News - 2010
20 October, 2010
Belfast Exchange houses the Belfast Exposed photographic archive that dates from the late 1970's. This unique collection of photographs presents Belfast's recent history through the eyes and lenses of some of the key players - Northern Ireland's communities. There are half a million individual images on film and slide comprising a social and political record of a turbulent period, as well as images documenting everyday life in the city.
We are looking for proactive individuals who want to gain hands-on work experience in a photography archive and gallery. This internship would suit students or recent graduates (particularly in Irish studies / Museum or Heritage studies / Curatorial or Visual Arts), who require archiving experience or practical experience in a photographic or arts organisation.
By the end of the internship you will have experience of cataloguing and digitising the collection and will have had an introduction to curation processes and to working within a dynamic arts organisation.
- Re housing and re sleeving negative archive
- Scanning negatives and slides
- Providing support to the Archive curators, to visiting artists and staff members who require images from the archive
- Assist in the selection of images from the archive for online exhibition
- Background research and reporting on the events depicted in the archive images
- Interviewing photographers and relevant public figures
- Uploading images to the website
- Computer literate and comfortable with applications such as Adobe Photoshop
- Sound research, written and verbal communication skills
- Strong visual sense and capability of contextualizing imagery
- Ability to learn new technical skills, ie using recording devices
- Attention to detail
- Ability to self-organise and plan personal workload, with good time management skills
- Able to work autonomously as well as part of a team
- Ability to use initiative
Position is unpaid, but with travel expenses reimbursed. The intern will be able to access the archive for the development of their own study or work in this field and access to an extensive library of photographic journals, catalogues and publications for research purposes.
Starting on 6 December
2-5 days per week, 6 months
Please send CV and a letter of interest (max 500 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 November 4pm.
Interviews will be held on 24 November.