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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.


Assistant Curator - maternity cover


The Assistant Curator will work with a small and busy team on the realisation of projects with artists, lenders and arts institutions. The post includes responsibility for the organisation of transport and insurance and for the production of catalogues limited editions and commissioned works of art where considered appropriate.

Conditions of Work

- Full time, fixed term maternity cover: 6 months, extendable to 9 months depending on the return date of the permanent post holder.

- Hours of work: 9.30am – 5.45pm, Monday to Friday, plus some occasional weekend and evening work, which will be compensated by time off in lieu.

- Salary: £25,000 gross per annum (pro rata to duration of contract)

- The period of notice is 2 months in writing on either side

- Probation period: 3 months.

To apply

Download the following application pack and return your completed form to

Guidance Notes

Job Description

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Deadline: Midnight 30th November 2014

Interviews: 19th and 22nd December 2014

Start date: mid-February 2015


Director’s Office Internship

The Whitechapel Gallery is looking for an intern to volunteer in the Director’s Office for two days a week, for a period of three months.


The role of the Director’s Office internship will primarily be supporting the Director's Assistant in daily administration duties, research projects set out by the Director and Trustee's Board meetings.  They will also work with the Strategic Relations Manager on drafting letters of invitation, maintaining an up to date contact database and assisting with tracking relevant policy developments - at government, national and local level and synthesizing information for internal use.

The Director’s Office is made up of the Director, Director's Assistant and the Strategic Relations Manager.#

To apply

Download the following application pack and return your completed form to

Job Description

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Deadline: Midnight 23 November 2014



Managing Director


The Whitechapel Gallery is recruiting for a Managing Director; the successful applicant will have outstanding experience in the senior financial and operational management of charities, and strong leadership skills. The post has principal responsibility for ensuring the effective operational management of the Whitechapel Gallery so that it can deliver its artistic objectives and mission statement against clear KPIs and income generation targets.

Responsible for strategic, corporate and business planning and effective performance management across the organisation, the Managing Director leads the senior management of all governance arrangements and operating systems, administration and finance, strategic business planning, building management, visitor services, commercial operations (including retail, venue hire, contracts and tenders), personnel and IT.

The Managing Director reports to the Director, has direct line management responsibility for the Administration Manager, Finance Manager, Head of Commercial Enterprises, Head of Operations, and Head of Visitor Services, and works closely with team leaders and middle managers to deliver the Whitechapel Gallery’s organisational mission and objectives as agreed by the Board of Trustees.

Conditions of work·        

- Full time permanent position

-  Salary: Negotiable

- Hours of work: 9:30am – 5:45pm Monday to Friday.

- The period of notice is 3 months in writing for either party

- Probation period: 3 month


To apply

Download the following application pack and return your completed form to

Guidance Notes

Job Description

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Deadline: Midnight 18th January 2015

Interviews: 26th January 2014

Start date: ASAP thereafter


Open Call: Artist in Residence


The Whitechapel Gallery is inviting artists based in Pakistan and Bangladesh to submit proposals for a two week residency in London that will evolve as part of the Gallery’s Community and Youth Programme focusing on collaborative art practices. Applicants should have experience of working with different audiences and an interest in developing ideas for a workshop to take place at the Whitechapel Gallery on the second week of the residency.


The residency will take place from the 18 March to 1 April 2015.

All travel costs, accommodation, stipend, and materials will be covered by the Whitechapel Gallery.

To apply

Artists are invited to submit a CV and cover letter stating relevant experience, a pdf with images of the work and a 500 word proposal outlining the main ideas for the residency.

Email applications to:

Deadline: Midnight 1 December 2014

The two successful proposals will be announced by the end of December 2014.  

More information



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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