Students to help Canterbury’s Beaney research and record its art collection

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School of Arts by University of Kent

History of art students at the University are to work with Canterbury’s Beaney House of Art and Knowledge under a new internship scheme.

Under the project, students will help the Beaney research and record its extensive art works, including those by Henry Moore and David Hockney, as well as a wide selection of Old Master material.

Nine history of art students will be offered internships as part of the new initiative, which is being launched in collaboration with Canterbury Museums and Galleries and the Esmee Fairburn Fund. The internships will begin in April and continue to August.

Under the scheme, the University interns will also be able to contribute to new strategies for sharing an archive of the Beaney’s contents with the community.

Canterbury Museums and Galleries is a National Portfolio Organisation, recognised for its health and wellbeing work as part of the national Happy Museum Project. Under this, the interns will provide feedback on the benefits of working with exhibition collections and curation activity.

Dr Grant Pooke, Head of the University’s History of Art Department, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for our students to gain real hands-on experience of researching and recording some very important works of art. I’m delighted we are able to work with Canterbury Museums and Galleries in this way.’