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*Internship* Exhibition Assistant

 

This is a one week placement opportunity from Tuesday 27th to Saturday 1st December 2018.

The Intern will work alongside the team of Producers to deliver and support the Wild City exhibition and its Public Programme at Mansions of the Future, a 3-year programme of artistic commissions supported by the Arts Council Ambition for Excellence fund. We work together with communities and world-class socially engaged artists using a variety of art forms to explore power and democracy from Lincoln.

Wild City is an exhibition that explores the wild world we share, how this world has adapted to our changing lives and how resilient it is. Artist Liz Davis’ study of plants that thrive at the margins charts changes in flora and demonstrates an artist’s skill of close looking. Davis has always loved the wildness of WWII bombsites, graveyards and undeveloped land. So, inspired by the 1983 survey “Flora of the London Area”, Davis began, eight years ago, to gather flowers from sites in the square mile of the City of London and found that wild plants had begun to decrease. Her pressings are exquisite in their fragile detail; each plant is pressed and preserved with its roots, flower and seeds. The scope of Davis’ survey led the Natural History Museum to accession 150 of the plants to its collection, including the specimens in this exhibition. To mark the opening of Wild City, Davis has worked with Lincoln based Herbalist Hannah Sylvester to recreate an Anglo-Saxon Nine Herb Charm using an original manuscript containing several hundred medical potions. And, despite centuries of change in Lincoln the plants used still flourish here today.

 

Responsibilities

To promote the exchange and dissemination of ideas inspired by today’s art practices across disciplines and cultures
To encourage public discussion and reflection through engagement with contemporary art by supporting audience visits and delivering accessible tours of the space and of the exhibition
To give a warm and open welcome to all visitors of the space
To assess the needs and mood of the visitor and respond appropriately to their level of engagement with the exhibition
To ensure the safety of the visitor and the artwork at all times, work must not be touched due to it fragile nature. If a visitor goes to touch the work you should explain why it is important that the work is not handled, so it can continue to exist as a creative and scientific resource
To understand the ethos and mission statement for Mansions of the Future
To inform the visitor about the wider programme at Mansions of the Future, including details of upcoming events and workshops, both relating to Wild City and beyond
To obtain information about how the visitor found out about the exhibition, their past engagement with the arts and if they have visited the space before
To support and facilitate our public programme of workshops, talks and outreach activities
To prepare materials necessary for each workshop ahead of delivery and set up the space appropriately to needs and size of the event.

 

Person Specification

Knowledge of local communities and cultural scene
Will be a motivated team player, with a positive and flexible approach to work, hands on attitude
Experience of providing high standards of customer service in a public-facing role
Strong communication skills, ability to hold a conversation
Good problem solving skills, with the ability to find solutions to customer related queries
Previous gallery or public engagement experience would be desirable

 

Working hours

10 – 7pm, Tuesday – Wednesday

10 – 4pm, Thursday – Saturday

1 hour Lunch break each day included.

 

Salary: National Minimum Wage

 

The closing date for this post is 9am on Thursday 15th November 2018. To apply send a CV and short cover letter to info@mansionsofthefuture.co.uk with the subject: ‘Wild City Internship’.

If you are interested, please have a look at our website for further details of our programme at www.mansionsofthefuture.org.