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The Bold Tendencies Art Trainee Programme ran for eight consecutive summer seasons from 2014 — 2021. Founded by Diana Córdoba Barrios, our Managing Director, The Art Trainee Programme was inspired by Diana’s personal experience on the Internship Programme at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

Committed to removing barriers to entry for young people interested in a career in the world of the arts, culture and creative industries, the programme aimed to give participants immersion in the day-to-day life of our organisation and help develop professional skills, as well as fostering long-term connections between participants and our wider networks.

The programme ran across our 18-week summer season and was completed by 215 Trainees, joining us from all parts of the UK and further afield. They are all part of our Art Trainee Alumni Network. 

Young people have a huge potential to add value to wider cultural life and we continue to evolve how we can nurture access to professional opportunities critical to kick-starting a career in the exciting world of arts and culture, as well as building our network into the future.


The core commitment of the Art Trainee Programme was a balanced experience of working, learning, training and networking. Offering a healthy and inclusive environment for young people of all backgrounds and life experience at the beginning of their career path.

Working – practical on-site experience and proximity with the administration and operations of the organisation to open up what it means to work in culture and the creative industries.

Learning – from wide-ranging organised talks and visits in the world of contemporary culture, to weekly collaborative sessions and individual assignments as well as one-on-one mentoring sessions. 

Training – teaching new practical skills and testing them in application, improving overall confidence and ability, and contributing to greater future employability.

Networking – developing meaningful connections and friendships through shared experience, promoting mutual support and care for each other that will carry with them into the future.

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Alumni support is an essential part of the Art Trainee Programme. This is extended through an Alumni Network that includes every former participant of the programme. 

Based on a fundamental commitment to the value of long-term relationships and collaborations, our support covers a variety of employment opportunities and networking, including annual gatherings and special events. 

We also support our Alumni by regularly sharing relevant opportunities in the sector and writing reference letters as well as offering informal advice and support when requested.

We have Paid Opportunities for Alumni to work on Front of House for Live Events, in Education, Community & Play and Site Management and Content Development. All Paid Opportunities are paid in-line with London Living Wage.

To date, 16 Alumni have gained entry level opportunities at Bold Tendencies – for many their first employment in the sector. Some of these roles have progressed over time to full-time employment with significant responsibilities.

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Registered Office: 4 Holly Grove, London SE15 5DF
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