Ruba Asfahani

Ruba Asfahani graduated with a BA History of Art in 2007. Since then she’s been a specialist in Contemporary Arab art, Deputy Director at Sotheby’s, and now Communications Manager for Modern Art Oxford.

What was your favourite thing about studying at Birmingham?

“I loved the variety of topics. I distinctly remember Postmodern art with Dr Jutta Vincent was the most interesting. Having the gallery just upstairs was an incredible asset to Birmingham. Everything I learned at Birmingham has helped me, even if I ended up focusing on Arab art.

“My favourite memory of my time at Birmingham was meeting Quentin Blake when he opened an exhibition in 2007. What a legend!”

What is the best thing about your job?

“The best thing about my job is the range of elements that I get to play with. i.e. I work with artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, etc. All I’ve ever wanted really was to work in a public institution so in January I get to do just that!”

What advice would you give to current students?

“Take advantage of the gallery and staff… use them as much as possible!”