AWP Internships is an annual internship scheme that places recent graduates from University of the Arts London in high-quality internships at some of London’s most respected small scale arts organisations.
Unpaid internships block learning opportunities for all but the most advantaged sector of society, who can afford to work for free. The AWP Internships programme aims to level the playing field, placing UAL’s recent Outreach graduates in paid roles to ensure diversity and equality of access to jobs in the visual arts.
Artquest 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 48 days (approximately 6 months) to realise these projects.
Visit the AWP Internships archive page to find out more about the experience of interns from previous years. The programme was shaped by our literature review and report, Intern Culture, commissioned by Artquest and written by Sophie Hope and Joanna Figiel.
Each intern receives
- A paid role at some of London’s most respected small scale arts organisations (paid above the London Living Wage at £9.80 per hour)
- Paid annual leave
- 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.
AWP Internships are supported by the UAL Outreach programme and applicants must be from this background. To apply for an AWP Internship, you must:
- Be graduating from a BA course from one of University Arts London colleges finishing in the year of the internship. Those completing MA or other higher courses are not eligible for the AWP programme
- Not enrolled on any course of study during the period of the internship
- Come from a family where neither parent has been to University
- Qualify as home students. We cannot support work visa applications
You will not be able to apply for these internships if you do not meet all of the above criteria. If you have any questions about whether you meet these please email Nick Kaplony.
- Deadline for applications: 10am Monday 10th July 2017
- Interviews: from 31st July 2017 onwards
- Internships begin: August 2017 onwards
How to Apply
Application for these internships is via our online Application form which you can access here. Make sure you have read through the different organisations participating in the internship scheme and the different roles they offer below. We also recommend that you read our online material on internships. Apply for this year’s AWP internship scheme here.
There are a 13 internships available as part of the 2017 scheme. Listed below are introductions to each of the organisations offering them and a downloadable document that describes the specific intern role, what it will involve, the skills and qualities the organisations are looking for. You can also download all of the Internship Role Descriptions in one document at this link : AWP Internships 2017 ALL Internship Role Descriptions
Please note it is possible to apply for more than one role, but you need to make a strong individual case for why you want to apply for each specific internship.
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.
An artist run organisation that commissions and produces new work – collaborating directly with emerging artists. Founded in 2007, it aims to provide a framework for developing alternative approaches to production and exhibition formats.
Cinenova is a non-profit organisation dedicated to distributing films and videos made by women. Formed in 1991 from the merger of two feminist distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, Cinenova provides the means to discover and watch experimental films, narrative feature films, artists film and video, documentary and educational videos.
Cubitt Gallery and Studios is an Arts Council-funded artist-led organisation in Angel, Islington. Comprising of an internationally-recognised contemporary art gallery, 30 studios for professional artists, and a local education programme, Cubitt is a unique hub for the development in curatorial, artistic and educational practice in the visual arts.
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.
Founded in 1946, the ICA is a membership institute that promotes and encourages an understanding of radical art and culture. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, talks and events, the ICA examines recent impulses in artistic production while stimulating debate surrounding the arts. With its critically-acclaimed exhibition and film programme, as well as its Off-Site and Touring strands, the ICA continues to engage new generations of artists and audiences alike.
Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is an evolving, radical visual arts organisation dedicated to developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation.
New Contemporaries is the leading organisation supporting emergent art practice from UK art schools. Since 1949 New Contemporaries has consistently provided a critical platform for new and recent fine art graduates primarily by means of an annual, nationally touring exhibition. Independent of place and democratic to the core, New Contemporaries is open to all. Participants are selected by a panel comprising influential art figures including curators, writers, and artists often who have themselves previously been a part of the New Contemporaries, and a rigorous process that considers the work within a broad cultural context
Peckham Platform is a young, ambitious charity championing social arts practice in one of London’s most vibrant communities. Peckham Platform believes communities can inform and shape their engagement with their locality by working with contemporary visual artists. They promote this vision through a co-commissioning model that brings together artists and community groups from Peckham’s diverse community to co-create new and participatory artworks for the public exhibition.
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.
As well as supporting smaller arts organisations, Artquest is working with the Tate (Schools and Teachers team, Learning Department) and supporting them in the recruitment of paid interns who have come through the Outreach programme at University of the Arts London.
The AWP Internship programme is funded by UAL’s Outreach programme, which encourages students who are the first generation attending HE in their families or from low socio-economic backgrounds to go to higher education. It works with schools and FE colleges across London, with around 97% of young people coming through the programme going on to attend an HE course, and around 30% coming to UAL. The programme is funded in proportion to new, higher HE fees paid to UAL – the more full-fee paying students attending UAL, the larger the budget to work with Outreach programme students.