As part of the Curatorial Traineeship Programme initiative supported by Art Fund and the Vivmar Foundation, a pair of aspiring curators will next year be offered the chance to embark on 22-month traineeships delivered by the National Gallery and two new partner sites.

This latest programme will run between February 2022 and December 2023, beginning with six months of intensive training in areas such as curatorial skills, research methodology, provenance research, and language training.

The scheme was established eight years ago to create new pathways into a curatorial career for those currently underrepresented in the museum workforce, with previous participants on the programme all now well established in roles ranging from assistant curator to assistant keeper.

One of the current trainees, Jemma Craig, has already been at the heart of high-profile collaborative projects run jointly between Southampton City Art Gallery and the National Gallery, culminating in an exhibition and publication.

National Gallery and Art Fund select Southampton and Sheffield sites for curatorial partnerships

Museums interested in partnering with National Gallery to deliver the Curatorial Traineeship Programme’s next chapter will propose a project based around European paintings predating 1900 held within their collections.

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How to apply

Submissions may include new interpretation, a (re-) display or exhibition, a publication, digital content, a public programme, a new event, a workshop with a particular community group, or a combination of some or all of these activities.  Proposals linking historic and contemporary art are also welcome.

Museum Partner Application Forms can be downloaded here and must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 16th July 2021.

Karen Eslea, National Gallery’s head of learning and national programmes, is available for an informal conversation and to discuss any questions before submitting applications via [email protected]

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