Tag Archives: free

Skills for the Future Traineeship Opportunity

In 2014 the National Galleries of Scotland welcomed its first Skills for the Future trainees.  Six young people, aged between 18 and 24, joined us for a paid 18 month traineeship where they learn to digitise our collections, gain an SQA accredited qualification, and most importantly, substantial workplace experience.  Our trainees gain a Level 7 SQA Customised Award in Collections Digitisation, the credits gained from which can be used towards university entrance conditions.  Expert members of staff from across the organisation, from curators to art handlers, photographers to digital media, provide hands on training that equip trainees with the broadest possible experience, helping to give increase job prospects upon graduation. 


We are looking for young people with an interest in the cultural heritage sector, a passion for leaning, and a keen interest in photography, to join our second cohort of trainees.  Recruitment will begin in Spring 2016 with a start date of September 2016.  We are planning to visit schools, colleges, and community groups to talk to groups of potential applicants and deliver activity based sessions that will describe exactly what digitisation is and what it involves, during the spring.  We are looking for young people who will be 18 by the 1st September 2016.  Please let us know if you would like us to come and talk to your school, college or community group by contacting Project Coordinator, Nicole Meehan at nmeehan@nationalgalleries.org.  And we would be very grateful if you would forward this information to any other school/college/community group you think may be interested in this opportunity.

Project website:  nationalgalleriesdigitisation.tumblr.com

Project contact:  nmeehan@nationalgalleries.org


Opportunities for teachers and young people interested in portraiture

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation Taster Sessions

Saturday 31 October       10am-1pm or 2– 5pm

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JD

Get a taste for portraiture with these experimental sessions.

Taster Session BP Portrait AwardMeet artists Fraser Gray and BP Portrait Award winning artist Owen Normand for a guided tour of the BP Portrait Award 2015 exhibition, experiment with a range of media and techniques and connect with other young people.

There will be a chance to look at an artist’s sketchbooks and ask questions.

All materials are provided. Attend either session. No experience needed, only enthusiasm!

Places will be allocated on a first come basis.

Book your free place now email education@nationalgalleries.org or call 0131 624 6547


BP Portrait Award: Next Generation 2-day Winter School

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 November  11am – 4pm

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JD

Winter School BP Portrait AwardWorking with 2 artists, Fraser Gray and past BP Portrait Award winning artist Gareth Reid, you will creatively explore portrait painting techniques, from a life model.  All materials are provided. Places are by written application only and will be offered to 14-19 year olds who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment. You must attend both days.

If you live outside Edinburgh & the Lothians, you may apply for a travel bursary.

For enquiries and an application form please email education@nationalgalleries.org or call 0131 624 6547



·         Professional Learning for Teachers: Experimental Drawing CPD

Friday 4 December 2015 1.30-4.30pm OR Saturday 5 December 2015 11am–4pm

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, FREE

‘If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.’ Jim Rohn

These sessions take BP Portrait Award 2015 as a starting point to experiment with media and techniques, and challenge you to discover new ways of making marks, by risking the unusual. There will be time to discuss ideas for use in the classroom. Book Friday for a brief introductory session, or Saturday if you want more time to experiment. Places will be allocated on a first come basis. Book now education@nationalgalleries.org