Curatorial Traineeship

For the second year, Barbican and Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) are recruiting for our joint curatorial Traineeship programme. This is an opportunity to gain an insight into working for two arts organisations of different scale with separate programmes, where you will acquire practical skills to support your qualifications and inform future career choices.

You will have the opportunity to spend one month on secondment with the Arts Council Collection towards the end of the Traineeship, learning about their collection and touring programme.

Black, Asian and ethnic minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply for this placement. We are committed to increasing diversity of staff within the Barbican Centre and within the Arts Sector as a whole and it is recognised that Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented within Barbican Art Gallery. We welcome applications from everyone who meets the requirements of the Person Specification.

You will spend four days per week at Barbican and one day per week at Iniva, with some flexibility according to project requirements

At the Barbican, you will gain an overview and understanding of the process of developing and presenting temporary exhibitions and commissions, and the development of events to complement those exhibitions. You will gain practical experience on specific exhibitions, including conducting research, liaising with key contacts and artists, exhibition administration and archiving. You will also have an opportunity to work on installations and de-installations and to assist with the delivery of private Views and public programme events.

At Iniva, you will gain an understanding of how to deliver a regular events programme and the skills required to do this effectively. There will be opportunity to encounter curators, artists, academics and researchers working in areas related to Iniva’s artistic programme and the collections of the Stuart Hall Library. There will be opportunities to get involved with delivering a monthly public programme in the Library and work directly with resident artists, researchers and curators. You will also be involved in research towards fundraising bids related to delivering the artistic programme alongside experienced staff.

To be considered for this post you will need to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in Art, Art History or related subjects. You will have a flexible and proactive approach to work, and excellent communication skills. You will be able to work well on your own as well as in a team setting. You’ll also need to be able to use basic computer programmes from the MS Office suite. You will have an excellent eye for detail enabling you to undertake your work to a high standard.

The successful candidate will be provided with day to day curatorial mentoring, supervision and opportunities to shadow more experienced colleagues. As part of the Traineeship there will also be a training and development allowance to pay towards attendance at conferences, networking and other development opportunities.

Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee you a job at the end of this Traineeship, but both Barbican and Iniva will give support during the Traineeship on professional development and next steps on completing the Traineeship. You will also have the opportunity to apply for any roles that may arise in the organisations towards the end of your traineeship.

For further information and to apply online, please visit

Alternatively, please contact 020 7332 3978 (24hr answerphone) quoting reference number BC718. A minicom service for the hearing impaired available on 020 7332 3732.

Closing date for applications is Midday on Tuesday 3 April 2018.

Interviews will be on Thursday 26 April 2018 at the Barbican Centre.

If you wish to discuss the details of this opportunity in more detail, please contact Katrina Crookall, Senior Manager at the Barbican Visual Arts team on 020 7382 7382 or Teresa Drace-Francis, General Manager, Iniva on 020 7749 1249, Monday to Thursday to arrange a time to speak.

The City of London Corporation is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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Contact Name

Katrina Crookall

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Start Date

12th March 2018

Closing Date

3rd April 2018