Third phase of Art Fund curatorial traineeships announced

The National Gallery and the Art Fund have announced two new fully funded curatorial traineeships to run from 2015 to 2017, and are seeking applications from museums and galleries to act as partners on the programme.

Philippa Stephenson and Henrietta Ward, the first curatorial trainees, are now curators at Glasgow Museums and Dulwich Picture Gallery © National Gallery, London

Philippa Stephenson and Henrietta Ward, the first curatorial trainees, are now curators at Glasgow Museums and Dulwich Picture Gallery

Two chosen trainees will each undertake a 22-month programme that will see them working with the National Gallery and a regional partner museum, culminating in the delivery of a project at the end of the traineeship. We are now inviting museum partner applications for the 2015-2017 traineeships – find out more.

The trainees will be the third wave of aspiring curators to come through the programme, which was launched in 2011 to address the need for greater object- and collections-based expertise in Britain's museums and galleries.

These new traineeships follow successful projects at York Art Gallery and Birmingham Museums Trust, where curatorial trainees Eloise Donnelly and Helen Hillyard have been involved in projects that will open to the public in 2015.

Henrietta Ward and Pippa Stephenson, who were placed at Manchester Art Gallery and The Laing in the 2011 scheme, are now, respectively, curatorial fellow at Dulwich Picture Gallery and curator of European Art at Glasgow Museums.

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: 'This initiative was launched in 2011 to provide the best possible training and support for the next generation of curators – now entering its third phase, it is fantastic to see how the programme has grown and strengthened from year to year. 

'There is a need to nurture curatorial expertise in the museum sector and we are delighted to be supporting this scheme, which addresses that.'

The National Gallery Curatorial Traineeship Programme is supported by the Art Fund with the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation.

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