National Gallery Curatorial Traineeships

The National Gallery and the Art Fund announce curatorial traineeships

The National Gallery’s curatorial traineeships, launched in September 2011 and supported by the Art Fund, enable regional museums to nurture the next generation of curators.

After successful partnerships in 2012-13 with Manchester Art Gallery and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, we are pleased to announce two further fully funded National Gallery traineeships, supported by the Art Fund with the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation.

Current regional partners

Birmingham Museums Trust and York Art Gallery are the latest organisations who will benefit from partnership with the National Gallery to offer curatorial training. From September 2013, the trainees will spend time at the National Gallery, before taking up their respective positions in Birmingham and York in spring 2014.

Dr Nicholas Penny, Director of the National Gallery, said:

“We are delighted with the success of the programme thus far. Our aim is to help regional museums maintain a high level of curatorial excellence and to support new talent in the field. The projects are extremely interesting and challenging for the trainees and will greatly benefit the collections in Birmingham and York. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the trainees at the Gallery and working with Birmingham and York once they take up their posts.”

The curatorial traineeship at Birmingham Museums Trust

The curatorial trainee’s time at Birmingham will be dedicated to a project that will transform the visitor experience of two galleries of 17th-century European art through their refurbishment and redisplay. The galleries contain an outstanding collection of Italian Baroque painting including the only autograph work by Orazio Gentileschi in a public collection in the UK.

The curatorial trainee will carry out research into the collection of Dutch, Flemish and Italian paintings and sculptures and will oversee the development of new displays and interpretation and educational resources aimed at children and young people.

The curatorial traineeship at York Art Gallery

The focus of the traineeship at York is research into a selection of the Gallery’s Old Master paintings, a collection of 136 continental Old Masters that stretches from the 14th to the 18th century, which was the generous gift of F.D. Lycett Green through the Art Fund in 1995.

The research will lead to the reinterpretation of the collection through the use of new technology and the involvement of contemporary artists, that will culminate in a major new display aimed at communicating new discoveries about York’s Old Master paintings to a wider audience.



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