National Gallery Curatorial Traineeships 2015-17

National Gallery and Art Fund 2015-17 Curatorial Trainees

Lucy West and Sylvie Broussine were selected to join the 2015-17 National Gallery Curatorial Traineeship programme which is supported by the Art Fund with the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation. 

Sylvie Broussine and Lucy West, Curatorial Trainees supported by the Art Fund with the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation.
Lucy West (left) and Sylvie Broussine (right)


After a six-month period of training and research at the National Gallery, Sylvie and Lucy have now moved to take up their respective positions at the Ferens Gallery, Hull and Auckland Castle, Bishop's Auckland.

Launched in 2011, the traineeships are the third phase of the initiative, which was established jointly by the National Gallery and the Art Fund to nurture the next generation of curators.

During the time they spent at the National Gallery, Lucy and Sylvie received training on provenance research, writing labels and website text, and giving 10-minute talks. The trainees are now embarking on their projects at the Ferens Gallery and Auckland Castle, beginning research into these collections and meeting with colleagues with whom they will be working over the next two years.

Lucy West – The Ferens Gallery

Lucy studied History of Art at the University of Warwick, and completed the MA in the Arts of Florence and Central Italy 1400-1500, at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She spent a year in the Programming Team at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, and has previously interned in the Learning Department at the National Portrait Gallery.

The focus of Lucy’s traineeship at the Ferens gallery will be a group of 20 paintings and one sculpture from the permanent collection of early religious works, including the Pietro Lorenzetti panel depicting Christ with Saints Peter and Paul, which is currently undergoing conservation at the National Gallery.

Sylvie Broussine – Auckland Castle

Sylvie studied English at the University of Leicester, which included a year abroad at the Università di Bologna, and went on to complete a History of Art MA at University College London. She previously held internships at an arts charity and in the commercial gallery sector. Before starting the traineeship she worked in visitor services at the National Gallery.

Sylvie will be undertaking research into the collection at Auckland Castle, which is home to a remarkable collection of artworks, the most important being the series of paintings depicting Jacob and his Twelve Sons by the Spanish master, Francisco de Zurbarán.