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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Salary or training bursary: £19,500 per annum
Company:The Hepworth Wakefield
Open to all
Apply by:12/05/2021 - 18:00

Curational Trainee

Looking for an exciting gallery traineeship? Well, keep reading below...

The Hepworth Wakefield has welcomed over 2.3 million visitors since opening in May 2011 and is now firmly established as a major local, national and international attraction, winning Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2017. They present an outstanding programme of historical and contemporary exhibitions alongside displays drawn from Wakefield's collection of 20th-century and contemporary art. In August 2019, The Hepworth Wakefield Garden opened. Designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, the garden features sculptures and is one of the largest free public gardens in the UK.

The company is seeking to appoint a Curational Trainee which is offered through Future Collect, a partnership project initiated by Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) to reimagine the future of public collections at major art galleries and museums in the UK. The Curatorial Trainee will be supported to develop a range of skills expected from the curatorial workforce today including subject expertise, working with living artists, collections care and exhibition-making. Learning about audience engagement and widening access to culture will be a fundamental part of developing and enhancing these skills.


  • Preparing research on shortlisted artists
  • Attending studio visits
  • Supporting wider research into the collection, specifically in relation to addressing historic imbalances through acquisitions
  • Supporting and innovating ideas for the public programme that accompanies the commission, including text writing, copy editing, web updates and social media
  • Supporting and innovating ideas for the development of resources for the commission working alongside the learning team
  • Support on installations and de-installations as required
  • Assisting at previews, learning and public programme events
  • Being involved in press and promotion
  • Being part of the curatorial team at THW, attending programming and curatorial meetings, as well as gaining experience within other departments
  • Giving public talks about the commission once it is installed
  • Participating in the evaluation process for the Traineeship including contribution to sector learning resources
  • In-depth and independent research within the Stuart Hall Library and Iniva archive
  • Providing support to the commissioned artist, researchers and/or curators on outputs of the project
  • Researching and liaising with speakers and artists for the public programme
  • Providing technical and logistical support for public events as required
  • Supporting the Development Manager with fundraising research and compiling and gathering data for reporting

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • An undergraduate degree in Art, Art History or related subject, or equivalent experience gained through work-based or learning-based opportunities
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to build relationships with stakeholders and a range of people at different levels of the organisations
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Able to work as part of a team as well as on your own
  • Able to prioritise and manage time effectively
  • A genuine interest in visual arts, and particularly the programmes of both organisations
  • A willingness to learn and get involved in a variety of tasks
  • A commitment to anti-racism, diversity & equality in the workplace
  • Previous office experience preferred but not essential
  • Experience of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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