We are seeking an ambitious and talented individual to join the team and lead the curatorial programming at a contemporary gallery in Wales, working with the Director and the wider gallery team to create a stimulating high-quality exhibition offer to its audiences and online community.
We require someone familiar with the functioning, both financially and content-wise, of the international contemporary art world and its connections, able to discuss and mediate complex themes and concepts in a clear and easily understandable way to local, national and international audiences. A wide network of contacts, and a far-reaching approach and ambition is essential.
To research, develop and curate the content of the visual arts programme across all potential outputs, from exhibitions to events, and publications to online activity. To drive the curatorial focus and strategy, maximising fundraising opportunities and ensuring programme content resonates with the public. The Curator of Visual Arts will play a hands-on role within the organisation including programming, fundraising and grant writing, operations, budgeting, press relations and advocacy, support of creative talent, as well as coordination of part-time staff and / or temporary project managers in relation to the exhibition programme.
You will be based within a small collegiate team working cross departmentally to ensure your programme is embedded within the gallery’s education and outreach, digital output, organisational partnerships, retail, marketing and communications.
What we are looking for
? You will have a minimum of three years significant experience of exhibition management and/or curation as well as programme related events
? Good experience in researching, disseminating and curating information about contemporary art within a public programme
? Demonstrable success in a role requiring high levels of organisation and leadership
? Clear and effective verbal skills and a clear grasp of the English language, using this to write clearly, concisely and professionally. Knowledge of Welsh language is desirable and will be considered an advantage.
? Ability to take initiative, recognise and prioritise the tasks that need to be carried out
? Strong understanding of partnership and team working
? Research, Development and Delivery: Lead and manage the exhibition curatorial programme under the guidance of the Director including
primary support in production, coordination, planning and execution of exhibition seasons.
? Development: Follow up on interesting projects / developing relationships with contacts outside of the organisation that help enable the development of the curatorial programme including fundraising, bid writing, production partnerships, sponsorships and patronage.
? Research and Delivery: write and copy-edit texts; obtain images and copyright permissions for use in publications and communication materials, including website.
? Delivery: Monitor and maintain budgets for specific exhibition programmes, including public programmes, publications, editions, and archiving.
? Delivery: work with Education, Events and Marketing teams and Retail to ensure smooth delivery of all exhibition programme-related activities. Provide lectures, talks and presentations on aspects of the exhibitions to a diverse audience through an appropriate vocabulary and mediation techniques.
? Delivery: Research loans and prepare loan documentation, administer loan requests and ensure loan conditions and exhibition admin procedures are fulfilled i.e. organise exhibition related transport and insurance, updating checklists, obtaining estimates of costs, monitoring customs documentation, liaising with shippers and the exhibition external curator(s) when necessary, condition and packing reports, liaise with conservators and couriers when necessary, obtaining estimates, negotiating deals, and processing invoices.
? Delivery: Coordinate temporary project managers, interns and other freelance employees as necessary
? Communication: Illustrate and explain the programmes and their outputs to key audiences and internally within the organisation. Work together with other members of the team to assist with PR and press communications, social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) content organisation and scheduling.
? Profile: Build profile to reinforce the gallery’s international curatorial reputation.
Salary: £30k pa (pro rata); £24k for 30 hours/4 days per week