Second wave of curatorial trainees announced

Eloise Donnelly and Helen Hillyard have been chosen to join the National Gallery's curatorial traineeship programme, supported by the Art Fund.

Helen Hillyard and Eloise Donnelly, curatorial traines Photo copyright the National Gallery, London

Helen Hillyard and Eloise Donnelly, curatorial traines

Eloise and Helen have begun their traineeship at the National Gallery in London, and will move to the programme's partner museums, Birmingham Museums Trust and York Art Gallery, in spring 2014 to work on curatorial projects.

The scheme was launched by the National Gallery and the Art Fund in 2011 to address the need to develop curatorial skills in museums and galleries across the UK.

Helen studied History of Art at the University of Cambridge and an MA in Curating the Art Museum at the Courtauld Institute of Art, while Eloise received her BA in Modern History and Master's in the History of Art from the University of Oxford.

Before starting the scheme, Helen worked for the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow and held internships at the National Maritime Museum and Manchester Art Gallery. Eloise worked at the Natural History Museum before spending two years working for a private art collection in the Middle East.

The inaugural programme saw trainees Henrietta Ward and Philippa Stephenson curate exhibitions at the programme's first two partner museums: Home, Land and Sea at Manchester Art Gallery and Divine Bodies at Laing Art Gallery, respectively.

The two curatorial traineeships are funded with Art Fund support with assistance from the Vivmar Foundation.

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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