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Bold Tendencies Art Trainee Programme (ATP) is an immersive working and learning experience for young people aged 19-27 at Bold Tendencies.

The ATP was started in 2014 to support young people interested in a career in the world of arts and culture to gain critical early stage experience in an environment of support and care.   The hands-on experience offering participants a role in the life and work of our organisation is offered together with a Learning Programme of assignments and mentor visits and talks hosted on-site and outside of Bold Tendencies.  

We acknowledge the huge potential of young people to add value to wider cultural life. Many young people of outstanding ability, creativity and individuality do not have a route into the work experience, skills or learning opportunities needed to pursue a career in the sector.

The ATP developed out of awareness that opportunities for young people to experience creativity and culture are not equal, and there is a persistent and widespread lack of diversity in the creative industries workforce. 


We are committed to a future in which young people can access creative professions regardless of gender, ethnicity or socio-economic background. We are committed to inclusion and social justice: culture should be a valid career choice irrespective of experience or background and a diverse workforce pipeline is needed to keep our creative economy thriving and innovative.

Applications for the 2020 programme are now closed. To register interest for 2021 click here. Any additional questions please email


Bold Tendencies welcomes all applications irrespective of experience or background.  We are committed to provision without high barriers to entry for young people of outstanding creativity and individuality interested in pursuing a career in arts and culture.

Since 2014 the Bold Programme has been completed by 194 Trainees, joining us from all parts of the UK and further afield. In 2019, 33 young people aged 19–27 took part in the ATP, of which 19 Art Trainees were from the UK and 14 from the rest of the world.

Our Programme aims to give participants immersion into a contemporary arts organisation and help develop skills for pursuing a future career in the creative industries, as well as fostering long-term connections between young people and our wider networks.

“At Bold Tendencies I received an important work experience. I have broadened my professional and friendship network with all of the incredible people I met. Moreover, the opportunity to face real problems while being at front-house or carrying out events taught me a lot about the nature of working in arts.” – Adis, Art Trainee 2018


Practical Training
Trainees learn how to maintain and engage with the art commissions, prepare the site for the public, provide information about artworks to visitors, lead tours and assist with front of house  duties for the live events programme.

Learning Programme
The ATP curriculum is comprised of weekly assignments inspired by the Bold Tendencies archive, live events programme and seasonal commissions. These assignments encourage a deeper engagement with the summer programme as well as with Education, Programming, and Development.

Every year Bold Tendencies assembles a series of site visits and conversations with artists, curators, gallerists, museum directors and other cultural leaders from London and beyond. Mentor talks are open to all participants throughout season.

Trainees have told us that they had found these talks and visits to be useful and inspiring, providing invaluable insights into potential career paths in the arts and cultural sector.

Many Trainees have established strong relationships with mentors they have met through the programme, who have been a source of support and advice far beyond the summer period.

Since 2014, the ATP has organised 166 Mentor Talks and 88 off-site Visits. In 2019, 42 mentors and 32 institutions took part in the Bold Tendencies Art Trainee Programme. A full list of participants who have generously contributed their time and expertise as part of the Learning Programme over the past six years is here


On completing the Traineeship, Trainees join our growing Alumni Network of young people passionate about art and culture. We organise special events and away days, advertise work experience and jobs and offer Paid Opportunities at Bold Tendencies during the summer season.

We also organise annual subsidised Alumni events (with a focus on taking Alumni outside of London) and skills and networking opportunities.





In 2019 we offered three events of this kind  including a breakfast and series of HR workshops at Phillips Auction House, an Alumni social evening at Bold Tendencies and an Away Day in Somerset visiting Hauser & Wirth and the Drawing Matter Trust.

Paid Opportunities are offered as part of our Live Events Programme to support Box Office and Front of House, and in our Education, Community & Play initiatives to support Education Officers in delivering events for children and families on site.


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