Art Fund and National Gallery launch Curatorial Traineeships

  • 27 April 2011

We've teamed up with the National Gallery to offer two fully funded curatorial traineeships beginning this autumn. The scheme will offer two appointed trainees the chance to work with the National Gallery and two regional museums over a period of 22 months - starting in September 2011. The scheme is aimed at trainees wishing to work in the field of European Old Master paintings.

Art Fund and National Gallery Curatorial Traineeships

We’ve teamed up with the National Gallery to offer two fully funded curatorial traineeships beginning this autumn. The scheme will offer two appointed trainees the chance to work with the National Gallery and two regional museums over a period of 22 months - starting in September 2011. The scheme is aimed at trainees wishing to work in the field of European Old Master paintings.

We’re now inviting applications from regional museums who wish to work in partnership with us and the National Gallery on this exciting new initiative. The project should fall within the scope of European Paintings pre-1900. Museums considering applying are expected to have a relevant paintings collection. Once the two museums have been selected, the application process for the two curatorial trainees will begin.

Aimed at nurturing the next generation of curators, the scheme will deliver practical guidance for each trainee at the National Gallery and their appointed regional museum. Each trainee will work on specific project with a beneficial outcome for the museum.

Our director Stephen Deuchar said: “It’s our intention to nurture the best possible training and support for curators, in order to help the UK’s museum world to continue to thrive, and for significant acquisitions to be made. We’ve always worked closely with museums and galleries up and down the country, and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact of this new scheme on the next generation of curators.”

The funding will provide a salary for the trainee plus some funds for travel expenses as trainees will be expected to work between their regional museum and the National Gallery.

The application deadline for this scheme has now passed.

We will review the project in 2013, and consider a second tranche of funding to enable the recruitment a further two trainees, and two new regional museums partners.