Van Gogh’s post-impressionism. My move to London surrounded me with endless galleries and museums, leading me to carry a constant curiosity about the artistic world in Birmingham. In the RBSA, I believe I have found the right place!

Although a talent for arts and crafts has unfortunately evaded me (as pictured), I believe the use of art and creative media is of incredible benefit to the culture of Birmingham and society as a whole. I hope to follow a career developing the use of creative arts as a therapeutic outlet and I am so excited to contribute to the RBSA and discover what makes art important to those here.

 

Blogging Volunteer Alfie Hancox

Hi, I’m Alfie and I’m an MA research student in Modern History at the University of Warwick. My research interests include the politics of gender and race, which have of course had a huge transformative impact on the contemporary art world.

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I’m helping out with researching and writing articles for the RBSA blog, providing information about the Society’s history, artists and events.

I’ve always had a great enthusiasm for art. It started with copying pictures from books about the animal kingdom or excitedly taking a sketchbook along to the zoo when I was little, and today I enjoy painting (mostly from life) as a hobby. I have a particular passion for the visceral subjectivity of figurative expressionism, seen in the work of Kirchner among others.

In volunteering at the RBSA I hope to further increase my knowledge of art history, and I greatly look forward to interviewing professional artists.

I also love writing and plan on pursuing a career in academic research or journalism, so helping out with the blog is great experience that will help me develop my writing skills.

 

Past Placements

Archive Assistant

I’m Chris-Ann Panther and I worked as Archive Assistant at the RBSA.

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This volunteering role is perfect for students interested in archives and archival practice. Being on placement at the RBSA has been a wonderful experience.

A partnership with the University of Birmingham Art History department means students on the MA Art History and Curating course can gain practical experience in the field through a placement at the Gallery.

The first weeks of my placement were focused on learning about the artist William Gear through research and attending the William Gear Study Day. I then led a tour of the William Gear: Colour and Form exhibition for students. Other tasks involved responding to archival enquiries and filing press cuttings. Each enquiry was a chance to learn something new, as it requires using artists’ files and searching through the archives.

My time at the RBSA has been incredibly beneficial to my learning. Prior to this placement, I had little experience working in an archive. Having had this experience, I am now more confident conducting research in an archive which is an invaluable skill as I research my dissertation topic.

I have also gained an awareness of working with collections and gained practical skills and knowledge which are transferable to a variety of areas within the art field.

Marketing and Promotions Intern

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Hi, I’m Kara and I graduated with a BA in English Language from the University of Birmingham.

I assisted with the promotion of the Gallery’s programme through social media posts and blog articles, conducting social media research, and helping at events.

I have always had a passion for art and through my A-Level in Fine Art I was fortunate enough to experiment with a range of techniques: printing, photography, and short-film being my most-loved.

My knowledge of film helped in creating footage for the RBSA for use at the website and on social media. My aim was to broaden my knowledge of how art is shared  and gain a better knowledge of the tools used for marketing, so that I can begin my journey into the professional world of marketing and promotion.

Archive Assistant Harriet Moore

Hello, my name is Harriet and I studied for a Master’s in History of Art and Curating.

For one of my modules, ‘Placement: Art History in the Field’ we had to choose an establishment to complete an eleven-week volunteering role.

I chose the RBSA Gallery position of Archive Assistant. I was initially drawn to the role because I have an interest in collections and was keen to gain more experience.

This placement is extremely useful in applying your skills and knowledge beyond the classroom and into the industry. As a result it has been incredibly beneficial not only in promoting my learning but also giving me the confidence to conduct research in an archive.

In addition, this placement has enriched my knowledge of collections and given me practical skills, which are undoubtedly transferable to a variety of roles in the wider art world.

Marketing Intern

My name is Thomas Taylor and I was the RBSA’s Marketing Intern whilst a student at the University of Birmingham, studying for my Masters in Antiquity.

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Most of my training stems from examining the ways in which art and architecture shaped the ancient world, so it was interesting to transfer those skills to the modern day and view such incredible artwork without the need to study.

I provided regular updates at the blog during my internship, profiling RBSA artists in short films about their practice, and writing on individual works of art.

I also covered new work being undertaken by the Gallery with regional and national disability organisations.

My personal focus was primarily on works displaying classical influences.

 

Thomas Taylor and Kara Neill were employed as paid interns through Careers Connect, a scheme at the University of Birmingham. Chris-Ann Panther worked at the RBSA through her studies for an MA in Art History and Curating, also at the University of Birmingham.

If you would like to enquire about volunteering roles, contact our Learning and Engagement Manager, Natalie Osborne on 0121 236 4353 or natalie@rbsa.org.uk