Creative Access
Curatorial trainee

Curatorial trainee

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 30/06/2024
Event Management / Curation
Application RestrictionsBlack, Asian and Ethnically Diverse | Lower Socio-Economic Status | Disabled | Undergoing gender reassignment

Closing date for applications: 30th June 2024 at 11.59pm

Bursary: London Living Wage equivalent

Probationary period: 6 weeks 

Duration: 1-year fixed term, 3 days per week (exact days to be discussed at interview stage)

Start date: September 2024


In this traineeship, you will play an integral role in a team that works with museums across the UK to develop their collections through the acquisition of contemporary art. Over 10,500 works of fine art and craft have been donated to public collections since this foundation in 1910.

The Contemporary Art Society exists to encourage an appreciation and understanding of contemporary art by a wide audience and to donate works by important and new artists to museums and public galleries across the UK.

This traineeship is offered in the Contemporary Art Society's Museum Acquisitions Team, which is responsible for delivering the organisation’s core mission and working with 78 museums to acquire new works of modern and contemporary art for their collections. The trainee will assist the Senior Curator, Museum Acquisitions in the delivery of the Fine Art and Craft Acquisition Schemes and the Special Projects which include Valeria Napoleone XX, Griffin Award and the Collections Fund at Frieze. The trainee will also support the Continuous Professional Development programme which supports curators across the UK. The curatorial trainee will also work with the Director on Gifts and Bequests.

The curatorial trainee will play an integral role within a small departmental team that works with museums, galleries and artists to commission and collect contemporary art.


What you will learn

  • How to manage the day to day administration of the Contemporary Art Society’s Fine Art and Craft Acquisition Schemes and Museum Membership and Gifts and Bequests
  • To assist with the organisation and delivery of the Continuous Professional Development Programme for museum professionals, including assisting with events and database management 
  • To write and update online content about the Contemporary Art Society’s curatorial work including image and copyright clearance 
  • To research and produce texts about Fine Art and Craft acquisitions made by the Contemporary Art Society within the financial year for the acquisitions booklet
  • To work with the programming team to contribute towards strategic programming ideas that meet the aims and objectives of the charity in relation to its mission
  • To update and manage the Contemporary Art Society’s collections management database and computer filing systems
  • To respond to external enquiries effectively and efficiently.


Knowledge, skills & experience that will help you in this role

  • BA in Art History / Cultural Studies / Curating or other relevant subject
  • Knowledge of contemporary visual art and artists
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills, including the ability to prioritise work
  • An interest in museums and collections 
  • Excellent IT skills, including the use of audio and video editing software, word processing, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Database and email applications
  • Ability to work effectively on own initiative and as part of multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to lead on researching, developing and delivering projects as required
  • Excellent communications skills 
  • Well organised and able to work on several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Effective written communication skills.


To apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will not be accepted)
  • Once submitted, you can no longer amend your application, so proof-read carefully
  • Do not contact the company directly
  • Please email any queries about this role to Creative Access at this address:


This opportunity is only open to individuals from a group that is under-represented in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, disabled people, those undergoing gender reassignment / transitioning and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

The successful candidate for this opportunity will also participate in a Creative Access support programme that sits alongside workplace training. This includes a programme of induction training, monthly masterclasses, wellbeing support, buddying / mentoring and more.

Level of experience

  • Entry