We run an exciting work experience programme for Transition Year students. In this week-long programme, you will go behind the scenes at the Gallery and learn about the work of different departments including Education, Conservation, Curatorial and Visitor Experience. Working as a team you will develop a Live Project to create an event for young people that will run at the Gallery.
The placement will suit students who are interested in art and may be considering studying it for Leaving Cert. You must be willing to work with students from other schools and be comfortable in a team environment. Most importantly, we’re looking for students who want to learn something from their week at the Gallery and benefit from a new experience.
Key dates and information
- The placement runs from Monday 28 March to Friday 1 April 2022.
- Placement hours are 10am to 3.30pm.
- You must be available for the full five days of the placement.
- The placement takes place onsite at the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
- You should also be available on Saturday 7 May 2022 to deliver your event.
- If Covid-19 restrictions are in place in March 2022, and we are unable to deliver the programme safely onsite, we will run a digital placement instead.
- TY placements at the Gallery are very popular and places are extremely limited.
- We are unable to facilitate placements outside of these dates.
- The deadline to apply is 5pm on Friday 28 January 2022.
What you will do on placement
Learn about the work of different departments in the Gallery
- You will be based in the Education Department and will find out about the work we do.
- You will also go on tours to find out about the work of different departments including Education, Conservation, Curatorial and Visitor Experience (subject to staff availability).
Develop a Live Project
- Throughout the week you will work together on an exciting Live Project, developing an event for young people as part of the programme for the exhibition Hughie O’Donoghue: Original Sins.
- This event will take place on Saturday 7 May 2022, and we would like you to be available on this date to deliver the event.
- You will receive training and support to help you develop and deliver your event.
Develop a reflective portfolio
- You will develop a reflective portfolio to record your activities and experiences during your placement.
- You will also meet new people, develop confidence and skills, and have fun!
How to apply
- Complete the short online application form at the bottom of this page.
- The deadline to complete the online form is 5pm on Friday 28 January 2022.
- You must complete the application form yourself, in your own words.
- If you need the form in an alternative format, contact Catherine O’Donnell on 01 663 3579 / [email protected]
How we select people for placements
- We anonymise all applications (this means we remove all identifying information) and assess them on merit.
- We do not select people on a first-come-first-served basis, so take your time with your application.
- We are interested in knowing why you would like to do your placement at the Gallery, and what you want to learn from the week.
- We are looking for students from a wide range of backgrounds and areas, and the final selection will ensure that there is a mix of people in the team.
- At least 50% of those selected will come from DEIS schools.
Deadline to apply
- The deadline is 5pm on Friday 28 January 2022.
- We will let you know if you have been successful by Friday 11 February 2022.
Contact us with questions
If you have any questions, or if you need this information in an alternative format, please contact Catherine O’Donnell on 01 663 3579 or [email protected].
Online application form
Complete all sections of this online application form. The form is best viewed using Google Chrome web browser.
- The form is best viewed using Google Chrome web browser.
- The online application form does not generate a confirmation email. Once you click on the 'submit' button, the following confirmation message will appear on screen: "Thank you for applying for Transition Year work experience at the National Gallery of Ireland. We will let you know if you have been successful by Friday 11 February 2022."
- If you are having any technical problems, please contact [email protected] to check if your application has been received.
- If you need this form in an alternative format, please contact [email protected].
By submitting your application, you confirm that you (or your parent/guardian if you are aged 16 or under) understand that any personal data that you have supplied to us as part of this application will be processed by us in accordance with our Privacy Notice.
It is necessary for us to process this information in order to administer your application and, if successful:
- Send you relevant information about the TY work experience programme before and during your placement.
- Contact you about your event on Saturday 7 May.
- Provide references to your school after your placement.
Any personal data will be stored securely by the Gallery for 1 year after your application or placement and then will be deleted, unless we are legally obliged to hold onto it for longer.
If you are successful, then we require your school to hold the appropriate levels of insurance in compliance with the following:
- Public Liability (PL) with recommended limits of indemnity of €6.5m for any one claim or series of claims arising out of a single occurrence.
- The territorial limits of these policies must include the Republic of Ireland.
- The policies should be subject to Irish Law and Irish Court jurisdiction.
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