National Gallery Curatorial Traineeships

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The National Gallery and the Art Fund curatorial traineeships programme continues to foster new talent

The National Gallery and the Art Fund are pleased to announce two new fully funded curatorial traineeships to run from 2015 to 2017. Each trainee curator will spend time between the National Gallery and a partner museum during a 22-month appointment, undertaking a project which will be delivered at the end of the traineeship.

Applications for the new posts and partner museums have now closed. The recipients will be announced in the autumn. 

The posts have been made possible through the National Gallery Curatorial Traineeship Programme supported by the Art Fund with the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation.

Launched in 2011, these traineeships are the third phase of a joint initiative to address the need for a renewed focus on object and collections based expertise. The programme is inviting partner applications for the 2015-2017 curatorial traineeships from galleries and museums in early 2015.

These new traineeships follow successful projects for curatorial trainees, Eloise Donnelly at York Art Gallery, and Helen Hillyard at Birmingham Museums Trust. Both have been involved in the research and curation of a display and re-hang; training which has significantly contributed to the expertise needed to work with Old Master painting collections in the future. The new Baroque Galleries at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery open on 19 June 2015, and York Art Gallery reopens on 1 August 2015.

The 2011 Trainees, Henrietta Ward and Pippa Stephenson, were placed at Manchester Art Gallery and the Laing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, respectively. Henrietta is now Curatorial Fellow at Dulwich Picture Gallery and Pippa is Curator of European Art at Glasgow Museums.

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

“Following on from the success of the programme so far, we are delighted to announce a further new fully funded curatorial traineeship. Our aim is to help regional museums maintain a high level of curatorial excellence and to support new talent in the field, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming a new generation of trainees at the Gallery and watching them progress and flourish in their new posts.”

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said:

“This initiative was launched in 2011 to provide the best possible training and support for the next generation of curators –now entering its third phase, it is fantastic to see how the programme has grown and strengthened from year to year.  There is a need to nurture curatorial expertise in the museum sector, and we are delighted to be supporting this scheme which addresses that.”