Birmingham and York to host Art Fund curatorial trainees

  • 22 July 2013

The Art Fund and the National Gallery will be funding curatorial trainees at Birmingham Museums Trust and York Art Gallery as part of their curatorial traineeships programme.

Birmingham Museums Trust and York Art Gallery will each benefit from a fully funded curatorial trainee

Birmingham Museums Trust and York Art Gallery will each benefit from a fully funded curatorial trainee

The trainees will begin at the National Gallery in London from September 2013 before moving to roles in Birmingham and York in the spring of 2014. They will follow in the footsteps of Henrietta Ward and Philippa Stephenson, the inaugural curatorial trainees whose exhibitions at Manchester Art Gallery and Tyne & Wear Archives opened this spring.

The curatorial traineeships programme fosters new curatorial talent, helping not only the trainees themselves but also the museums and their visitors. Launched in 2011, the programme was established to address the need for a renewed focus on object- and collections-based expertise in museums and galleries.

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said: 'We are so pleased to be part of a scheme developing the curators of the future.  The first phase was a great success, and we look forward to the next step.  The potential benefits lie not just with the individual curators chosen, but also for the museums and their visiting public in the long term.'

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