Current Opportunities

Curatorial Internship: Photographs Intern

£6.50 per hour
8 hours (1 day) per week (preferable Monday or Tuesday)
Fixed-term for 26 weeks

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of people who have made or who are currently contributing to British history and culture. With more than 2 million visitors each the year, the Gallery is one of the country’s most important and popular galleries

The Photographs collection consists of more than 250,000 original photographic images of which at least 130,000 are original negatives. They date from the 1840s to the present day. The department is also responsible for the upkeep of records pertaining to the Photographs Collection as well as records relating to photographic portraiture.

We have an opportunity for a paid intern to work on the addition of past photographic display records (including press releases, review excerpts and hand lists to the Gallery’s website).  This frequently visited web page on the photographs section of the website has become a valuable archival resource detailing important exhibitions and displays dating back to the 1970s.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to shadow work of the photographs department and assist with shared tasks such as integrating archival records, retrieving original works and re-housing elements of the collection.

This opportunity will suit someone who has an interest in photographic portraiture and British history and can demonstrate accuracy and attention to detail and is able to work as part of a small team. It will provide the successful candidate with an invaluable insight into how a national photographs collection has been managed, interpreted and exhibited over time.

Full details of this and all other employment opportunities at the Gallery can be viewed at our website www.npg.org.uk/jobs or requested by e-mailing: Personnel@npg.org.uk. Closing date for returned applications is 9.00am Friday 10th April 2015. Please note that candidates will need to be available for interview on Monday 20 April 2015.  Please bear this in mind when applying and also please indicate on your form if you will be unavailable on this date.

The Gallery is committed to equality and is a member of the Employers’ Forum on Disability, Race for Opportunity and the Equality Exchange.

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Curatorial Internship: Abolition Project Intern

£6.50 per hour
8 hours (1 day) per week
Fixed-term for 26 weeks

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of people who have made or who are currently contributing to British history and culture. With more than 2 million visitors each the year, the Gallery is one of the country’s most important and popular galleries

The Gallery has recently commissioned an exhibition, to be held in 2019, which will explore the art of abolition, the image of ‘the black’ and the role that portraiture and other representations played in the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  Importantly this exhibition will include some of the finest representations of people of African descent in Western art and will end with some of the inspiring stories of black achievement in the generations following abolition.

The curator is Dr Gus Casely Hayford who will work with Dr Lucy Peltz, Curator of 18th Century Collections, to realize this exhibition. A paid internship has been created to support the work of our curators to advance the project from proposal stage to a final object list and narrative. The intern will have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the quality and success of this exhibition.

The Intern will have an academic background in eighteenth-century art or cultural history, and have experience in undertaking primary, secondary and picture research.  They will have responsibilities in the following areas: Keeping picture research files to support the process of object selection, collate information on the whereabouts of emotive and evocative historical items that reflect the material culture of slavery, identify paintings and engravings that give a sense of black lives in eighteenth century Britain, assemble information on key slavers from the UCL slavery database and locate related institutions and properties. They will also identify key international sitters for the post abolition section and assemble key web materials to support the development of the exhibitions argument and interpretation,

We are seeking to appoint an individual with relevant post graduate qualifications (or currently engaged in a relevant course of study) and a demonstrated interest in the history and representation of black people in western art, the abolition of slavery or the history of eighteenth-century Britain or British art. 

Full details of this and all other employment opportunities at the Gallery can be viewed at our website www.npg.org.uk/jobs or requested by e-mailing: Personnel@npg.org.uk. Closing date for returned applications is 5.00pm Friday 10th April 2015. Please note that candidates will need to be available for interview on Wednesday 22nd April, 2015.  Please bear this in mind when applying and also please indicate on your form if you will be unavailable on this date.

The Gallery is committed to equality and is a member of the Employers’ Forum on Disability, Race for Opportunity and the Equality Exchange.

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