Curatorial Fellow

Job details:
Watts Gallery
Expiring Date: 11 September 2017
Date: 09 August 2017
Sector: Visual Arts
Function: Curator/Assistant Curator
Contract: Full Time
Salary: 20,000 - 30,000
Place of work: United Kingdom (Guildford)
Watts Gallery

Job Description

Job Title:     Curatorial Fellow
Organisation:     Watts Gallery Trust  
Salary:     £25,000 p.a.
Type:     Full-Time Position
Location:     Compton near Guildford, England
Closing Date:     Monday, September 11th, 2017
Job Ref No:    
Other Benefits:   This position is residential. The Fellow has sole use of a two-bedroom house within the historic Watts Gallery building, recently entirely refurbished, with all amenities bills paid.
Job Description:
Watts Gallery—Artists’ Village is seeking to recruit an emerging curator for a two-year period to take part in all aspects of the organisation’s life.

This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious and talented person to take on real responsibility in a museum distinguished for its collections of the work of the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) and for its lively exhibition programme.

The Watts Gallery Curatorial Fellow will be a key member of the Curatorial Team, involved in the conservation, display and interpretation of the collections; in research and learning activities; and in delivering our exhibitions.

The post-holder, as a resident of the Artists’ Village, will play an important role in the security of the site.

Package: c.£25,000p.a. equivalent; comprising: sole use of two-bedroom house within historic Watts Gallery building, recently entirely refurbished, with all amenities bills paid; plus £12,000 p.a. salary.


Play a full part in every aspect of the Curatorial Department’s life in order to develop a rounded experience of curatorial work. The Fellow will :

• assist in the management of the collection
• build up documentation of the collection on our database and improve its online presentation
• assist in aspects of the conservation and environmental well-being of the collection
• assist in the management of the Library and Archive, especially the cataloguing of the Archive
• manage temporary exhibitions including "Christina Rossetti and the Visual Arts" (November 2018)
• enhance our displays including the Watts Studios and the Sculpture Gallery
• provide curatorial input to projects undertaken by colleagues in the Learning, Marketing, Development and Commercial Teams
• be part of Watts Gallery—Artists’ Village’s public face – meeting visitors, answering queries, giving talks and tours
• share in the Duty Management of Watts Gallery—Artists’ Village, including occasional weekends as per the Duty Manager Rota (for which Time off in Lieu will be given)
• support and train Volunteers and Guides
• help ensure the highest standards of security across the site
• carry out other related work as required by the Curator or Director
Required Skills:
• Two years’ experience as employee or volunteer in a museum, gallery, archive or heritage environment
• Object handling and collections care experience
• Knowledge of nineteenth-century art and design
• Excellent written communication skills in English
• Excellent IT skills, including Word, Excel, database and email applications, and website management
• Excellent organisational and planning skills, coupled with the ability to work calmly under pressure and to tight deadlines
• Ability to supervise volunteers
• Driving Licence (due to residential nature of the post and limited public transport in the immediate area)
• Relevant degree or qualification in History, Museum Studies or Art/Design
• Enjoy working with people; good interpersonal skills
• Strong organisational and planning skills
• Flexibility and patience
• Highly proactive and self-motivated
• Good communicator
• Strong interest in Victorian art
• Ability to work autonomously and as part of the Watts Gallery team
• A belief in the need to make arts and heritage accessible to all
• A flexible approach to working hours, including evenings and weekends as required
Application Instructions:
Please apply by letter with CV to Nicholas Tromans, Brice Curator, at [email protected]

The letter should explain why your skills, experience and ambitions would suit this role, making reference to the list of Required Skills; the CV should include the name, address and contact details of two referees able to comment on your suitability for the position.

Deadline for applications: 5pm 11 September 2017

Interviews will be held at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village on Tuesday 19 September 2017

Please note we will only contact applicants if invited for interview
Contact Name:     Nicholas Tromans
Contact Tel:     01483 901806
Contact Fax:    
Contact Email:     [email protected]
Address:     Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey.

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