Job opportunities (26.12.2022)
Head of Collections and Archives, BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL
With its world-beating festivals, thriving music scene, amazing architectural and engineering heritage, and thriving creative and media sector, Bristol is a city full of energy and imagination. At Bristol City Council we're committed to harnessing the full potential of our rich culture and creative industries to boost the local economy, encourage community cohesion and generate wellbeing.
Within our Culture and Creative Industries Service (C&CI), we are passionate about inspiring communities and visitors with stories that inspire wonder, ignite curiosity and reveal significance and meaning in our amazing collections and the world around us. As our new Head of Collections and Archives, you will work with our five museums - Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, M Shed, Red Lodge, Georgian House and Blaise Museum - to promote curatorial and research excellence across an ambitious public programme of cultural activities and display projects.
This is an opportunity to bring about real change in the way civic collections are cared for and used to engage both communities and visitors in understanding Bristol's history and future. Bristol Museums have been awarded Arts Council England NPO funding for the next three years, and key challenge will be to embed a new structure to support public programmes while simultaneously establishing a clear curatorial vision for each museum and delivering a phased programme of gallery redisplay projects.
Involved in both strategic development and ground-breaking presentation and engagement initiatives, you will inspire your team to achieve achieve continuous improvement of the service. You'll drive focused collections management, development and review, identifying and securing high-quality acquisitions, as well as leading the development of a research strategy. Working collaboratively with other departments, you will ensure seamless planning and delivery of gallery displays, temporary exhibitions, digitisation, publications and research. Meanwhile, as a member of our senior management team, you will help us build a strong and supportive management ethos and team culture across our different sites.
You have substantial leadership experience, most likely in the museums, archives, heritage or academic sectors. This should include a thorough knowledge of curatorial and archives practice, collections management and the delivery of exhibitions and research projects. You have a strong track-record of inspiring audiences by interpreting museum and archive collections in innovative and engaging ways. Highly organised, with an eye for detail, you're capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously. A strong, resilient manager and team player, you're ready to work collaboratively across the service and council, and with external partners.
In return, you'll have access to a range of valuable benefits including membership of the Local Government Pension scheme and generous annual leave entitlement. We place high value on creating an inclusive, healthy workplace and offer a range of flexible working options and family friendly policies.
Paper Conservator, TATE
You'll be part of a team of conservators and technicians who assess the materials and condition, advise on the care and display, and treat, mount, frame and pack Tate's excellent collection of historical, modern and contemporary works on paper and photographs.
You'll enjoy this role if you know a lot about artists' materials, have done a great deal of treatment on works of art on paper and photographs and have a good sense of the impact of environmental factors including light and pollutants. You'll need to be comfortable working with contemporary art, organising information and collaborating with colleagues in a welcoming atmosphere.
We welcome national and international applicants for this role. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Jacqueline Moon, Conservation Manager - Paper and Photographs at firstname.lastname@example.org
This position is offered on a fixed-term contract until 30 September 2024.
Successful candidates will have access to a range of benefits, including 25 days annual leave entitlement, rising to 27 days pro rata after 3 years of service; an extra day off for your birthday each year; a cycle to work scheme; opportunities for blended and flexible working; free access to Tate exhibitions and other museums and galleries; Life Assurance; and a 'Defined Contribution' pension scheme with generous employer contributions. Successful candidates who are already members of the Civil Service Pension Scheme or have recently left the scheme may be eligible to remain as members of this scheme instead.
For more information and to apply, please visit the website via the apply button.
The closing date for the submission of completed application forms is 29 January 2023 by midnight.
Head of Development, PITZHANGER MANOR & GALLERY TRUST
An exciting opportunity for a dynamic and successful Head of Development to be a key member of the Senior Management Team and lead the fundraising and development strategy at Sir John Soane's Pitzhanger Manor and its contemporary art Gallery.
Pitzhanger Manor is the Grade 1 listed 'country' house of Sir John Soane, designed and built by Soane between 1800 -1804 in what was then rural Ealing. Pitzhanger reopened to the public in March 2019 following a major HLF and ACE-supported restoration project to restore the house to Soane's original design and upgrade the adjacent Gallery to stage ambitious and challenging contemporary exhibitions.
Pitzhanger re-opened following COVID-lockdown in 2021 with an ambitious exhibitions programme, including exhibitions with artists Julian Opie and Rana Begum, and continuing with a solo exhibition of works by Sir Anthony Caro opening in March 2023. Alongside its exhibition programme Pitzhanger runs a successful and growing public programme of events, learning and outreach activities to engage schools and our diverse community. With bold aspirations to build on our post-COVID recovery, we are looking for a talented development professional to build and lead Pitzhanger's crucial fundraising strategy to support the delivery of our mission to inspire our communities with art, architecture and design.
Reporting to the Director, and working closely with Pitzhanger's entrepreneurial team, you will play a crucial role in building on Pitzhanger's past successes and existing valuable relationships to create new fundraising opportunities. You will bring demonstrable fundraising skills and experience, spanning trusts, corporates and individuals, and a proven track record of initiating and securing major gifts.
You will have the talent to design and implement successful fundraising initiatives and events to attract, engage and retain a wide range of supporters. You will be responsible for developing and maintaining excellent relationships with funders and prospects.
You will be inspired by the opportunity to work in a small team and on a young venture where your input can have real impact; you will be flexible and entrepreneurial, and motivated by the opportunity to help shape and develop the Pitzhanger team. As a member of the Senior Management Team, you will have excellent communication skills, a keen attention to detail and an ability to build collaborative relationships both within the organisation and with supporters.
Senior Manager Museums Audience Engagement, THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF ENGLAND
Following a six year closure and a £4.7million re-development the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons of England will re-open in spring 2023 with an expected 80,000 visitors in its first year. The College's Anatomy and Pathology Museum re-opened on site in October.
The College is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated individual to deliver an exceptional visitor experience for public and professional medical audiences, on site and online.
You will lead on museum operations effectively managing resources to deliver inspiring and inclusive school visits, events, exhibitions and visitor services.
You will lead on the promotion of RCSEng Museums and audience development initiatives.
The role requires the post holder to work a five-day week, four days per week on site with option of one day working from home. The post-holder will also act as duty manager of the Hunterian Museum one weekend out of four and occasional bank holidays.
The Royal College of Surgeons of England provides excellent staff benefits including 27 days annual leave, time off in lieu for public holidays working, and college benefit days, a contributory pension scheme, an annual season ticket loan and numerous staff discounts and wellbeing services.
Please see the job description for further details.
If you wish to apply or if you have any questions about this position please click apply and email your CV together with a cover letter to us.
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Collection & Website Manager, The Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation
This is a collection manager role for a Foundation owned touring art collection, working closely with the Director. An ideal candidate would have collection / exhibition management experience. It is based in London but partial remote working will be considered. Please send a cover letter addressing the person specifications below as part of the application.
- Managing the Collection Management System (CMS) for accurate records and cataloguing
- Overseeing the care of the Collection, stored offsite, including organising conservation, photography and framing
- Arranging and overseeing all installations of the Collection, employing art handlers to do so or working with exhibition partners
- Regularly condition checking the Collection, either as agreed at intervals or at all points of movement, whether for loan or temporary removal from a lease site
- Managing the relationship with our fine art storage providers and art handlers
- Liaising with insurance on the constant and accurate cover of the Collection and informing them of any changes that might effect value limits or create new risks
- Handling all paperwork for loans and exhibitions, including object lists, insurance schedules and contracts
- Managing the relationship and contracts with corporate and government partners, coordinating swaps or refreshed hangs with the Director
- Acting as courier for national loans and exhibitions, virtually when needed
- Using the CMS to improve public access to and research of the Collection online
- Daily management of the website including uploading news stories and reporting FWAF activities
- Driving forward web development, identifying areas for improvement
- Promoting online content daily with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Mailchimp
- Overseeing freelance editors and writers providing online content and the biannual magazine, assisting with proof-reading
- General office administration including answering email and phone queries, processing invoices, digital filing, managing the paper archive
- Manage distribution and storage of published magazine and books
- Supporting the Director with general tasks, research or admin
- Promoting FWAF by building relationships within the sector
- Supervising occasional interns
- Reporting regularly to the Board of Trustees with the Director
- Interest in visuals arts, either through degree, experience or proven research.
- Experience with collection management systems and artwork condition reports
- Experience of working with fine art storage facilities, art handlers and insurers
- Must be a self-starter, who is happy to work often on their own and manage their own workload, whilst also able to work well in teams and manage relationships with various external colleagues and contractors
- Ability to work flexibly and manage multiple deadlines as once, as this is a varied role
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
- Knowledge and passion for Scottish art and art history
- Experience with social media and creating online content
- Some knowledge of museum standards in terms of cataloguing, art handling, collection care and environmental conditions for storage and display
- Good understanding of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel for use in reports, such as insurance and the art register
Photographic Archive Assistant- 18 Month FTC, THE NATIONAL GALLERY
The National Gallery is seeking a skilled Photographic Archive Assistant for 18 months to work on a large-scale project to digitise and audit Collection material in the National Gallery's Photographic Archive. The project is delivered as part of the gallery's Digital Dossier Programme (DDP), an ambitious research infrastructure and knowledge-enabling change programme that aims to make 'everything we know about our pictures available to everyone'.