Curatorial internship programme

Curatorial internship

Former interns Malwande Mthethwa and Dominic Toerien.

Last updated: September 2020

The Constitutional Court Trust (CCT) has since July 2019 run a curatorial internship programme for recent South African graduates with a keen interest in visual art and justice in South Africa. The full-time paid internship opportunity entails working on the Constitutional Court Art Collection (CCAC) at the CCT for six months. The internship is aimed at developing learning opportunities within the fields of art administration, curatorship, cataloguing, research, public engagement and art conservation.

South African citizens under the age of 30 are eligible for the curatorial internship. Applicants must hold a qualification in visual arts or heritage (or a related, relevant qualification) and be recently graduated with no prior full-time work experience within a gallery or museum environment. We look out for candidates with a demonstrable interest in art and justice and an interest in advancing constitutionalism through creative expression.

Calls for applications normally get shared around the start of June and November every year. Be sure to follow the CCAC on Instagram and Twitter and keep an eye on this website and VANSA's opportunities page for the sharing of these open calls.

WHAT OUR FORMER INTERNS HAVE TO SAY

Malwande Mthethwa (July – December 2019)

I am happy to have been given space to learn a lot about art conservation, art preservation and caring for a museum collection. This curatorial internship taught me how to speak more with confidence through the art and justice tours, weekly staff meetings as well as the art committee meetings. It was a space for me to develop as a part of a young team. The culture of the Constitutional Court fully speaks of ubuntu. I enjoyed the opportunities that I was given to lead projects. Thank you.


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Malwande Mthethwa co-presenting an Art & Justice tour.

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Malwande Mthethwa working on the in-house conservation treatment of the Handspring Puppet Company's Dogs of War (1997).

Dominic Toerien (January – June 2020)

The CCT is managing the CCAC for the betterment of all the art at the Constitutional Court as well as working towards giving the public greater access to their own history through art and allowing the stories of various artists to be heard. During my time there as a curatorial intern, I was privileged to experience the tireless effort, love and passion for art that had driven me there in the first place. I have been imbued with a sense of pride and admiration. Thank you Thina, Francois and Catherine for allowing me to be part of the great project that is the CCAC.


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Dominic Toerien co-presenting an Art & Justice tour.

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Dominic Toerien working on the in-house restoration of Walter Oltmann's Mediator (1994).

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The CCAC is owned, managed and cared for by the Constitutional Court Trust