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National Portrait Gallery intern

National Portrait Gallery intern

locationWarwickshire, UK
ExpiresExpires: 08/08/2022
Event Management / Curation

Location: Compton Verney House Charity

Salary: £10,000 for 6-months, full-time or 12 months part-time

Dates: September 2022 – September 2023 (part-time) or September 2022 – March 2023 (full-time)

Deadline: midday on Monday 8th August 2022


Are you interested in arts and culture and keen to learn more? Are you trying to break into the sector and looking for an opportunity to boost your skill set? 

The National Portrait Gallery is working with 12 partners across the UK as part of its Inspiring People Project in a Skills Sharing Programme, to explore questions around identity and representation and the relevance of portraits today. We are looking for an enthusiastic intern with an interest in portraits, history and people to help our partners deliver their cultural programmes.

This is a varied role that will help you gain an understanding of practice in the sector as well as insight into some fascinating collections. As part of the programme we are providing opportunities aimed at those who are new to the sector or have no previous sector experience.


This role will suit you if you:

  • Are thinking about a possible career in the cultural sector
  • Are excited about learning more about the sector, portraits, history and historic art collections
  • Have an interest in how museums and galleries operate

As part of the role you will get:

  • An opportunity to develop your professional skills and gain first-hand experience in museum and gallery practice at Compton Verney
  • Mentoring from staff at Compton Verney
  • The chance to learn about a range of different roles with an art gallery
  • The opportunity to participate in events at the National Portrait Gallery and to share your experiences with interns at other partner venues
  • Access to the Skills Sharing digital resource


The role will include:

Collections and exhibitions

  • You will learn about Compton Verney’s unique collections and best-practice in collections care and management
  • You will work with our Senior Curator, Curator and Collections and Exhibitions Managers on tasks related to the accession of Compton Verney’s newest collection – the Grantchester Miniatures, a collection of 70 historic portrait miniatures that has recently been given to Compton Verney. This will include learning how to use our collections database and carry out research into some of the works of art in our collections
  • You will work with the Curator to help deliver a redisplay of our British Portraits gallery, gaining practical experience of curatorial and administrative work including condition checking of works of art and art handling
  • You will have the chance to try out your ideas for sharing information about our collections more widely, especially on social media platforms. As part of this you will record audio about our collections to be uploaded to our page on the Bloomberg Connects app
  • Attend meetings about exhibitions and collections planning, gaining an insight into the interesting and varied work of our team across a range of projects

Learning and engagement

  • You will have the chance to gain hands-on events coordination experience, assisting our Learning and Engagement team with their school and family activities
  • You will work with the Learning and Engagement team to develop your own ideas for a workshop for children or young adults, gaining experience of planning a workshop from concept to delivery
  • You will assist the team with the coordination of public programme events such as exhibitions-related talks, tours and After Hours events

Marketing and communications

  • You will work with our marketing team to create engaging content for Compton Verney’s social media channels, gaining experience of social media management in a professional setting. This will include coming up with ideas for social media posts, writing text and taking photos and videos
  • You will have the chance to share your ideas for reaching audiences which are currently underrepresented at Compton Verney, including students and young people in the local area


What we are looking for

  • A willingness to learn and to try new things in a professional setting
  • Good interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Excellent time-management skills


Equal opportunities

This opportunity is open to all regardless of your gender, marital status, race, age, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religion and sexual orientation. We are committed to encouraging more people with disabilities to representation and the contemporary relevance of portraits today work with us. We guarantee you will be invited to an interview / recruitment session if you have a disability and you show on your application that you meet the minimum essential criteria for the role you are applying for. If you tell us that you have a disability we can make reasonable adjustments at interview, and, if you join us, to your employment arrangements.

Please make sure that you state in your application that you found this role via Creative Access.

Years of experience

  • Entry