Marketing and Design Apprentice (24 month contract) 

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Company: Gainsborough’s House
Location: Sudbury, Suffolk
Salary: £9.50 per hour
Reports to: Keeper of Art and Place
Hours: 35 hours per week, including occasional weekends
Holiday: 22 days, public holidays
Closing date: Monday 3rd October
Interview date: Week commencing 10th October
Application Form:

Job Description

Join the team developing Gainsborough’s House as one of the leading heritage attractions in East Anglia. Gainsborough’s House will be a major visitor attraction in the East of England as a world-class museum, art gallery, and study centre.  It has built four new exhibition galleries to display historic and contemporary exhibitions of international appeal and expand its ability to attract audiences and opens in late Autumn this year.

This contract apprenticeship based in Sudbury, Suffolk will provide you with an opportunity to gain invaluable skills as an in-house creative. Projects will include those for print and digital that will help us utilise our new branding and direction when we re-open. You will help to produce a variety of promotional items that will be used internally, also to encourage public engagement and inspire private and commercial sponsors. These could include anything from brochures, posters, internal material, to social media and website content.

The apprenticeship, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is designed to offer a route for people to access a career in the cultural heritage sector. You will be mentored throughout the contract to help you develop your industry experience in graphic design.

We are looking for a confident and creative candidate with strong typographic and layout skills, who is eager to learn how to set up and manage an in-house design resource. You will be someone who can work under your own initiative and as part of a small team. A flexible and positive approach is essential.

Gainsborough’s House

Gainsborough’s House is a national centre for the art of Thomas Gainsborough at the artist’s childhood home. With Gainsborough as its inspiration it seeks to bring his art and ideals to life to inspire a new generation of visitors. Our mission statement is ‘To promote the wider knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the art of Thomas Gainsborough within the context of the eighteenth century and the inspiration of the Suffolk landscape and to preserve and enhance Gainsborough’s House and its collections for the benefit of present and future generations’.   

The House explores the life and art of Thomas Gainsborough. One of the greatest artists of his age, he is renowned throughout the world for his portrait and landscape paintings. The house, ‘a most excellent Brickt Mansion,’ was bought by John Gainsborough, the artist’s father, in May 1722. Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and was baptized there at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727. He lived here until around 1740 when, as a young teenager, he was sent to London to pursue a career as an artist.  He returned to Sudbury in the spring of 1749 until 1752 when he painted his celebrated Mr and Mrs Andrews. He never lost the influence of his native town and county. ‘Nature was his teacher, and the woods of Suffolk his academy,’ noted an obituary after his death in 1788.

In 1958 Gainsborough’s House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The Museum opened to the public in 1961 and has remained open for over 50 years. Gainsborough’s House has undertaken an £8.7m National Lottery Heritage funded development project to bring Thomas Gainsborough to life for a new generation of visitors. 

Applicants should send the completed application form with a covering letter with links to any online portfolios or relevant social media to:

Trudy Pickerin, Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2EU 

or via email: 

DEADLINE: Return your applications by noon on 3rd October 2022

Interviews will be held week commencing 10th October 2022

Job Purpose: 

  • To assist the organisation with design and administration and to maximise awareness and income for Gainsborough’s House. 

Main Duties and Activities

  • Working on a range of projects requiring print and digital deliverables.
  • Maintaining the Gainsborough’s House photo library. 
  • Supporting colleagues with graphic design requirements.
  • Creating and presenting concepts, managing amendments, producing artwork and liaising with suppliers.
  • Ensuring projects are completed with high standards of quality and to deadlines.
  • Supporting our social media and online presence with updates and visual assets.
  • Working with our external design consultant who will be your mentor.
  • Other related tasks as deemed appropriate
Attributes Description 
Skills & Experience Work experience in a professional graphic design environment desirable
Excellent Design skills
Excellent attention to detail
Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
Ability to work calmly under pressure and keep to deadlines
Prioritise and manage multiple projects
Demonstrable experience of working effectively as part of a team 
Integrity, diplomacy, and professional skills to work effectively on cross-team initiatives and to consult as appropriate 
Knowledge & Qualifications Strong skills in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator), including using style sheets and libraries
A degree in Graphic Design or related qualification
Thorough understanding of typography, hierarchy, use of images, colour & composition
Good knowledge of MS Office packages desirable
Evidence of copywriting skills desirable
Personal Attributes Reliable and positive attitude
Excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with people at all levels 
Strong organisation and planning skills 
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Adaptable and flexible 
Ability to work under pressure, dealing with peaks of activity and deploying resources effectively to meet deadlines 
Interest in art history, galleries and museums
Willingness to work some weekends and evenings

Equal Opportunities

Gainsborough’s House is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all staff and welcomes applications from all individuals for advertised jobs that match their skills and interests. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We particularly