Curatorial Trainee, National Gallery

Reference No.1812 Location:National Gallery, then Southampton City Art Gallery, or Museums Sheffield Salary:£31,500 Main duties:

Assisting with the care, display, research, management, and interpretation of the National Gallery’s collection: At the National Gallery the Curatorial Trainee will be assigned to a section of the curatorial team and receive training in the care, display, research, and interpretation of the collection, in dealing with acquisitions and loans, in curating exhibitions and the delivery of public programmes, in dealing with public enquiries and ensuring collection information is up to date, in liaising with a range of essential museum functions such as art handling, framing and conservation, learning, digital, communication and fundraising, and in working with national and international partners.

Carrying out a specific project at a regional institution: The Curatorial Trainee will work on a specific project, based on the regional institution’s collection and involving research into one or more aspects of it. The Curatorial Trainee will be responsible for delivering the project and its agreed public outcomes to a high standard, and for providing a full report at the end of the project.

Carrying out a wide range of curatorial tasks at the regional institution: The Curatorial Trainee will receive a further period of training at the regional institution, with the support of a dedicated member of staff. The training will include a wide range of tasks, to include for example assistance with the care, display, and interpretation of the collection, collections research, collections management, planning and delivery of public programmes and interaction with other essential museum functions such as press, marketing, learning, and outreach.

Interview date:17/07/2019 Closing date:30/06/2019 Job Description:

The National Gallery with the Art Fund and the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation are working together on a programme to offer two fully funded twenty-two month Curatorial Traineeships with two regional museums (Southampton City Art Galery and Museums Sheffield), to begin in mid September 2019.

You will be keen to acquire specialist knowledge of historic European paintings and to develop a solid understanding of how to make them accessible and relevant to audiences today. You will have the ability to enthuse others and to connect with a wide range of people, both within an organisation and when interacting with members of the public.

Please note both roles are fixed term for 22 months and may require the successful candidate to travel occasionally within the UK and to be prepared to relocate to one of the partner organisations following an initial training period of 6 months at the National Gallery in London.

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