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National Gallery Curatorial Traineeship Programme: supported by Art Fund with the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation

Since its launch in 2011, the National Gallery’s Curatorial Traineeship Programme, supported by Art Fund with the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation, has become recognised as an important curatorial training programme for the UK museums sector. It plays a key role in addressing the need to maintain and develop collections expertise, in particular in relation to pre-1900 European paintings.

The National Gallery is now able to offer two further 22-month Curatorial Traineeships, running from autumn 2019 to summer 2021.

The Programme provides the opportunity to undertake 6-month curatorial skills training at the National Gallery in London, followed by a 16-month placement at a non-London partner museum to work on a project that sheds new light on the historic paintings within the partner venue’s collection. The partner organisations for 2019-21 are Southampton City Art Gallery and Museums Sheffield. The Trainee at Southampton City Art Gallery will have the opportunity to work on a project to revisit the founding principles of the City Art Gallery and examine its longstanding relationship with the National Gallery, resulting in an exhibition that will bring fresh perspectives to key European paintings in the collection. The Trainee at Museums Sheffield will concentrate on 19th-century French and German paintings, focusing on the re-interpretation of conventional narratives and examining in particular the implications of Orientalism and the role of women within art production and consumption. [Please note Candidates will not be expected to express a preference for one of the partner museums or projects at the point of applying.]

The programme actively welcomes applications from people from a wide range of backgrounds who are currently underrepresented in this sector.

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