Visual Arts Management Students Embark on Lumiere London Apprenticeships

As part of the inaugural Lumiere London Festival, three students from the Visual Arts Management and Curating Course at Richmond are gaining valuable industry experience working with event producer Artichoke.

The three students: Maria Ilyevskaya, Molly Sullivan, and Elspeth Ross will be working across the festival, gaining valuable event production skills. Working with the artistic director and core staff, the apprenticeship provides a unique insight into the planning, installation, running, get out and post event evaluation of the festival – all of which are core components to producing a successful event.

Course Convenor Dr Oonagh Murphy explains:

“As part of the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, and MA in Art History Visual Culture we run a professional practice seminar series, these seminars are designed to give students a real insight into the variety of jobs available to them once they graduate. One of the speakers we had in, in Fall 2015 was Hannah Standen, a Producer at Artichoke. Hannah talked in depth about what her job involved, from traffic management, to navigating council policies, liaising with artists and managing specialists from rigging to electrical.  It was clear that the students were inspired by the variety, and pace of Hannah’s job, the scope and responsibility was beyond what many expected. At the end of the session Hannah invited the students to apply for a paid, 9 day project apprenticeship in the run up to Lumiere London, and pitched this as a great way to get real on the job experience. We are delighted that as a result three students have now been accepted on to this very prestigious training scheme”.

While the students are out lighting up London, faculty have been hard at work programming the Spring Professional Practice Seminar Series.  With speakers from Tate, Historic Royal Palaces, Art 16, South London Gallery, and Creative United it is hoped students will use these sessions to continue to network, and create opportunities for themselves going forward.

Successful arts professionals, need to be able to build their own network, create opportunities, and influence their peers. This seminar series is designed to help students develop these all-important ‘soft’ skills, skills that help to bring their academic work to new audiences and create internship and job openings for themselves.

Lumiere London is produced by Artichoke, and takes places across central London on the evenings of the 14th – 17th January 2016. Further details can be found here:

We are now accepting applications for September 2016

If you would like to find out more about our uniquely international MA programmes you can contact:

Dr Oonagh Murphy –

Course Convenor – MA Visual Arts Management and Curating

Dr Robert Wallis – Wallis

Course Convenor – MA Art History and Visual Culture

Or visit our website


Aquarium, Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille, Lumiere Durham 2013. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.