Curatorial Intern

Contract: Fixed term, 3 months

Start date: End of March / start of April 2024, to be negotiated with the successful applicant

Department: Programme

Salary: Aged 18-21: £1,399 per month; aged 21 and above: £1,859 per month

Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week, to include some evening and weekend work)

Location: Manchester

Reporting to: Curator

esea contemporary is seeking an intern to assist with and coordinate all exhibition and programme-related tasks. We welcome applicants with excellent organisational and communication abilities, who are eager to gain experience in a dynamic, multi-cultural work environment.

In collaboration with the Curator, you will work closely with the Programme team to aid in the planning and production of exhibitions, public events, and communications. This three-month internship in Manchester will provide you with the chance to gain practical experience in exhibition making, art handling, research, and project management.

To apply for this position, please submit:

- a CV, no more than 2 sides of A4;

- a cover letter, to specify why you are suitable for this role and how you meet the person specification, no more than 1 side of A4. Please also include your earliest start date;

- a completed Equality Monitoring Form.

Please email your application, subject ‘Opportunity: Curatorial Internship’, to Dot Zhihan Jia at dot@eseacontemporary.org by 5 pm on Sunday, 10 March, 2024.

Interviews will be held shortly after the closing date.


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Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new people, and develop new skills and knowledge. Get behind the scenes and gain experience working for a unique contemporary art space in the centre of Manchester.

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