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For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger.

With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, dining room and bookshop, the Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see.

The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.


Managing Director


To strategically manage and lead all aspects of the administration, finance, building management, commercial operations (including retail, venue hire, contracts and tenders), IT, personnel, governance, strategic business planning and operating systems of the Whitechapel Gallery. The Managing Director reports to the Director and works closely with the team leaders and middle managers, to deliver the organisational mission and objectives agreed by the Board of Trustees.

Conditions of work

Full time permanent position

Starting salary: £55,000 per annum

Hours of work: 9:30am - 17:45pm Monday to Friday

To apply

Job description

Application form

Equal opportunities monitoring form

Please send applications to

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 21 September 2014


Publications Internship


The Publications Department sits within the Exhibitions Department and consists of the Head of Commercial Enterprises, Publications Manager, London Art Book Fair Coordinator, the Book Fair Intern and the Publications Intern.

The role of the intern will be:

  • To gain experience in all aspects of publishing through work with Whitechapel Gallery’s Publications Manager, particularly on the Documents of Contemporary Art series.   
  • To assist the Publications Manager with general administration as required.
  •  To gain an understanding of the running of the Gallery by attending staff meetings and events within the Gallery.

The main focus of the internship will be to support the Publications Manager with copyright clearance, proofreading and publication research.

To apply

Internship description

Application form

Equal opportunities monitoring form

Please send applications to

Deadline: Midnight Monday 8 September 2014

Interviews: Friday 12 September 2014

Start date: Thursday 25 September 2014


Exhibitions Internship


The team is responsible for planning, organising and delivering the Whitechapel’s exhibitions programme, and currently comprises the Head of Exhibitions, Eisler Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies, Curator, Curator: Archive Gallery, Head of Exhibition Design and Production, Gallery Manager, four Assistant Curators, Archivist, Cataloguer, and Exhibitions Trainee.

The Intern will:

  • Gain experience in the mechanisms and administration involved in delivering the exhibitions programme  (which includes catalogues and limited editions) in a major public institution
  • Assist the exhibitions team with general administration as required
  •  Gain an understanding of the running of the Gallery by attending departmental and staff meetings

To apply

Internship description

Application form

Equal opportunities monitoring form

Please send applications to

Deadline: Midnight Tuesday 16 September 2014

Interviews: Week commencing 22 September 2014

Start date: Start of October


Options for working with the Whitechapel Gallery

Paid positions

Paid positions at the Whitechapel Gallery are advertised on this page as and when they arise, and unfortunately we cannot facilitate employment enquiries or applications which do not relate to an advertised position. To be alerted to new paid positions please follow us on Twitter @_TheWhitechapel

Volunteer Placements

The Whitechapel Gallery offers a range of structured volunteer placements working within specific departments at the Gallery, including Development (fundraising), Communications (marketing), Events, Education, Exhibitions, and Publications. Most placements require a time commitment of two to three days per week, for a maximum of 3 months. Volunteers make a significant contribution to the work of the Whitechapel Gallery, and we are committed to creating meaningful and productive roles for volunteers that will enable them to develop skills, knowledge and experience.

Our voluntary placements do regularly become available, and are advertised on this page approximately one month before the start date; recruitment is through a fair and open application process, and unfortunately we cannot facilitate requests regarding other types of voluntary placements, including those linked to graduate or post-graduate studies.  If you would like to volunteer at the Whitechapel Gallery please do keep an eye on this page, we will be pleased to accept your application when an opportunity arises in which you are interested.


The Gallery’s exhibition spaces are invigilated by a pool of staff on casual hourly-rate contracts. If you are interested in working as an invigilator, please download the application pack below and submit your completed application form, CV and equal opportunities monitoring form to Applicants will be periodically short listed and invited to interview according to the operational requirements of the Gallery. Your application will be kept on file for one year, if you have not been contacted within this time but would still like to be considered, please resubmit your application form. Unfortunately due to the volume applicants for invigilation positions we are not able to contact unsuccessful candidates, or to give feedback on application forms.

Invigilator job description    Guidance notes    Application form    Equal Opportunities monitoring form

London Metropolitan University MA Programme

The Whitechapel Gallery has recently joined forces with the London Metropolitan University to deliver a unique MA programme, Curating the Contemporary.  Part of the programme offers students the opportunity to undertake work placements at the Whitechapel Gallery over a fixed period of time. For more information click here.

HLF Traineeships

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, for two years the Whitechapel Gallery will recruit six trainees to work within six different departments for a duration of one year, running from June 2014.  The placements are funded with a bursary of £14,500 and focus on retaining heritage skills within the sector through work based learning and accreditation.

These are entry level positions and may not be suited to those with a high level of previous experience. The application process for 2014-15 closes on 28 April 2014.


The Gallery has taken part in an apprenticeship scheme since 2010, and usually has 3-4 apprentices employed at any one time in Business Administration and Cultural Heritage & Operations QCF, level 2 or 3. These are one or two year placements open only to non-graduates, with a taught element at Kensington and Chelsea College and the Victoria & Albert Museum .  These positions are also advertised on this page as and when they become available.

Under 18's

Unfortunately the Whitechapel Gallery is not currently resourced to offer work experience placements to under 18’s. However those wishing to experience a taster of public galleries may be interested in Duchamp & Sons, a youth group run by the Whitechapel Gallery who meet each week to explore issues around the Gallery’s programming. For more information please click here.


The Whitechapel Gallery strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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