Marylyn Mayo Intern

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki strengthens and enriches our communities through art and ideas.  The Gallery makes a major contribution to the cultural life of Auckland and Aotearoa New Zealand by collaborating with communities to offer inspiring art experiences that engage and challenge diverse audiences.

The Marylyn Mayo Foundation provides funding for an annual internship at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki to develop the skills of people committed to pursuing a career in art galleries and art museums.

He kōrero mōu: About you

The Marylyn Mayo Internship offers training and work experiences to:

  • Postgraduate or recent graduate students who intend to pursue a career in art galleries or museums in the area of care and management of collections; the presentation, interpretation and communication of the visual arts; or research, access and discovery of collections

  • People currently employed in an art gallery or museum, or who have had some relevant experience and have an ongoing commitment to working in this area and to their professional development

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

The 2021 Marylyn Mayo Internship project is to provide support for the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s forthcoming exhibition project, COLOUR (currently scheduled to be presented in late 2022) with an accompanying publication.

This is a special opportunity to be part of a joint exhibition project between curatorial and conservation on the historical use of colour using examples from the Auckland Art Gallery collections.

The intern will work with the conservators to gather existing research and assist with new analysis, they will prepare material for the interpretative displays and publication and carry out research into pigment manufacture and properties, and they will carry out the treatment of an artwork included in the exhibition. 

The successful applicant must have training as a qualified (Graduate Diploma or Bachelor and above) conservator (paintings, works on paper or objects) and be a member of the NZCCM or an equivalent international conservation organisation. In addition to research and treatments, they will assist with meeting crucial timelines for the exhibition and publication and contribute to conversations regarding the visitor engagement programme. Writing skills would be an advantage.

This is a fixed term position of three months full or part time up to a maximum of three months full time, and must be completed before June 30.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must submit a cover letter as part of your application outlining your suitability for the role; including any relevant experience and special interests. You also need to upload a copy of your curriculum vitae - including a list of academic or relevant courses undertaken, with results and qualifications.  

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Applications close 10 February at 11.59pm. Apply now

For more information or a position description contact Aimee Gifford at

Auckland Unlimited, a CCO of Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.

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