Adam Art Gallery Internship

The Adam Art Gallery Internship enables a recent graduate, postgraduate student or early-career art professional to work with the Gallery to develop knowledge of collecting, curatorial practice, and exhibition making through their involvement in the planning and delivery of aspects of the Gallery’s work programme.

The Internship is made possible with the generous support of local philanthropist Barbara Blake. Please read our 2017 media release to learn more about the background of the internship: Adam Art Gallery receives generous donation for new curatorial internship programme.pdf


Applications are sought for the fourth Adam Art Gallery Internship. This internship will enable a recent graduate, postgraduate student or early-career art professional who is already based in New Zealand to work with the Gallery to develop research skills and knowledge relating to collecting, curatorial practice, exhibition making, communications and public programming through their involvement in the planning and delivery of aspects of the Gallery’s work.

The internship is a paid part-time, fixed-term position. The total duration of the internship is 400 hours. Although the timeframe for the Internship is flexible, ideally the successful applicant will be available between September 2021 and April 2022.

The successful applicant will establish their work plan with relevant Gallery staff. This will be based on a specific project identified as suiting their interests and knowledge. They will be based in the Adam Art Gallery office, working alongside the team, with opportunities to undertake self-directed research as well as a range of activities typical of the Gallery’s work flow.

Applicants with relevant qualifications and/or experience must apply in writing, using the relevant cover sheet and providing a CV and a letter outlining what they would bring to the role and their areas of interest and expertise. These must align with the vision and mission of the Gallery. Short-listed applicants will be invited to respond to a list of possible projects, identifying which project interests them and what specific skills and focus they would bring to achieving it.

Email applications must be received by 5pm Monday 26 July 2021. Please refer to the documents below for full details about the role and how to apply.

2021 AAG Internship Role Description: 2021_AAGInternship_RoleDescription

2021 AAG Internship Application Instruction Guide: 2021AAGInternship_ApplicationInstructionGuide

2021 AAG Internship Cover Form: 2019AAGInternship_CoverForm 2021AAGInternship_CoverForm

Please contact Gallery Administrator Ann Gale with any questions


Millie Riddell
Although the outbreak of COVID-19 forced Millie to cut short her time in London where she was undertaking her MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute, and the Adam Art Gallery had to delay the start of the internship due to the lockdowns, the pandemic did mean that Millie was forced to stay in New Zealand and we could enjoy working with her between September 2020 and February 2021. Millie worked on various tasks, helping with our public programmes and learning about the contents of the New Zealand Art Archive. She has since seen through the delivery of Crossings (a group show about intimacies and distances) as a valued co-curator. After February 2021, we were able to employ her as a temporary part-time curatorial assistant and now she is embarking on her PhD in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington, for which she has been awarded a scholarship.

Nina Dyer
Nina’s focus during her time at the Gallery was on developing public programmes to accompany our exhibition programme. A highlight for her was the series of talks she organised to accompany On the Last Afternoon: Disrupted Ecologies and the Work of Joyce Campbell. She also worked with gallery director Christina Barton and Collection Officer Sophie Thorn on the ‘one-work’ exhibition ‘A way through’ – Colin McCahon’s Gate III, which toured to Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery in 2019. Nina was responsible for exploring McCahon’s strongly anti-nuclear views and the iconography he drew upon to convey them in his mural-scaled painting. Nina now has a full-time curatorial role at The Depot in Devonport, Auckland.

Lachlan Taylor
Lachlan was an intern for the Adam while he pursued his Masters degree in Art History at Victoria University Wellington. While working at the Gallery he undertook research towards the first exhibition dedicated to the New Zealand works of British artist Christopher Perkins, who spent four important years working here between 1929 and 1934. Lachlan will be writing an essay for the publication that accompanies the exhibition ‘Looking for a new country’ – Christopher Perkins in New Zealand on view at the Adam Art Gallery 6 November 2019 – 22 March 2020. After receiving his MA and completing the Adam Art Gallery internship, Lachlan received a one-year position as Curatorial Assistant at Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland.