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Gallery Internship

Gallery Internship
Exhibitions, Education and Public Programmes

The Organistation

Athlone Arts and Tourism is an umbrella management company established by Westmeath CountyCouncil to drive the development and operation of key arts and heritage sites in Athlone Town, namely:Athlone Castle Visitor Centre, Luan Gallery and Abbey Road Artists Studios. Athlone Arts & Tourism is seeking to appoint a Luan Gallery Intern to work in the areas of Exhibitions, Operations and Public Programmes.

Details and particulars of the post are set out hereunder:

The Role

Athlone’s contemporary visual art gallery, Luan Gallery, is of major significance to the cultural landscape of Athlone and the midlands region. A vacancy exists for an enthusiastic and motivated intern to join Athlone Arts and Tourism in this exciting role. The intern will gain practical experience in a fast-paced environment that combines contemporary art and active community participation.

Post Title: Gallery intern - Exhibitions, Operations and Public Programmes

Duration: 9 months

Employer: Athlone Arts and Tourism

Department: Luan Gallery

Type: Unpaid Internship, €50.00 weekly expense stipend offered (paid fortnightly).

Reporting to: Katriona Gillespie, Visual Art Coordinator, Luan Gallery

Responsible to: Carmel Duffy, Company Manager, Athlone Arts and Tourism
Aedín McGinn, Curator and Assistant Manager, Athlone Arts and Tourism

Summary: Luan Gallery operates as the midlands municipal visual art gallery promoting visual art viewing, engagement and learning. Luan Gallery does not house a permanent collection, but rather turns over exhibitions every two months presenting an exciting and diverse annual visual art and education programme.
Luan Gallery promotes an active and varied exhibitions programme, representing works in an assortment of media by artists based both nationally and internationally. While a portion of the programme isdedicated to showcasing artistic talents from the midlands region, an equal emphasis is put on the importance of bringing work of national and international focus to the local audience. The gallery is housed in the elegantly restored former father Mathew Temperance Hall which was officially opened in November 2012 following extensive works by Keith Williams architects. Luan Gallery is keen to develop its offerings in the area of education and outreach to new audiences while continuing to provide enjoyable programmes for its existing audiences.

THE ROLE

Job Purpose: Reporting to the Visual Art Coordinator, the intern will assist in the day-to-day operation and delivery of Luan Gallery’s exhibitions, operations and public programmes.

Key duties and responsibilities:

1. EXHIBITIONS:

  1. Support the Visual Art Coordinator in the development and delivery of exhibitions,operations and public programme activities, providing administrative support as required.
  2. Assist with the organisation and coordination of exhibitions and events.
  3. Assist with the installation and de-installation of exhibitions.
  4. Assist with researching and devising tour content relating to exhibitions.
  5. Assist liaising with artists, agents, transport companies, speakers, writers and others.

2. OPERATIONS:

  1. The intern will be given administrative responsibilities, including database development and upkeep, tabulating and collating paperwork relating to programmes, evaluations, mailings, and other administrative responsibilities that arise relating to Luan Gallery’s operation.
  2. Collect and collate statistics and feedback, ongoing evaluation of exhibitions, education and outreach.
  3. Maintain and update mailing lists, and distribute invitations, posters and other promotional material.
  4. Assist in writing press releases and assist in arranging press for events, launches, programmes.
  5. Be responsible for documenting own activities during the internship including maintaining a work journal.
  6. Report any security issues to the Curator and/or Company Staff as appropriate.
  7. Welcome visitors and maintain high standards of customer care. Completing front of house duties.
  8. Actively promote the venue, sister properties, town and company.
  9. Actively promote sales of workshops, programmes, merchandise and art work and complete all admin and follow up relating to same.

3. PUBLIC PROGRAMMES:

  1. The intern will be given responsibilities relating to special and ongoing events as part of the Gallery’s programme.
  2. Contribute to the development of Education and Outreach programmes through research and the development and delivery of content.
  3. Contribute to the development and delivery of public talks, workshops, tours, courses, and websites.
  4. Book and administer staffing for delivery of tours, workshops, events, programmes, etc.
  5. Assist with the advertisement and promotion of events and programmes, communicate with local, regional and national press including online media outlets, taking an active role in audience development..

Any other duties as required by the Manager, Curator or Visual Art Coordinator commensurate with the internship.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Work Environment

  • Planning involves setting priorities, setting long and short term goals in agreement with Visual Art Coordinator and supervising staff
  • Work in a variety of environments including working in an office, in the gallery, in education/multifunction rooms, at artists’ studio facilities and on offsite programmes
  • Physical demands of the internship include standing, walking, delivering workshops, art handling, manual handling, packing, wrapping and condition checking art works, photography and carrying objects
  • The successful candidate will be expected to work between 9.30am and 5.30pm; days to be arranged with successful candidate
  • Work on weekends will be required, work on occasional evenings will be required

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifications

Desirable:

  • Minimum second class honours qualification (or equivalent) from a third level institution in an art, art management, art administration, education or creative discipline
  • Enrolment or acceptance on a relevant post graduate course leading to Masters level (or higher) qualification

Experience and Knowledge

Essential:

  • Desire to work in a gallery environment
  • Passion for visual art and interest in gallery education and outreach
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluent English
  • Competent Computer skills –Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook etc
  • Developed research skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Flexibility relating to tasks, location of work and scheduled hours

Desirable:

  • Desire to work with schools and community organisations
  • Knowledge of Gallery environments and programming
  • Experience of programme/event development and delivery
  • Experience of coordinating exhibitions or similar events
  • Experience delivering excellent customer services
  • Sales experience
  • Public speaking experience
  • Developed understanding of education and cultural issues
  • Experience creating online multimedia content (podcasts, videos)
  • Computer/Design skills –Google calendar/docs, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, etc.

Personal Qualities and Skills

Essential:

  • Highly organised and efficient worker
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Passionate about visual art
  • Knowledgeable about Irish art

LEARNER OUTCOME

The intern will gain practical experience in the day-to-day operation and delivery of Luan Gallery’s exhibitions, operations and public programmes. The intern will receive training in delivering exhibition tours and workshops to a variety of audiences and learn how to programme and promote the same. On completion, the intern will have attained skills relating to working in a gallery environment, working as an arts facilitator, in arts programming and in arts marketing. The intern will work closely with the visual art coordinator and learn how exhibitions are organised, administrated and curated. The intern will work with a variety of people including artists, schools and community groups. The intern will gain practical experience in every aspect of operating a municipal visual art gallery and developing and delivering its associated public programmes.

The ideal candidate will be highly organised and efficient with the ability to work to deadlines. They will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills; have a passion for visual art and knowledge of the Irish art scene. They will have a demonstrable interest in gallery education and outreach, developed research skills and the ability to work independently or in a team.

APPLICATION

Applicants to send 2 x copies of:

  • a cover letter outlining interest and suitability to internship and
  • Curriculum Vitae (including 2 x references)

No later than 4 pm on Monday 28th August to:

Katriona Gillespie, Visual Art Coordinator, Luan Gallery, Grace Road, Athlone

QUERIES

Queries and requests for further information should be addressed to Luan Gallery on 0906442154 or

info@luangallery.ie