The National Gallery and the Art Fund have announced that Ferens Art Gallery, Hull and Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland are the latest organisations set to benefit from two new fully funded curatorial traineeships.
These have been made possible through the National Gallery Curatorial Traineeship Programme supported by the Art Fund with the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation.
The two trainees, Lucy West and Sylvie Broussine, have been based at the National Gallery, London, since September 2015, where they are spending time before moving to take up their respective positions in Hull and Bishop Auckland in spring 2016.
Launched in 2011, the traineeships were jointly established by the National Gallery and the Art Fund to address the need for object- and collections-based expertise.
The programme invited applications from galleries and museums during early 2015. Following the selection of Ferens Art Gallery and Auckland Castle, a panel convened during July to select the curatorial trainees.
These new traineeships follow successful projects at York Art Gallery and Birmingham Museums Trust, where the previous curatorial trainees Eloise Donnelly and Helen Hillyard were involved in the research and curation of a display and rehang. Their training has significantly contributed to the expertise needed to work with Old Master painting collections in the future.
The 2011 inaugural trainees, Henrietta Ward and Pippa Stephenson, were placed at Manchester Art Gallery and the Laing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Henrietta was Curatorial Fellow at Dulwich Picture Gallery and is now Assistant Keeper, Paintings, Drawings and Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, while Pippa is Curator of European Art at Glasgow Museums.
Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, said, “We are delighted with the success of the programme so far. Our aim is to help regional museums maintain a high level of curatorial excellence and to support new talent in the field. We are enjoying working with the new trainees at the Gallery and look forward to working alongside Hull and Bishop Auckland once they take up their posts.”
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: “I’m delighted by the success of the curatorial traineeships scheme. It’s an important form of investment in curatorial expertise generally, especially in museums outside London, but it’s also about supporting individual careers and unlocking talent and potential. I wish the newly appointed trainees every success in their forthcoming projects, and beyond.”
(from a press release)