Transition Year Work Experience 2022-23

A group of TY work experience students in costume standing in front of Hughie O'Donoghue's art installation 'Original Sins'

Applications are currently closed.

We run an exciting work-experience programme for Transition Year students. 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 or digital resource 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 placement at the Gallery and benefit from a new experience.

  • Complete the online application form to apply for TY work experience.
  • The deadline to apply is 5pm on Friday 14 October 2022.
  • We will let you know if you have been successful by Friday 21 October 2022.

    Key dates

    You can choose to apply for one of the three placements we're running in 2022-2023:

    • 5–9 December 2022 (Mon–Fri onsite). The Live Project event takes place on Saturday 21 January 2023.
    • 20–24 March 2023 (Mon–Fri onsite). The Live Project event takes place on Saturday 20 May 2023.
    • 17 April–19 May 2023 (5-week virtual programme).

    Important information

    • TY placements at the Gallery are very popular and places are extremely limited.
    • We are unable to facilitate placements outside of the dates listed above.
    • Applications for online and virtual placements are accepted from 1 September until 14 October.
    • Apply via our short online application form which is available on this web page from 10am on 1 September.
    • Due to the exceptionally high volume of applications we receive, we will use a ballot system to select applicants. This will be weighted to ensure an even gender balance.
    • At least 50% of students selected will be from DEIS schools.

    Onsite placements

    • 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 21 January or Saturday 20 May to deliver your Live Project event.

    What you will do during the onsite 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.
    • This event will take place on Saturday 21 January 2023 or Saturday 20 May 2023, 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!

    Virtual Work Experience Programme

    • The Virtual Work Experience Programme will take place over five weeks, beginning w/c 17 April 2023.
    • It will involve approximately 3-4 hours of work per week: 1-hour webinar, 1-hour group workshop, and 1-2 hours independent work.
    • This is a collaborative process and will require group work. You can choose to sign up with a team from your school or opt to be assigned to a team of students across Ireland.
    • If you are unable to participate during the placement month, webinar recordings and digital resources will be made available afterwards so you can complete the placement in your own time. However, we will be unable to provide support and feedback.

    The virtual programme will mirror our onsite TY work experience, with three key strands. You will:

    • Learn about the work of different departments in the Gallery, via a series of weekly interactive webinars with key staff.
    • Develop a Live Project creating digital content for young people in response to the theme Wonder Women: women artists in the national collection.
    • Develop a reflective portfolio to record your activities and experiences during your placement.

    Preview of application-form questions

    Here's a preview of the questions we ask on the online application form. Read through the questions before completing the online application form.

    • Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Gender
    • Address 
    • Phone number
    • E-mail address
    • School name
    • School address
    • School contact/TY Coordinator name
    • School contact/TY Coordinator email address
    • Is your school a DEIS school?
    • Tell us a bit about yourself (max. 100 words)
    • Why would you like to complete your TY work experience at the National Gallery of Ireland? (max. 100 words)
    • What do you hope to learn from a placement at the National Gallery? (max. 100 words)
    • Do you have any special requirements that you feel we should know about? (max. 100 words)
    • Is there any other relevant information or comments you wish to add to your application? (max. 100 words)
    • Your signature (or your parent/guardian, if applicant is aged 16 or under)

    Personal data

    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
    • 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.

    Contact us with questions

    If you have any questions, or if you need this information in an alternative format, please contact us on 01 663 3579 /  0876436310 or [email protected]

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