internships galleries london
Alyce Mahon is a gallery in London that offers an internship program for students and recent graduates. The program is available from June to August 2018, but applicants are encouraged to inquire early if they are interested in this particular internship.
The type of work you’ll do depends on your skill set, but some duties include:
- Responding to emails
- Writing exhibition captions
- Helping with press releases, newsletters and social media posts
- Assisting with shipping & receiving
- Organizing exhibitions and events
Joe Hill, University of Cambridge
History of Art and Architecture
- Anna Moszynska is a curator at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She was previously Director of the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.
- Moszynska has written extensively on a wide range of subjects in modern and contemporary art. She has published two books: The Changing Role of the Artist (2016), which focuses on artists working with new technologies; and Artists’ House (2009), which offers an account of artist’s houses from the 18th century onwards by focusing on specific examples including Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow, Walter Sickert at St John’s Wood and Frank Auerbach at Gold Street Studios in Hackney Wick.
The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House:
- 20 staff, plus volunteers (part-time to full-time)
- Curatorial – Internships available in the areas of:
- Learning and Interpretation (voluntary internship)
- Marketing and Communications
- Library Internship opportunities are also available for students studying at University College London’s Institute of Archaeology at their library.
Clare Lilley is the Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She has been involved in the organisation’s internship programme for nearly a decade, and it’s one of the best in the UK: students have first-hand experience of working in a gallery; they get to meet artists, curators and collectors; and there are networking opportunities galore.
Clare believes that internships have become increasingly important to students because the number of graduate jobs available has fallen significantly over the past seven years. In addition, she says: “As funding cuts hit universities hard and as academics are being asked to do more teaching hours without any increase in pay, they need more income from elsewhere – such as outside lecturing or publishing papers – which can take up time and resources that might otherwise be spent on research projects with students.”
Brett Littman is the Executive Director of The Drawing Center in New York City. He also works as a curator and editor, having co-curated “The Bigger Picture: 100 Years of Architecture in Perspective” at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010. In that role, he curated a selection from The Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection to celebrate its centennial anniversary.
In addition to his work at The Drawing Center, Littman was the American Curator for the 2018 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. As part of this two year project, he curated two exhibitions: “The Outer Edges” (2017) and “Transmit/Transit X”(2018). Both shows were shown at Lisbon’s Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian throughout 2018.
Gwyneth Hulse has been the Director of the Serpentine Galleries for over ten years, and her main role is to oversee all aspects of these galleries, including their exhibitions, education programme and building projects. She is also in charge of the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission.
Hulse was appointed a trustee of The Whitechapel Gallery in 2003, where she was Deputy Chairman from 2006-2013. She was previously Senior Advisor at Arts Council England (2003-2007), Chief Executive Officer at London’s Institute for Contemporary Arts (1998-2003) and Head Curator at Tate Britain (1993-1997).
John-Paul Stonard is a specialist in modern and contemporary art, curator of the National Gallery’s collection of British Art and professor at the Courtauld Institute. He has also authored books on Turner, Bonnard and Van Gogh.
Stonard studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, where he completed his undergraduate degree before working for several years as an assistant curator at Tate Gallery London. Thereafter he returned to education to pursue a PhD at the Courtauld Institute where he gained his doctorate for research into British art in 1945–1960.
Excellent internship programmes at some of the best galleries in London
If you’re looking for an internship in the art world, London is a great place to start. Many of the galleries offer excellent programmes for young people, which include work experience and training in a range of disciplines. Applications open in winter and spring, so if you are looking to intern at one of these galleries this year then keep an eye out!
The internships cover a wide range of disciplines including marketing, events planning and public relations (PR). Interns are treated like full-time employees, which means that they have access to some fantastic perks such as free membership of their host gallery. This can also be an excellent opportunity for recent graduates or students who need help finding their first job after graduation – there is no better way than getting your foot in the door by working at one of these top institutions!