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Curatorial Intern, Displays

If you have excellent organisational skills and a love for artistic and cul

London living wage

Application deadline: April 16th 2019

Tate aims to be the most artistically adventurous and culturally inclusive global art museum. They deliver this aim through activities in their four galleries across the UK (Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, Tate Britain and Tate Modern), their digital platforms and collaborations with their national and international partners.

They are looking for a Curatorial Intern to assist with their Displays team –  the department responsible for delivering the programme and displays at Tate Britain as well as researching and building Tate’s Collection of British art. Working with the Assistant Curator, Displays, you will be supporting a constant dialogue with Tate’s Digital and Learning departments and will primarily be involved in the delivery of the rehang of the Collection displays at Tate Britain in 2020. The key responsibilities of the role include assisting in research, development and administration of new commissions by contemporary artists as well as historic cultural material presented within the collection.

During your internship, you will have the opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting gallery work nationally and internationally in a really stimulating environment. This will, in turn, give you a number of formal and informal learning opportunities that will assist you with your future career.


  • Ability to undertake a wide range of curatorial research tasks
  • Develop an understanding of the principles of equality and diversity as they affect the work of a major museum, and experience of applying these in display and interpretation strategies
  • Gain insight into the functioning of a large matrix organisation and the exhibition and displays processes in this context
  • You will receive training in The Museum System (TMS): the digital database that many international museums use to manage their collections, displays and exhibitions
  • You will receive training in Records Management to gain a clear understanding of the filing and archiving procedures at Tate
  • You will receive training to create scaled plans for exhibitions and displays including Sketch-Up


  • Identifying, collecting and retrieving texts and other research materials in support of the curators’ research
  • Assisting with the writing and editing of captions and wall labels
  • Sourcing image rights and permissions including rights for songs and sound material that might be included in collection displays
  • Researching historical texts and quotes for interpretation purposes
  • Organising and maintaining other research materials; lists of works and the scaled images and model essential to the development of displays
  • Organising and maintaining digital and paper files relating to all aspects of the rehang and its development
  • Take forward an area of research relating to the rehang of the collection


  • Demonstrate that you will benefit from the opportunity and how it will help you to build a better future
  • Be willing to learn
  • Be enthusiastic and have a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Have great attention to detail
  • Be dependable, work hard and be committed to getting the job done
  • Have the ability to communicate clearly
  • Work well with other people and as part of a team
  • Be adaptable and flexible when dealing with different tasks
  • Be able to think clearly, respond calmly when problems arise and contribute to solutions
  • Make a commitment for the whole internship placement
  • Have an interest in British social history and its visual culture
  • Have an interest in discovering the behind the scenes of exhibition and display-making


  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)
  • This internship is only open to candidates from a BAME or lower socio-economic background
  • Do not contact the company directly


London SW1P 4RG