The internship programme at ROOM Gallery & Projects, is a hands-on skills development program, offering experiential learning, practical engagement in real- time Art projects, with increasing levels of responsibility within the organisation as the internship progresses.

Self-motivation, hard work, attention to detail, good communication and interpersonal skills are essential in the selection of an Internship candidate.

The selected candidate will be involved in daily operational activities at ROOM and apply skills learned in the running of the BHEKA Windows Residency as the practical output of the internship. More detailed information on BHEKA can be found below.

This is a 6-12 month internship and will require a commitment of 3 x 8 hour working days per week with alternating Saturdays, as well as some evenings during which ROOM will host events and projects at its premises.

The Internship includes a stipend.

The focus of the ROOM internship is in the following areas:

  • Curatorial practice
  • Funding and sponsorship research and assistance in funding proposals
  • Marketing and communications
  • Management & Coordination of Projects
  • General administration including financials

Necessary skills:

  • Degree / Diploma in Art/Architecture/ Social Sciences/ Marketing/Art Administration/Social Sciences related fields (not a prerequisite);
  • Organisation & planning skills;
  • Computer literacy in Windows and Mac operating systems;
  • Design skills would be advantageous;
  • Basic administration skills;
  • Driver’s Licence (not a prerequisite).

Application must consist of motivation letter and CV. Candidates must be available for interviews in the week of 7-11th August and available to start on 14th August 2017. 


For further queries please contact Maria Fidel Regueros: or Jemma Dwyer

Activities/Learning focus areas will include the following and thus inform BHEKA activities

Curatorial skills:

  • Intern will participate in the development of ROOM programming, which includes exhibition conceptualisation and design;
  • Artist/s liaison including contractual matters; Exhibition installation.

Fundraising & sponsorship:

  • Fundraising and Sponsorship research;
  • Participation in Fundraising applications.

Marketing and PR:

  • Guided facilitation in press release writing and invitation design;
  • Distribution of marketing materials – eg. E-vites using ROOM’s mass mailing software;
  • Website updates and maintenance;
  • Update of Social media and networks i.e. develop and grow membership;
  • Update and maintenance of artists and audiences databases;
  • Update and maintenance of Media database;
  • Update and maintenance of Exhibiting artist/s database;
  • Update and maintenance of arts industry database.

Exhibitions & projects related content, Audience development content and related events

  • Assist with ROOM exhibitions and projects installations;
  • Assist in the coordination of Exhibition openings & artist/s walkabouts, workshops and events programme;
  • Attain Knowledge of Exhibitions display & participate in client liaison;
  • Documentation of displays: audio-visual;
  • Audience development.

Day-to-day support with running of the organisation:

  • General gallery administrations e.g. phone calls, filing, updating archives, emailing etc.
  • Tracking project deadlines;
  • Communications with various stakeholders and members;
  • Artist and public liaison;
  • Attendance of exhibition openings and events are also required.
  • Invoicing
  • Petty cash & requisitions;
  • Project and Exhibition Budgeting


BHEKA is a window space in ROOM Gallery & Projects founded by Refiloe Namise and Alexander Appolis. It serves as a permanent micro-residency.

BHEKA a space of interrogation, contemplation and occupation, where the public and creatives respond to what appears on/in/around the window space. This is the mode of thinking through the space and future projects.

The window exists as a mediated liminal space, between the gallery and the 'outside'. In essence, the 'interior' interacts with an 'exterior' through a distorted lens. This idea led to the naming of the space in terms of the idea of looking, ukuBheka (to look), Bheka, which translates to 'look', in isiZulu. Bheka.

BHEKA embodies the desires of the current young generation to be noticed. It serves as an extension, sometimes as an alternative space and at other times a space to explore its own potentialities.

The space will allow for happenings to occur. These happenings will be evoked by various texts and text-based imagery. The space will keep within the objectives of the gallery- focusing on collaborations, collectivity, interactions, visual dialogue and creative exchange.
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