Opportunities







Internships: Closed 


The Geoffrey Bawa Trust aims to familiarize students and recent graduates with the operations of its Collections Management and Exhibition Programmes. The Curatorial Internship Programme is designed to provide professional experience to emerging practitioners in the design disciplines, the arts, the humanities, and cultural studies who are interested in exploring editorial and curatorial work in architecture and the arts. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the Trust's curatorial approach—in particular its collection, exhibitions, editorial projects, and research program. Interns work full-time or part-time for a period of three to nine months, and receive a stipend. Areas of focus include; research, archiving, conservation, framing, object handling and storage, exhibition design and fabrication.

Internship Positions (full-time):
Geoffrey Bawa Trust Research Internship
Geoffrey Bawa Trust Exhibitions Internship
Geoffrey Bawa Trust Archives Internship


Eligibility and Requirements
Internships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate keen interest and responsibility in their respective fields. Internships cannot be carried out remotely and candidates must be based in Sri Lanka in order to carry out the requirements of the position. Applications must include the following:
  • A one-page cover letter describing the relevance of the internship to your larger goals
  • A résumé or CV
  • An unofficial transcript of your undergraduate or graduate record
  • Two references, including Name, Title, Relationship to you and Email or Phone Number of Contact Person.

Applications should be emailed in a single .pdf format (file size less than 10 mb) to opportunities.gbt@gmail.com and be submitted by Sunday 15 August, 5 p.m. This position is only open to applicants who are legally eligible to work in Sri Lanka (citizens and those who have work permits).

Candidates will be contacted directly if an interview is appropriate.  Please understand that with the volume of applications we receive, we will not have a chance to contact everyone. Note that we do not retain resumes which are not for a current opening so we encourage applicants to check the website periodically for updates.





Volunteer Programme


Since launching  our Bawa 100 centenary programme, we have had a lot of interest from people who would like to volunteer at Lunuganga Trust. Volunteering is a great way to engage with your community, learn new skills, make friends and professional contacts, and engage more deeply with the legacy of an extraordinary architect and his collections. We accept volunteers aged 16 and over. Volunteers under 18 may be limited as to what volunteer opportunities are available to them. Volunteering is not equivalent to an internship or work experience. To find out more, or express interest, email opportunities.gbt@gmail.com

Ideal candidates should possess an appreciation for art, a genuine interest in engaging with the public, keen attention to detail, and a positive attitude. Geoffrey Bawa Trust volunteers are proactive, adaptable, and understand that reliability is key.









Assistant Curator: Closed


The Geoffrey Bawa Trust is a non-profit, public trust that was established in 1982 with the objectives of furthering the fields of Architecture, the Fine Arts and Ecological and Environmental Studies. We offer an exciting, inclusive work environment for enthusiastic, organized and proactive individuals who are eager to take part in the Trust’s mission, responding to new ideas and initiatives with insight and intelligence.

The Assistant Curator will work with the Geoffrey Bawa Trust’s curatorial team on managing and improving access to the Trust’s art and archival collections, both on site and digitally, and delivering an exciting public programme. A set number of hours between 3–5 workdays a week are required. Work hours are flexible and work can be carried out remotely so long as the candidate is available in person at weekly meetings as well as at Trust events etc as required. Salary is commensurate with work experience. A minimum of 3 years commitment to the position is required and the position will commence on July 1, 2021.

The Geoffrey Bawa Trust seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued. As an employer we foster an inclusive and flexible work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.



Eligibility and Requirements
Curatorial applicants must demonstrate keen interest and responsibility in the fields of architecture, art, conservation and public engagement.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in architecture, art history, art/museum education or related field OR 2 years of museum or institutional experience in curatorial or educational capacity required; equivalent education/experience considered. Must have exceptional organizational, event, and program management skills with the ability to nimbly prioritize and execute short-term and long-term projects. Must have excellent writing and communication skills in English, and preferably in at least one other language. Demonstrated ability to manage challenges and opportunities in unconventional, creative, and mission-focused manner and a conscientious, responsible work ethic is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree in architecture, art history or museum studies with emphasis on museum education preferred. Familiarity with modern and contemporary arts and with current museum policies and practices, critical pedagogy, and multicultural education helpful. Familiarity with strategies and tools for online engagement and the use of technology for interpretation and learning preferred.

Applications must include the following:
  • A one-page cover letter summarizing your interest in the position and providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in this brief.
  • A résumé or CV
  • An unofficial transcript of your undergraduate or graduate record
  • Contact information for two references who can speak to your suitability to the role.
  • Contact information should include Name, Title, Relationship to you and Email or Phone Number of Contact Person.

Applications should be emailed in a single .pdf format (file size less than 10 mb) to collections@gbtrust.net and be submitted by Friday 2 April, 5 p.m.

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