Bouts Project: New Student Internship at the Bowes Museum mid-July to September 2020

We are excited to announce that the Department of History of Art, University of York, has partnered with The Bowes Museum to offer a student internship for the summer of 2020, to work on a project centred on the fifteenth-century painting St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child (c. 1470–80) by the workshop of Deric Bouts. 

The painting has been the subject of a five-year activity project, ending 31 March 2021, that was awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) to The Bowes Museum in collaboration with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and York Art Gallery.  It has featured in exhibitions and projects at all three venues: most recently at the York Art Gallery exhibition Making a Masterpiece: Bouts and Beyond, 1450–2020, which was co-curated by Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein (University of York). 

University of York students who have just completed Stage 1, Stage 2 or Stage 3 of one of the History of Art BA degrees (Curating and Art History, History of Art, English/History of Art or History/History of Art) are eligible to apply.  Applications from students with an interest in curating/museum studies are particularly welcome.

Applicants are invited to submit a proposal for a project to a) research an aspect of the painting that can contribute in new ways to its interpretation, and/or (b) develop an interpretive activity specific to it.

The internship will take place from 15 July to 25 September 2020.  Due to the current social-distancing requirements, it will be carried out remotely, with the successful candidate working from home, supervised and supported by Dr Nuechterlein, Dr Jane Whittaker (Head of Collections, The Bowes Museum; lead on the NLHF Bouts Project), and Jess White (Coordinator of Young People project, The Bowes Museum).

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Monday 29 June 2020.  For further information and enquiries before the deadline, please email Dr Nuechterlein.

Image: Workshop of Dieric Bouts, St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child (detail), late 15th century, Oil on canvas. The Bowes Museum.