Read how two 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.
My name is Thomas Taylor and I am the RBSA’s new Marketing Intern and a student at the University of Birmingham, studying for my Masters in Antiquity.
With most of my training stemming from examining the ways in which art and architecture shaped the ancient world, and the meaning such antique pieces hold, it is interesting to transfer those skills to the modern day and view such incredible artwork without the need to study, now only to enjoy.
One of my aims during my time at the RBSA is to diversify my knowledge of contemporary art, and familiarise myself with some of the more recognisable faces here at the Gallery. Counting myself as a creator, albeit through a different mode via YouTube, I could not resist grabbing my camera and taking some shots of the artwork.
Creating things has always been a passion of mine, whether it’s content for my channel, an atmosphere on the stage, or a project at university.
There will be regular updates at the blog during my internship. I will be profiling RBSA artists in short films about their practice, and covering the new work being undertaken by the Gallery with regional and national disability organisations. My personal focus will primarily be on works displaying classical influences.
I’m Chris-Ann Panther and I recently worked as Archive Assistant at the RBSA.
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 (UoB) 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 UoB 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.
Application of knowledge and skills beyond the classroom is invaluable, because students get a more rounded education enhanced by practical experience.
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.
Thomas Taylor is employed as a paid intern 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 firstname.lastname@example.org