AWP Hybrid Internships: a pilot
Developing our AWP Internships for the COVID-19 / coronavirus age of physical distancing and working from home, this pilot aims to test and refine guidance for partly remote arts internships, ensure equal access to the graduate job market, and provide vital staff support to some of London’s most respected small-scale arts organisations.
With the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020 we were forced to rethink how we could run our AWP Internships project. We commissioned Dr Charlotte Webb of the University of the Arts London (UAL) Creative Computing Institute to research and imagine models for wholly remote or mixed-model (‘hybrid‘) internships, where interns would work partly at home and partly in the office as safety restrictions allow. The resulting document, An Exploratory Guide for Hybrid Internships in Small Scale Arts Organisations, suggested a structure for arts organsiations to follow as they look to support new graduates emerging into the most challenging job market in living memory. The AWP Hybrid Internships pilot will test and refine this structure, with robust guidelines published on our website when these have been evaluated.
The AWP Hybrid Internships pilot builds on our successful AWP Internships project, which, since 2011, has delivered high-quality internships for recent UAL graduates at some of London’s most respected small-scale arts organisations.
Applications for internships are now open to 2020 graduates from any UAL course who fit the eligibility criteria. Deadline: 15 February 2021
We define a hybrid internship as one that is delivered partly remotely: where an intern works, learns and is managed through a combination of digital technologies alongside physically distanced contact where possible. There is a presumption that part of the internship will be delivered in person where legal restrictions and personal circumstances allow. Where circumstances or restrictions do not allow, the internship can be delivered entirely remotely.
It is an inherently flexible model that works within the changing limitations of staff health and wellbeing, the necessity for sheilding, and the UK Government’s tiered model of restrictions, while providing the equipment and digital access required for an intern to experience an excellent start in their arts career.
Unpaid internships block future opportunities for all but the most advantaged people in society who can afford to work for free. As with AWP Internships, this pilot programme aims to level the playing field, placing UAL’s recent Outreach graduates in paid roles to ensure equality of access to further jobs in the visual arts.
The pilot is specifically aimed at supporting new graduates under-represented in the arts who would be unable to begin a career without paid employment at the start of their career – those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply. You must:
- Be a UK home student
- Have graduated from a BA course at one of UAL’s colleges in 2020. Those completing MA or other higher courses, and those who graduated in previous years, are not eligible to take part.
- Not be enrolled on any course of study during the period of the internship, or intend to enroll on a course while the internship takes place.
- Be a graduate whose primary caregivers did not attend any higher education institution
- Have received a full maintenance loan while studying
The programme actively promotes diversity amongst staff working in the visual arts. Applications from graduates with lived experience of racism and other forms of structural discrimination are particularly encouraged to apply.
Who are the host organisations?
While the full AWP Internships programme usually runs 11-13 internships, this pilot will support three internships at Flat Time House, Forma, and Gasworks, all in London.
Flat Time House (FTHo) was the studio home of John Latham (1921-2006), recognised as one of the most significant and influential British post-war artists. In 2003, Latham declared the house a living sculpture, naming it FTHo after his theory of ‘Flat Time’. Until his death, Latham opened his door to anyone interested in thinking about art. It is in this spirit that Flat Time House opened in 2008 as a gallery with a programme of exhibitions and events exploring Latham’s practice, theoretical ideas and their continued relevance. It also provides a centre for alternative learning, which includes the John Latham Archive and an artist’s residency space.
Forma Arts is one of Europe’s leading visual arts commissioning agencies and creative producers, working in collaboration with artists, communities and partner organisations to deliver ambitious art projects for the benefit of the general public. Characterised by excellence in concept and context, production values, and the audience experience, Forma imagines, enables, and delivers celebrated art projects by exceptional artists.
Gasworks is a contemporary art organisation based in south London, housing artist studios and offering a programme of exhibitions and events, artists’ residencies, international fellowships and participation projects. The intern will work 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.
Triangle Network is a global network of artists and visual arts organisations that support professional development and cultural exchange amongst artists, curators, and other arts professionals throughout the world. Triangle provides opportunities for artists to connect with each other, make new work, and build their practice through workshops, residencies, events, exhibitions, work placements, and studio provision.
Please note that while we aim for the job descriptions to be as accurate as possible, situations might change due to imposing or lifting restrictions alongside other factors. Any significant alterations to the internship structure or job description will be made in agreement with the intern.
What is included in the internship?
Each intern will receive:
- A paid role for 48 days over 6 months (equivalent to 2 days per week, with hours and days negotiable between the intern and host organisation) at some of London’s most respected small scale arts organisations
- Pay above the London Living Wage – set for 2021 at £11.45 per hour
- A clearly defined job description
- Induction and orientation from their host organisation
- The support from a mentor to help guide you through the internship
- Five days of paid annual leave
- A review of progress halfway through their internship
- An exit interview and evaluation
- A reference for future job and internship opportunities.
- Call for applications opens: Thursday 21 January 2021
- Deadline for applications: Monday 15 February, 10 am
- Interviews take place: 15 March – 9 April
- Internships starts: on agreement between intern and host organisation, expected March – April 2021
- Internships run for six months from the start date (approximately to September or October 2021, depending on start date)
To apply for the AWP Hybrid Internship please:
- save time: first check that you are eligible
- make sure you understand and are interested in our proposed model for hybrid internships
- take a look at the Project Descriptions (PDF) for the three roles available in the pilot. AWP Internships usually places 11-13 interns, but our pilot for a new hybrid model is smaller.
- eligible applicants should complete an online application form or get in touch if online applications present a barrier to discuss alternative application arrangements
The AWP Hybrid Internship pilot programme is funded by Artquest from core funds, with generous contributions in-kind from host organisations.