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.
- 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.
Chisenhale Gallery - commissions solo exhibitions and runs a programme of public events including performances, film screenings and talks. Chisenhale Gallery is dedicated to increasing access to the visual arts through its artist-led, community and schools’ education programme. The intern will be working to support the Offsite and Education Organiser with a major summer project called Slow Boat involving the gallery’s youth forum Propeller.
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. Their intern will work on a solo exhibition at the South London Gallery by artists Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz. This involves the UK premiere of the artists’ new film TOXIC, alongside older works, and a dynamic live programme of talks, performances and screenings.
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.
Mute Publishing - produces critical analyses of art and technology rooted in practice and social awareness. The organisation has evolved around the production of Mute magazine, which was launched in 1994 and is presently published online and as a biannual journal. The intern will work on web development, with an emphasis on user navigation, audience engagement, and e-commerce.
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. The intern will be working on event, press and marketing and production support related to The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON, Beatrice Gibson: The Tiger's Mind and Mark Fisher: On Vanishing Land projects, as well as assisting with gallery administration.
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.