Photography curators' training programme launched

The Art Fund and the V&A have launched a two-year programme to teach two trainees the skills to become art photography curators.

Applications open today for the programme, which will be run in partnership with Nottingham City Museum and Galleries and Museums Sheffield – both of which have extensive art photography collections but no dedicated photography curator.

The partners were selected by an open competition. Each of the successful partners submitted exceptional applications, proving that they could provide both excellent training opportunities and a public benefit in making their photography collections more accessible.

Two trainees will be selected to spend approximately six months under the guidance of a curator in the photographs section of the V&A, gaining specialist knowledge of photographic history as well as skills related to working with photography collections.

Following the initial six months, the trainees will each spend a further six months at institutions run by the partners – one at Nottingham Castle Museum, and the other at the Graves Gallery in Sheffield – culminating in an exhibition, publication, collection catalogue or new collecting policy.

Sarah Philp, head of programmes at the Art Fund, said: 'The Art Fund is committed to supporting and developing curatorial expertise, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact that having a dedicated photography curator will have on both partner museums’ excellent photography collections.

'The V&A, with its incredible Photographs Section, is the perfect museum to run this scheme, and I know the trainees will benefit hugely from their expertise and through their time spent with Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and Museums Sheffield respectively.'

Funding to employ the trainees for a 12-month period has been provided by the Art Fund. Applications are open today – apply through the V&A's recruitment portal.

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