Last week the art world descended upon Venice for the opening of the 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, and Dubai-based Alserkal Programming took the opportunity to announce their support of an internship position at Venice’s Peggy Guggenheim Collection during a brunch at the museum.
The three-month internship, funded by Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, founder of Alserkal Avenue is reserved for a UAE-based student or young professional who wishes to pursue a career in the arts. The Guggenheim-Alserkal commitment is for six years, and the three month internship will be awarded annually. It will provide a practical grounding in the realities of working within an international modern art institution, skills and knowledge that, it is hoped, each intern will bring back to the UAE to help support and grow its own burgeoning artistic scene.
“To build a cadre of arts professionals that can support and nurture cultural production in the UAE, a global perspective, and the ability to share the region's rich arts and culture scene is essential,” said Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, “We are honoured to join hands with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection to provide young, UAE-based professionals with the opportunity to pursue their passion for the arts.”
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection’s internship program is well known and many an art world professional has done their time at the museum in their formative years. Philip Rylands, Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Foundation Director for Italy, said an essential quality of the program is its international diversity, adding “we are grateful to Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal and Alserkal Programming, which will extend our reach by opening a door for the participation of talented young professionals at the start of their careers from distant parts of the world.”
An open call which will be issued on the Alserkal Avenue website from September 2017. For more information see alserkalavenue.ae