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Curatorial Trainee

Calling all art lovers looking to kickstart your curatorial career! If you’re project orientated and excited by the prospect of travelling between London and Manchester, check out this brilliant opportunity to work on a major artistic commission and support diverse talent.

Iniva is an evolving, radical visual arts organisation dedicated to developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation. Manchester Art Gallery is the original useful museum, initiated in 1823 by artists, as an educational institution to ensure that the city and all its people grow with creativity, imagination, health and productivity.

They currently have a brilliant opportunity for a Curatorial Trainee which is being offered jointly by Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and Manchester Art Gallery. The successful candidate will work end to end on a major artistic commission by undertaking a programme of training which will see the new work accessioned into the Manchester Art Gallery collection.

This traineeship will be co-located between both organisations with the majority of the contract being spent in Manchester with travel and accommodation arranged in London as needed. If you are passionate about art, and look forward to the idea of attending studio visits and supporting the promotion for various artistic programmes, they would love to hear from you.


At Manchester Art Gallery tasks include

  • Preparing research on artists
  • Attending studio visits
  • Collection and exhibits research directed by the curator
  • 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 public resources for the commission working alongside the learning team
  • Support on installations and de-installations as required
  • Assisting at previews and public programme events
  • Being involved in press and promotion
  • Being part of the curatorial and wider team at Manchester Art Gallery, attending programming and curatorial meetings, as well as working within other departments
  • Giving public talks about the commission once it is installed
  • Supporting research and development for the annual conference
  • Participating in the evaluation process for the Traineeship including contribution to sector learning resources
  • Involved in establishing a national curatorial network

At Iniva tasks include

  • In-depth and independent research on Iniva’s commissioning history 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, supporting technical and logistical requirements for each event as required
  • Providing practical support in the organisation of the Curators Day
  • Supporting the Development Manager with fundraising research and compiling and gathering data for reporting

Click here to see the full Job Description 


  • A positive and flexible approach to work
  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to build relationships with 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 willingness to learn and get involved in a variety of tasks
  • A genuine interest in visual arts, and particularly the programmes of both organisations
  • Previous office experience preferred but not essential
  • Experience of Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel
  • An undergraduate degree in Art, Art History or related subjects (e.g. Film Studies), or equivalent experience gained through work-based or learning-based opportunities


  • Follow this link to apply
  • In your application, state that you heard about this vacancy through the Creative Access website