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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:12/11/2021 - 17:00

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. The successful candidate will support PEER’s close-knit team on a series of gallery exhibitions and associated public events. You will also get the chance to assist with planning and organising public events and workshops, deliver communications and social media content, work closely with artists and support the day-to-day running of the gallery.

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.

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
  • Arts administration skills such as timetabling schedules, updating databases and listing exhibitions
  • Social Media and marketing skills by creating engaging digital content and working to maintain and increase digital engagement and audiences
  • Web editing skills in maintaining and updating PEER’s website
  • Mentoring young people engaged in the PEER Ambassador programme and supporting the Curator for Local Audiences in managing and planning workshops, events and artist talks (commencing in March 22 subject to funding)
  • Customer relationship experience in managing and dispatching sales of editions and publications
  • Audience engagement through speaking to members of the public about exhibitions at the gallery
  • Experience of delivering local programming for wide range of local people including families, young people and older generation audiences
  • First-hand exposure to fundraising
  • Basic finance skills such as processing invoices and reconciling the monthly petty cash
  • Housekeeping duties of an arts organisation including upkeep of the gallery

Knowledge, Skills, Experience


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and interest in the visual arts
  • Strong interpersonal skills with keen sensitivity and tact
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise when working to a deadline
  • Ability and desire to connect and communicate with a broad range of people
  • Strong organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Some experience of project/event management
  • Experience of working under pressure
  • Good IT skills with knowledge of social media platforms


  • Undergraduate Degree

To Apply

  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document via Creative Access (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)
  • Do not contact PEER 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.