This year, the History of Art Internship Programme at ECA has placed almost 50 students in different galleries, museums, archives and libraries across Edinburgh and Glasgow. In this, the first in a series of articles focusing on the interns and their placements, we talk to Chloe Medghalchi, a Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism MSc student.

Originally from Texas, USA, Chloe graduated from Emerson College Boston in 2010 with a BA in Studio Television Production. On a semester abroad in the Netherlands, she took a course in contemporary art and was able to see the majority of artworks in person.

She decided to further her interest by studying Modern and Contemporary Art in Edinburgh because of “the allure of living abroad, the opportunity to travel, the rich collection of artworks in Europe, the world class institution and the fact that I could get my Masters in only a year!

I was drawn to the MSc Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating, and Criticism programme because of its focus on curating, and because it provides a broad set of tools for a career in the museum, gallery, and exhibition world”.

The Collection Podcast

Chloe’s internship is in the Centre for Research Collections (CRC), which provides access to the University of Edinburgh’s cultural and heritage collections; it is the only place in the UK where researchers can access material from across collection types, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary art.

Chloe explains why, as a curatorial student, she decided to take the opportunity to do an internship involving the writing, recording and editing of podcasts which bring together disparate artworks and objects around a weekly theme…

“I’m an avid podcast listener, so I’m really excited to be a part of that modern storytelling tradition. I’ve found some really great items and I also conduct interviews with different staff, students and people outside the University”.

Neil Lebeter, Art Collections Curator, says…

“For the Art Collection in particular, the podcast series plays a big part in our efforts to raise awareness of the collection - which is one of the most important in Scotland - and takes us in an exciting new direction in its interpretation.

As well as Chloe, we have a number of History of Art Interns undertaking a wide variety of tasks with us: researching and creating artist biographies for our online catalogue, for example.

It is a tremendous help for us to have that consistent level of research going on with the Art Collection and adds further understanding to the overall quality of works that our students have at their disposal”.

Listen to the first episode of The Collection Podcast in which Chloe speaks with Doug Stevens, a fifth year Fine Art student at ECA, about an exhibition he recently curated at the Main Library.

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