Exhibition Assistant Internship

The Bulldog Trust has developed an internship programme to help individuals looking to gain skills and experience working in a museum or gallery environment. This paid internship will be based at Two Temple Place, headquarters of the Bulldog Trust, which becomes an exhibition venue for three months each year.

 

Role Description:

This internship will give the successful applicant valuable work experience and an insight into how exhibitions are organised, delivered and managed while open, in a small but busy exhibition space.

The intern will provide administrative and practical support to the Exhibition Coordinator and wider exhibition team, in the organisation and delivery of Two Temple Place’s 2019 exhibition, as well as helping to supervise the team of volunteers and the exhibition space once open to the public.

This is a full-time, 5 day a week paid internship. The candidate will be willing and enthusiastic to help with a wide range of tasks, supporting all members of the exhibition team with the organisation and delivery of the exhibition. They will be expected to work at weekends during the exhibition period and until 9.30pm on some Wednesdays, as part of our Wednesday Late openings.

 

Background:

The Bulldog Trust is a charitable trust that has given financial and advisory assistance to charities for over 25 years. The trust is housed within Two Temple Place, a magnificent late-Victorian mansion on the Embankment. In 2011 the Bulldog Trust started a project to host annual exhibitions at Two Temple Place and in October of that year opened its doors for the first time with the exhibition ‘William Morris: Story, Memory, Myth’. The exhibition programme has since continued to be enormously successful and has now attracted over 280,000 visitors to Two Temple Place.

We are now preparing to host our eighth exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth from 26th January until 22nd April 2019.  This ambitious exhibition, in partnership with The Guild of St George and Museums Sheffield, will position key objects from The Guild’s collection, alongside Ruskin’s contemporaries as well as newly commissioned material by contemporary artists, to explore how John Ruskin’s influence, throughout the arts, education, the economy and the environment, is still being felt today.

Further information is available on our website: www.twotempleplace.org

Responsibilities:

Exhibition planning & delivery:

  • Administrative support: collating and keeping up to date, object and artwork information, answering telephones and email enquiries, taking messages and relaying information where appropriate; minute taking at meetings.
  • Help prepare and order materials needed for the exhibition installation.
  • Prepare and keep maintain object and artwork information for transport companies and installation purposes.
  • Support Exhibition Coordinator in preparing for the installation of the exhibition e.g. creating object room lists; printing details of works for technicians; set up humidifiers and temperature controls.
  • Practical support to Exhibition Coordinator during the install; overseeing the work of a group of technicians; running errands; pick up additional installation materials.

 

During open months:

  • Monitor and record environmental conditions of the galleries.
  • Providing administrative and practical support across the exhibition team.
  • Managing the day-to-day running of the galleries and front of house team during public opening hours.
  • Making sure the galleries and Front of House areas are clean and tidy and that all relevant materials are in place.
  • Supervising and supporting volunteers during their shifts and delivering outstanding and friendly visitor service, in person, by phone and email.
  • Supervising shop sales, and accurately cashing up at the end of the day.
  • Support the exhibition events programme.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties and management may, at any time, allocate other tasks and responsibilities. As part of a small exhibitions team the candidate should be ready and willing to assist with all aspects of team planning, administration and operations.

 

Person Specification:

Essential attributes:

  • An interest in museums, galleries and exhibitions.
  • Enthusiastic, hardworking and helpful, with a proactive, ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Highly organised, with ability to prioritise varied and busy workload and ability to effectively manage work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as part of a small team.
  • Excellent attention to detail and high level of accuracy.
  • Personable, with a keen interest in people.
  • Good customer service skills and enthusiasm for working with volunteers and a wide range of visitors.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good computer literacy (Outlook, Excel, Word).
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as required by the exhibition schedule.

Desirable attributes:

  • Experience of working within museums and galleries.
  • Knowledge of museum/gallery UK environmental and display standards.

Employment Term: Mid-November 2018 to mid-May 2019
Remuneration: Salaried at London living wage

For further information and details on how to apply, please visit: https://twotempleplace.org/get-involved/vacancies/

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 28th September 2018

Interviews will be held: 11th & 12th October 2018

 

Equal Opportunities:

The Bulldog Trust is committed to providing equal opportunities without regard to race, religion, nationality, gender, sexuality, disability or age. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.