Painting Conservator Internship 2021-2022

The Heritage Council, the National Gallery of Ireland and the Hugh Lane Gallery are offering an Internship in Painting Conservation.

The National Gallery of Ireland is the country’s most popular free visitor attraction housing the nation’s collection of European and Irish art from about 1300 to the present day, and an extensive Library & Archive. Nominated for European Museum of the Year (2018), and winner of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Culture-Public Building award (2018), the Gallery continues its mission of serving our visitors in their enrichment and enjoyment of visual art. Entry to the collection is free for all to enjoy, learn and be inspired.

The Hugh Lane Gallery was founded in 1908 and has an internationally acclaimed collection of some 2,300 artworks, including 900 paintings along with Francis Bacon’s studio and archive. Among these are major works dating from the nineteenth century by artists such as Monet, Renoir and Degas, plus an increasing body of exceptional modern and contemporary paintings by artists such as Louis Le Brocquy, Francis Bacon, Philip Guston and Seán Scully. The Gallery regularly contributes artworks to exhibitions worldwide, and participates in the cultural life of Dublin with dynamic exhibition and education programmes of its own.

Candidates should note that they will have the opportunity to work at the National Gallery of Ireland for 6 months and at the Hugh Lane Gallery for the remaining 6 months under the supervision of the head of Conservation of the National Gallery and of the Hugh Lane Gallery. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a career in Painting Conservation. This Internship will offer experience on works of art dated from the XVI century to contemporary collections, in a range of tasks associated with these two major cultural institutions.

The successful candidate will:

  • Survey and monitor the conditions of the painting collection of works on canvas, panel and composite materials.
  • Propose conservation treatments for works on canvas, panel and composite materials.
  • Carry out preservation and conservation treatments on works on canvas, panel and composite materials.
  • Assist conservation departments with surveying acquisitions, outgoing and incoming loans.
  • Prepare paintings for exhibitions, loans and displays.
  • Update and provide conservation documentation on all conservation treatments undertaken.
  • Participate in departmental meetings and activities.
  • Comply with health and safety guidelines.
  • Complete any other duties as required.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications, knowledge, talent and skills:

  • A recognised Painting Conservation qualification (A recent graduate preferably within the last two years).
  • Excellent organisation and planning skills coupled with an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong research and analytical skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in all MS Office packages and databases.
  • An ability to work on own initiative whilst being part of an effective team.
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm to contribute to raising awareness about the preservation and conservation activities in a Conservation Department.
  • Have an interest in conservation in Ireland.

Note: This internship description is a guide to broad areas of development and should not be regarded as a comprehensive listing. The internship developmental opportunities may be subject to review in the view of new structures and / or the changing needs of the Gallery. All employees, including interns, are required to be compliant with the Gallery screening and security procedures.
Candidates must be eligible to work in Ireland.

Grade and Salary: Salary will be in accordance with point 1 of the Assistant Keeper II Salary Scale (PPC), currently €32,821 per annum. Candidates should note the National Gallery of Ireland complies with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regulations and guidelines on Public Service pay and conditions of employment.

Candidates should note the National Gallery of Ireland complies with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regulations and guidelines on Public Service pay and conditions of employment.

Contract duration: 12-month Fixed Term contract

Working hours: Full time, 5 days a week - 37 hours per week (net of breaks). This role will require a presence onsite at the Hugh Lane and at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 26 October 2021

Interviews will be held week commencing: 01 November 2021

Apply Now via the National Gallery Website