Job Title: Exhibitions Co-ordinator
Location: The Holburne Museum
Reports to: Senior Curator
Contract: Full time
Salary in the region of £23,000 pa depending on experience
Hours of work: 37.5 per week
The Holburne Museum was founded in 1882 as Bath’s first art museum, with at its heart, the unique survival of a Victorian townhouse collection bequeathed by Sir William Holburne. It is a treasure house of Old Master paintings, portrait miniatures, porcelain, Renaissance bronzes and ceramics, silver and embroidery and is particularly renowned for its eighteenth-century British paintings.
The Exhibitions Co-ordinator is responsible for the management and administration of the Holburne’s acclaimed programme of temporary exhibitions. Working closely within the Museum’s friendly and energetic team of 21 staff and 300 volunteers, as well as lenders, guest curators and external contractors, the Exhibitions Co-ordinator is responsible for delivering each exhibition to deadline and on budget, and helps to shape the programme for future temporary exhibitions.
The Holburne stages regularly changing exhibitions and displays in its three main exhibition spaces (the Roper Gallery, the Wirth Gallery and ‘On the Table’ in the Davidson Ballroom) with occasional contemporary interventions elsewhere in the Museum and grounds. Each exhibition will be curated internally by one of the Museum’s curatorial staff (Director, Senior Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts), occasionally working with guest curators.
The Holburne’s Vision
Changing lives through art: We believe enjoyment of the arts changes people’s lives. We promote this by keeping the Museum free to enter and by:
• Caring for, understanding, developing, displaying and interpreting our collection, building and site
• Reaching as wide a public as possible by providing a welcoming, intimate experience of the arts
• Creating exhibitions, events and educational activities of outstanding quality, impact and imagination
• Being confident, adventurous and innovative
Statement of Purpose
The Holburne’s charitable objects for the public benefit, as set out in our original trust deed, are:
• The provision and maintenance of a museum in the city of Bath for the exhibition to the public of a collection of specimens of the fine and decorative arts.
• The extension, enhancement, conservation, storage and maintenance of the art collection.
• Promotion of education in art and allied subjects, and of the appreciation of art.
As a University Museum, in particular through our cultural partnership with Bath Spa University, we also seek to develop and encourage the use of the Holburne’s collection and the expertise of its staff as an educational resource.
Excellence: To maintain and develop the Holburne Museum’s reputation for high quality in all of its activities
Resilience: To create a sustainable museum through ambitious programming, fundraising, commercial activities, partnerships and staff development
Engagement: To increase and broaden audiences by providing engaging, meaningful and welcoming experiences
Main Duties & Responsibilities:
• Managing the schedule of exhibitions for the Roper and Wirth exhibition galleries, ‘On the Table’ displays in the Ballroom and occasional loan exhibitions or artist interventions in other areas of the Museum and grounds, ensuring that dates are internally manageable and externally advantageous.
• Member of the exhibitions strategic team, soliciting ideas for exhibitions from guest curators, managing external offers of exhibitions and internal exhibition proposals.
• Minutes monthly meetings of the exhibitions strategic team.
• Chairs monthly exhibitions logistics meetings.
• Working with partner museums on shared / touring exhibitions and negotiating partnership agreements and fees.
• Project management of temporary exhibitions: setting and agreeing budgets and installation/de-installation schedules, administering loan requests and loan agreements, arranging transport and insurance or government indemnity cover.
• Co-ordinating the design of the layout, graphics, and case construction for temporary exhibitions and commissioning external contractors and conservators.
• Obtaining image rights and working with the curators, Head of Communications and external designers on related print material.
• Maintaining exhibitions whilst on display: ensuring galleries, display cases and graphics are well maintained and monitoring environmental conditions.
• Develop, manage and administer touring programmes to broaden the Holburne’s reach and to promote the Museum’s reputation for excellence.
E = Essential
D = Desirable
• Educated to degree level (E)
• Membership of UK Registrars Group or equivalent (D)
• Demonstrable knowledge of working with historic and contemporary art (E)
• At least two years’ experience of exhibition co-ordination (E)
• Sound working knowledge of current standards of collections care and museum practice, particularly in object handling, packing and transport, loans administration, environmental monitoring, insurance and government indemnity (E)
• Art handling experience and ability to train others (E)
• Good computer skills; proven ability to use databases and exhibition management systems, preferably FileMaker and Exhibita Pro (E)
• Excellent written and spoken communication skills and numeracy (E)
• Meticulous attention to detail (E)
• Reliable project management and budgeting skills (E)
• Flexibility and ability to manage high-risk and stressful situations (E)
• Practical, flexible and collaborative approach to external contractors, couriers, lenders and guest curators and proven ability to work effectively within a dynamic and committed team (E)
Please note that we do not accept CVs