Marylyn Mayo had lifelong interests in education, law and the visual arts. She collected the work of Australian and New Zealand artists and enjoyed visiting art galleries, particularly Auckland Art Gallery.

After her death in 2002, the Marylyn Mayo Foundation was established by her husband for the benefit of a number of causes. These are cancer research; The University of Auckland Law School for legal research, the Marylyn Mayo Rare Book Room, named in her memory at the Davis Law Library; the Auckland Art Gallery Marylyn Mayo Internships and Reading Room, a scholarly arts journal, to encourage training and research for the advancement and wider appreciation of visual arts.

As a result of this generosity, we're pleased to offer opportunities for internships at Auckland Art Gallery that develop the skills of people wishing to pursue a career in art galleries and art museums.

The Marylyn Mayo Internships at the Gallery offer training and work experience for a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of three months full-time, or for a longer time, to be negotiated, on a part-time basis to:

  • postgraduate or recent graduate students who intend to pursue a career in art galleries in the areas of care and management of collections, or the presentation, interpretation and communication of the visual arts
  • people currently employed in an art gallery or museum, or who have had some relevant experience and have an ongoing commitment to working in this area.

Specific internships are offered at the Gallery each year in particular areas, such as curatorial, education, public programmes, print and electronic publications, communications, research library, audience research and development, conservation, collection management, exhibitions management, imaging, design and exhibitions preparatory work.

In 2018/19 an internship is offered for the following project


Louise Henderson Archive (12 weeks)

At the end of 2019, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki will open a survey exhibition of the work of French-born New Zealand-based artist Louise Henderson (1902–1994). The exhibition, along with a publication, is a proposed collaboration with Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.

In late 2018, the Gallery accepted an archive of Henderson’s personal papers on long-term loan for ten years. Material in the archive includes letters, journals and diaries and spans from the late 1920s until the artist’s death.

The purpose of the project is to assist the curator in reviewing material in the archive, identifying important material for transcription, and also translating French text. This would involve reading material, making summary notes of the contents of letters, discussing it with the Curator, transcription and translation.

The intern will gain an understanding of the different kinds of material in the archive, how to review the entire archive, and prioritise key areas of focus.  It offers opportunities for professional development experience in primary research, handling archives, transcription, and translation.

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How to apply

Apply online through the Careers section of the Auckland Council website.

Please note: You must be eligible to work in New Zealand to be considered for this internship. Applicants will need to upload a current CV including a list of academic or relevant courses undertaken, with results and qualifications, along with the names and contact details for two referees.

Applications for this role close Thursday 18 October 2018 at 10.30pm. Applicants will be notified of the Auckland Art Gallery decision in mid-November.

2018/19 Marylyn Mayo Internship: Position description 209.21kB pdf file