The AWP Internships programme provides recent graduates from the University of the Arts Widening Participation programme with internships at Common Practice and other respected arts organisations. This programme occurs annually and will be run again in 2014.
2012 AWP internships (full film)
Internships in the visual arts have had a bad press of late - often unpaid and with little or no structure, some internships can be at best useless, and at worst exploitative for those who take them on. On the other hand, small arts organisations often have very little money for staffing costs, and internships can allow them to take on less experienced staff for short periods, allowing for a broader programme than would otherwise be possible as well as valuable training and networking for the intern.
Artquest, working with Common Practice and the University of the Arts London (UAL) Widening Participation programme, have devised a set of high-quality, structured internships for recent graduates paid at above the London Living Wage. Interns get access to some of the capital's most innovative and respected visual arts organisations, and in return these small-scale companies receive extra staffing to work on specific forthcoming projects. Each organisation has provided an overview that candidates have applied for, and will work with them part-time over 6 months to realise these projects.
- A paid role, at above the London Living Wage, at one of the nine Common Practice organisations
- A mid-term review of progress halfway through their internship
- Induction and orientation from their host organisation
- An exit interview and evaluation
- A reference for future job and internship opportunities.
Afterall - a research and publishing organisation responsible for the Afterall journal, the One Work book series, the Exhibition Histories book series, and Afterall Critical Readers. Afterall focuses on contemporary art and its relation to a wider artistic, theoretical and social context. The intern will earn editing experience, discuss contemporary art with Afterall’s editorial team and gain an insight into the publishing process.
Electra - a London based contemporary art organisation which curates, commissions and produces projects by artists working across sound, moving image, performance and the visual arts. Through close dialogue with a range of venues and collaborators, Electra presents its projects across the UK and internationally, alongside a regular in house-programme in a project space next to its office.
Gasworks - a contemporary art organisation based in South London, housing artists' studios and offering a programme of exhibitions and events, artists’ residencies, international fellowships and participation projects. The intern will work directly with Triangle Network staff on network-wide projects, such as international artists' residencies and workshops, gaining an insight into the coordination of a dynamic global network of grass-roots arts organisations.
Part of Wandsworth Borough Council, Pump House Gallery is a public contemporary exhibition space housed in a distinctive four story grade I listed Victorian tower in Battersea Park, South London. The gallery’s programme has engagement at its core and delivers a broad range of projects, exhibitions and activities. Collaboration is central to Pump House Gallery’s programme, working in partnership with curators, artists and organisations to bring engaging contemporary art to the Wandsworth borough and beyond. Pump House Gallery seeks to create opportunities for artists to explore new ways of working that connects with social and civic spaces and opens the gallery up as a catalytic site for creativity, debate and exchange.
The Showroom - a contemporary art space focused on a collaborative and process-driven approach to the production of artwork, exhibitions, discussions, publications, knowledge and relationships. It is committed to supporting artists who have not previously had significant exposure in London.
Studio Voltaire - a leading independent contemporary arts organisation that exists to support artistic practices and create a space for thinking, experimentation and reflection; its main activities are the provision of affordable studios, a renowned programme of exhibitions, performances and commissions, and a pioneering education programme. The intern will support the trading activities of the organisation, to ensure smooth delivery of its output of artist editions as well as other trading and fundraising activities at its gallery base and offsite at Frieze.