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Contract Type:Internship/traineeship
Salary or training bursary: £17,500 per annum pro rata (bursary equivalent of £21,200)
6 Months
Positive Action Scheme
Apply by:07/03/2021 - 23:59
Start date:14 April 2021

Gallery Trainee

Individual donations have provided 50% of the funds for this internship to the Khadija Saye Memorial Fund. Khadija interned at PEER from July 2015 to March 2016 and then continued to be a key member of their small team. She was killed in the fire in Grenfell Tower in June 2017. 

Do you have a passion for visual arts? Do you also believe in the positive impact of arts on local communities? If so, then don’t miss this new and exciting internship to join the supportive team of an innovative and risk-taking independent arts charity…

PEER is a London based visual arts organisation that prides itself on delivering world-class art that is “led by ideas and excellence…and embeds its activities into the local community to offer and promote the highest quality art as being part of daily life”. PEER is part of the Art Council England’s National Portfolio and it supports artists at various stages of their careers. It strives to make a positive impact on the local environment through its exhibitions, public art and engagement programmes.

PEER is excited to announce they are now looking for a Gallery Trainee to complete a 6-month internship in memory of Khadija Saye. The successful candidate will support PEER’s close-knit and supportive team on a series of gallery exhibitions and associated public events. They will also get the chance to assist with planning and organising events/workshops, support all communications and social media as well as work closely with local artists. So, if you’re keen to get stuck into a wide range of tasks this is a fantastic opportunity to start your career in gallery administration and curating.

The intern will, like all staff members, be occasionally expected to work evenings and some Saturdays, for which time in lieu can be taken. The role will involve remote working while lockdown restrictions are in place, but when restrictions are eased working from the office will resume. 

What you will learn

  • Knowledge of how a small-scale visual arts organisation functions within the charity sector
  • An insight into the role visual arts can play in the wellbeing of communities
  • Event planning and management skills by timetabling schedules and processing invoices
  • Arts administration skills such as updating databases and listing exhibitions
  • How to plan and manage public events
  • First-hand exposure to fundraising
  • Social Media and Marketing skills by creating engaging digital content and ensuring that PEER’s website is up to date
  • Web editing skills by managing and dispatching sales of editions and publications made through the website
  • An understanding of mentoring and working with the Curator for Local Audiences you will help recruit, train and mentor a team of younger 'PEER Ambassadors' – aged 17-25 – who work as paid visitor assistants and gather audience feedback surveys
  • Housekeeping duties of an arts organisation including upkeep of the gallery

Knowledge, Skills, Requirements


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and interest in the visual arts
  • Strong interpersonal skills with keen sensitivity and tact
  • An ability and desire to connect and communicate with a broad range of people
  • Strong organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Some experience of project management
  • Good IT skills with knowledge of social media platforms


  • Undergraduate Degree

To Apply

  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)
  • Do not contact the company directly

This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group which 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