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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Internship/traineeship
Salary or training bursary: London Living Wage equivalent
12 months
Company:Contemporary Art Society
Positive Action Scheme
Apply by:25/10/2021 - 17:00

Curatorial Trainee

If you have excellent organisational skills and an interest in museums and collections, you can begin your curatorial career with this exciting traineeship...

The Contemporary Art Society exists to encourage an appreciation and understanding of contemporary art by a wide audience and to donate works by important and new artists to museums and public galleries across the UK.

This part-time traineeship (three days per week) is offered in the Contemporary Art Society's Museum Acquisitions Team, which is responsible for delivering the organisation’s core mission and working with 72 museums to acquire new works of modern and contemporary art for their collections. You will assist the Curator, Museum Acquisitions in the delivery of the Fine Art and Craft Acquisition Schemes and the Special Projects which include Great Works, Valeria Napoleone XX, Jackson Tang Ceramics Award and the Collections Fund at Frieze. The trainee will also support the Continuous Professional Development programme which supports curators across the UK.

What you will learn

  • To manage the day to day administration of the Contemporary Art Society’s Fine Art and Craft Acquisition Schemes and Museum Membership
  • To assist with the organisation and delivery of the Continuous Professional Development Programme for museum professionals, including assisting with events and database management
  • To write and update online content about the Contemporary Art Society’s curatorial work including image and copyright clearance
  • To work with the programming team to contribute towards strategic programming ideas
  • To update and manage the Contemporary Art Society’s database and computer filing systems
  • To respond to external enquiries effectively and efficiently
  • To undertake any other duties reasonably requested that meet the aims and objectives of the charity in relation to its mission

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • BA in Art History/ Cultural Studies/ Curating or other relevant subject
  • Knowledge of contemporary visual art and artists
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills, including the ability to prioritise work
  • An interest in museums and collections
  • Excellent IT skills, including the use of audio and video editing software, word processing, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Database and email applications
  • Ability to work effectively on own initiative and as part of multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to lead on researching, developing and delivering projects as required
  • Well organised and able to work on several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Effective communication skills

To apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will not be accepted)
  • Once submitted, you can no longer amend your application, so proof-read carefully
  • Do not contact the company directly
  • Please email any queries about this role to Creative Access at this address: [email protected]

This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group that is under-represented in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, people with disabilities and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.