Curatorial Trainee Programme  
Curatorial Assistant: Engagement

Full time
Salary: £19,000 per annum
Contract type: 12 months fixed term
Start date: February 2018     

“Finding a way to gain important skills and experience early on in your career is very difficult. The Chisenhale Gallery Curatorial Trainee Programme is a unique opportunity.” Former Chisenhale Gallery Trainee, 2016

“One of the best public institutions in the UK… Diverse and thought provoking, the programme impacts what is read, discussed and shown more broadly” Visitor feedback, 2017

Chisenhale Gallery seeks to appoint an energetic, proactive and highly motivated Curatorial Assistant: Engagement. This role is part of the Gallery’s renowned Curatorial Trainee Programme, which provides outstanding training, structured mentoring and professional development for emerging curators.  

The role is designed to provide hands on training in curating, arts management, audience development, events programming, arts education, communications, and a comprehensive overview of gallery operations. All our previous Trainees have gone on to secure permanent employment within arts organisations in the UK and internationally.  

A key element of the Curatorial Trainee Programme is research-based learning. The Curatorial Assistant: Engagement will undertake a structured research project throughout their placement, which will build on their curatorial interests. They will receive mentoring from Chisenhale Gallery’s senior staff and external practitioners as well as formal training in a range of skills.  

The primary function of this post is to support the Curator: Engagement in the delivery of the gallery’s Engagement Programme, comprising events and contextual material produced as part of each exhibition, as well as programmes for schools, university students and local community groups. The Curatorial Assistant: Engagement will also have the opportunity to help shape the development of an exciting new programme for young people.  

Supported by the Curator: Engagement, the role has day-to-day responsibility for digital communications and local audience engagement, including social media, digital newsletters, local leaflets and partnerships with local organisations and businesses.  

During their 12-month role, the Curatorial Assistant: Engagement will assist with the delivery of major commissions by artists including Lydia Ourahmane, Paul Maheke, Banu Cennetoglu and Lawrence Abu Hamdan.

Please download the Application Pack and Application Form with details of the full job description and how to apply.  

Application deadline: Monday 8 January 2018, 10am  
Interviews will be held: week commencing 29 January 2018  

Chisenhale Gallery is a registered charity and one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. The Gallery’s Curatorial Trainee Programme 2016-19 is supported by Sirine and Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh.  

Chisenhale Gallery is committed to equal opportunities. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and are committed to building a diverse workforce. We particularly encourage applications from candidates from BAME backgrounds, who are currently under-represented in employment within the visual arts.