Chisenhale Gallery’s Curatorial Trainee Programme ran from 2013 to 2019. Each year it comprised two full-time, 12-month posts that were paid and open to all, providing outstanding training, structured mentoring and professional development for emerging curators.  

The Curatorial Trainee Programme offered excellent opportunities for career development and learning, opening up opportunities in curating, commissioning and production, research, communications, audience development, gallery education and the broader arts sector.

It was designed to enable young professionals to gain the experience necessary to secure permanent employment within the arts sector. The programme provided mentoring from senior Chisenhale Gallery staff and external practitioners, supporting emerging curators to develop their curatorial practice within a renowned public institution.

Over six years the programme supported twelve emerging curators, who have gone on to secure prestigious roles within arts organisations in London, nationally and internationally after completing their time at Chisenhale Gallery.

"My time at Chisenhale Gallery has been my most exciting and positively-challenging work experience. I have grown immensely through the invaluable mentorship that I have received, alongside the trust and responsibility placed on my practice"
Curatorial Assistant: Commissions Trainee, 2016-18

“Everything I know and apply in my current position I learned at Chisenhale Gallery. I am thankful to Chisenhale for working hard on keeping these two traineeships as fully paid positions. This is one of the few opportunities of its kind in the UK.”
Exhibitions & Events Trainee 2015–16

Chisenhale Gallery is a registered charity and part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. Between 2016 and 2019 the Curatorial Trainee Programme was supported by Sirine and Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh.

Chisenhale Gallery fundraises for the artistic programme in its entirety, as well as more than half of all core costs, through trusts, foundations and individual donations. All donations directly support the production of new work by artists, while enabling the gallery to keep all exhibitions and the majority of events free. Please visit the Support page to find out about ways you can support Chisenhale Gallery.

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