Art placements are among are most varied and exciting internships.
Some days you’ll be on location or in the studio, assisting an artist or photographer and getting invaluable insights into the creative process.
Other days you’ll be behind-the-scenes on the business and administration sides of a creative enterprise that so few of us see. This could involve marketing and social media, event planning, curating, buyer and collector liaison and giving guided tours. Past interns found that seeing all the moving parts behind an exhibition, gallery opening or book launch was an invaluable learning experience.
Professional photographers in the UK are likely to be freelance, and offer a range of services including portrait and aerial photography, photojournalism and the video recording of special events. As an assistant on location or in the studio, you may be responsible for the equipment and lights, managing the subjects, or tasked with getting alternative angles and extra shots. Such a placement will also teach you the importance of post-production in this industry and you’ll learn professional Photoshop and Lightroom techniques first-hand.
Photography interns can also be placed in print and online magazines, where they learn about layout, print processes, and editorial styles and standards.
Your ‘book’ or portfolio is everything in these industries. An internship gives you the chance to build and expand it, showcasing your talents while exposed to the day-to-day realities of a studio or gallery.
Immerse yourself in London’s creative energy, and it will inspire and shape your own.
- Artist’s studio
- Contemporary art gallery
- Graphic design studio
- Jewelry design studio
- Photojournalism agency
- Sports photo agency
- Photo desk at a newspaper
- Portrait & wedding photography studio
- Arts events company
- Art book publisher