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1 Short Internship Program (SIP) Griffith Artworks

2 About Griffith Artworks (GAW) Griffith Artworks is made up of two main sections; the Griffith University Art Collection (GUAC) and the Griffith University Art Gallery (GUAG). Our organisation provides cultural asset management, curatorial services and research publication service provision to the Queensland College of Art and Griffith University on five campus areas between the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

3 In March 2010, Griffith Artworks launched the Short Internship Program (SIP). The program was designed to offer Griffith students and alumni professional experience in the area of Collection Management. It was also designed to help Griffith Artworks staff deal with a large backlog of collection tasks. SIP History …

4 In order to offer a breadth of experience, the 2012 SIP has been expanded to include time with the collection (GUAC) and gallery (GUAG) sections of GAW. The 12 week program will now include: Weeks 1 to 8 – Collections work at Nathan Campus Weeks 9 and 10 – On Campus Exhibition Program (OCEP) Week 11 – Griffith University Art Gallery (GUAG) at South bank Week 12 – Gallery Opening at South bank Internship Timetable

5 Collections Management While at Nathan Campus interns will complete a structured timetable designed to provide a basic introduction to Collections Management. Supervising staff member: Camille Serisier Curatorial and Collections Officer Tasks may include:  Condition reporting  KE EMu basic training  Artwork storage  Basic conservation  Artist file maintenance  Essay writing

6 Conservation There are various factors that can affect artworks. Here Alex Forrest (SIP 2011) is being shown how to clean and treat artwork. This is a basic form of conservation.

7 Archiving, Storage and Maintenance There are over 4000 objects in the Griffith University Art Collection. Interns learn how to store and handle different types of objects. They also learn about basic storage environment standards for temperature control. Here Lisa Bryan-Brown (SIP 2010) is assisting with Stock Take.

8 Collection Essay Each intern drafts an essay about a work in the collection, which a member of the curatorial team subsequently helps to edit. The results are then published within the on-line catalogue. Nicola Scott (SIP 2011) is pictured here researching her essay.

9 Condition Reporting Interns are taught how to condition report objects in the collection. This includes learning how to safely handle and store works. Here Yavuz Erkan (Volunteer 2011) is condition reporting a collection print.

10 On Campus Exhibition Program (OCEP) During this section of the timetable, interns will travel to different campus locations to install temporary displays. Supervising staff member: Jo Duke Art Collection Manager Tasks may include:  Preparing work for transport  Preparing work kits for OCEP  Learning to hang works on track hanging systems

11 On Campus Exhibition Program (OCEP) Griffith Artworks administers the On Campus Exhibition Program (OCEP) on over 140 sites across all five campuses. Interns are given the opportunity to assist a staff member with an OCEP hang. Here Alex Forrest (SIP 2011) is hanging collection works at Logan Campus.

12 Griffith University Art Gallery (GUAG) Interns will spend one day working at South Bank campus in the Griffith University Art Gallery. Supervising staff member: Chris Bennie Exhibitions and Public Programs Officer Tasks may include:  Exhibition install or demount  Exhibition preparation  Gallery administration  Assistance with educational talks or workshops

13 Gallery Opening at Griffith University Art Gallery (GUAG) For this project interns will work at Southbank campus in the Griffith University Art Gallery. Supervising staff members: Karen La Rocca, Administrator and Chris Bennie Tasks may include:  Front of House Induction  Recording gallery attendance  Ensuring visitor and art work safety

14 Upon successful completion of the Internship, each Intern will be offered a letter of reference and certificate of completion outlining the tasks performed and training completed. Reference

15 Past Interns Using the skills and experience acquired during SIP, past interns have gone on to gain employment in the industry. Positions include:  Cultural Services Projects Officer - Logan Art Gallery  Special Projects Officer – Griffith Artworks  Exhibition Installer – Griffith Artworks, Museum of Brisbane, State Library of Queensland and University of Queensland Art Museum  Additional Industry Internships - Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory  Director – Artist-run Initiative  Arts Administrator – Artisan  Guest Curator – Queensland Contemporary Centre of Photography  Research Assistant – UQ Art Theory Senior Academic  Framer – Chapman and Bailey Many interns have also continued to volunteer with Griffith Artworks after their internship, assisting staff with on-going collections projects.

16 2012 Internship Schedule Intern timeslots Session 1 25 March – 15 June Session 221 May – 10 August Session 316 July – 5 October Session 410 September – 30 November Based on feedback provided by students Griffith Artworks will be extending the length of the internship to 12 weeks in 2012.

17 What do we look for … This is a serious industry internship. It is with careful consideration and assessment that each intern is invited into the Griffith Artworks (GAW) workplace. Applications are rigorously assessed by our team. Please take time to complete your application and contact us if you have any questions or concerns. The following points are not requirements, they merely provide a basic outline of things that you could include in your application. Past interns have had a breadth of experience and skills, which have all led to their acceptance into the program.

18 Demonstrated Level of Career Ambition SIP is a valuable opportunity for outstanding QCA students and alumni to gain valuable experience, which will aid individual growth and career objectives. Areas of career ambitions may include;  Arts Administration  Collections Management  Curatorship  Gallery and Museum Services  Conservation  Exhibition Installation

19 OH&S Awareness You should have a reasonable knowledge and understanding of Occupational Health and Safety procedures. Due to the nature of the work there are many OH & S items staff must be aware of, and procedures that must be followed in daily operations, such as:  Manual Handling  Safe Lifting It is an expectation that ALL interns undergo the following on-line courses before commencing their internship with Griffith Artworks:  Annual Fire Safety Instruction  Basic Manual Handling

20 Previous Volunteer Experience This may include, but is not limited too;  Volunteer or paid work at a regional gallery  Volunteer or paid work at an arts organisation  Volunteer or paid work at a commercial gallery  Volunteer positions with student committees  Voluntary Committee contributions to artist run initiatives

21 Why should you apply? Volunteer positions do not guarantee paid work. However through diligence, patience and a good work ethic it is possible to gain valuable experience that will give you an edge in your chosen career and hopefully lead to paid positions in the future. Volunteering for an organisation provides the opportunity to learn new skills and gain access to industry professionals in your area. You should treat the opportunity to volunteer at an organisation as though it was a paid position. Your efforts will be noticed.

22 Assessment To maintain a transparent and fair application process, each application is assessed and ranked independently by different GAW staff members. The application process is divided into two sections.

23 Round One This round includes all applications submitted to the program. Each application is given a rank based on the following; 1.Expression of interest letter 2.Resume indicating work and volunteer experience 3.Professional referee recommendations 4.Application form

24 Round Two This round includes the 8 highest ranked applications from round One. These applicants are asked to write a short 500 word essay on a work from the on-line catalogue and attend an interview. Each application is ranked based on the following: 1.Essay 2.Interview

25 Your Application There are various websites available that provide guidelines and examples for producing professional letters of application and Resumes. For example: Griffith University careerone.com.au

26 How to Apply All applications must be received by Wednesday 14 March. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants can , mail or fax their applications to: Karen La Rocca Administrator Griffith Artworks Griffith University 170 Kessels Road NATHAN Fax Number All applications will be assessed by Griffith Artworks staff, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.


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