Painting Conservation Internship (London, UK)

  • Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK
    Funded by City of London Corporation City Educational Trust
  • Duration – 6 months, October 2018 to April 2019 (tbc)
  • Stipend – GBP8,500
  • Deadline for applications – Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Interviews – Friday, July 20, 2018

Guildhall Art Gallery houses the City of London’s art collection. It is an accredited art gallery offering a lively exhibitions program to the public. The collection comprises over 4,500 oil paintings, works on paper and sculptures. Highlights include London topographical subjects from the 17th century to the present, Victorian paintings, civic and royal portraits from the 17th century onwards and the Sir Matthew Smith studio collection.

Guildhall Art Gallery is committed to supporting the professional development of recently graduated conservators and is pleased to have offered conservation internships since 2007. In this internship you will gain invaluable experience of working in a major art institution, learn about gallery practice and contribute to the daily activities of the conservation team.  Over six months, you will have the opportunity – under appropriate supervision – to carry out the examination, documentation and treatment of a painting or paintings from the collection required for exhibition or loan.

Our conservation team consists of a Senior Conservator (paintings), a Conservator (paintings) and a Lead Conservator (frames). You will be supervised by the Conservator (paintings) but will have the opportunity to work closely with all members of the conservation team.

The placement requires a strong practical ability to carry out conservation and restoration treatments of paintings and good problem-solving skills. You should have good learning skills, the ability to work effectively as part of a team and on your own, and be motivated to developing your career in paintings conservation.

Applicants should have recently obtained a recognised postgraduate qualification in paintings conservation. Preference will be given to graduates from UK training courses. Guildhall Art Gallery and the funders of this internship are obliged to confirm that every applicant has a right to work in the United Kingdom. This internship cannot be carried out on a student visa and requires the intern to hold the appropriate work visa for the duration of the placement.

Application forms are supplied upon request to

Please state ‘Painting Conservation Internship Application Request’ as the email subject.