job offer curatorial assistant (internship)

Laurence Ostyn Nieuws

Oude Kerk commissions international artists to develop extraordinary projects that engage powerfully with the monumental church and her red-light environment. From radical interventions to respectful tributes. Oude Kerk’s context-responsive and slow-curating approach is unique in Amsterdam, both its commissioning of contemporary art on this scale and its relation to heritage. In the comings months, Oude Kerk will embark on a series of large-scale endeavours. For these projects Oude Kerk is currently looking for a

curatorial assistant (internship)
(min. 32 hours a week)

about the position
During this internship you will work closely with both the Director-Curator and the Project Lead. This means an exciting mix of research and practical assistance. You will have the opportunity to collaborate on the realisation of Oude Kerk’s exhibition programme with internationally-renowned artists such as Janet Cardiff and George Miller, a historic gala-fundraiser for over 1,000 people, a monthly concert-series, and public programme activities related to the exhibitions on show. Simultaneously, you will assist the Director-Curator with research and programme-development. In this way, you will gain a complete overview of the workings of a medium-large museum. Together with the team at Oude Kerk, you will go the extra mile to realise our ambitions. This means a flexible, stress-resistant attitude, and the ability to turn every problem into a new opportunity.

about you
You are a team-player with a keen mind and the guts to take on big tasks independently. You are able to combine an artistic sensibility with hands-on practicality to make every part of our programme an overwhelming success. You have excellent communication skills (a combination of English and Dutch is a plus) as well as an ability to organise and oversee complex processes. Previous experience in the cultural sector is a strong plus. Our preference goes to someone living in (or close to) Amsterdam who is available for a period of at least 6 months.

we offer
• a unique workplace in Amsterdam’s oldest monument
• plenty of space for fresh ideas, own initiative, and daring experiment
• an enjoyable position in a horizontal working culture
• a daily – and healthy – lunch
• an internship compensation

We would like to fill the position as soon as possible. In order to apply, please send your cv and a brief cover letter before 15 September to The first interviews will take place in the last week of September. For more information, please contact Richard Pelgrim (project lead) at 020 6258284.

Oude Kerk believes that a more diverse team contributes to a richer programme and a more impactful experience for its visitors and. With that in mind, we actively look for and welcome diversity in background and talent.


Taturo Atzu, the garden which is nearest to God. Oude Kerk, 2015. photo credits: Wim Hanenberg