Belfast Exposed Photography 23 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2FF Job Title: CURATOR Employer: Belfast Exposed Photography Place of work: 23 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2FF Reports to: Director Duration: 2 years fixed term Salary: £24,000 p.a. Details Belfast Exposed Photography is Northern Ireland’s only dedicated contemporary photography gallery and community photography resource. Founded in 1983 as a community photography initiative, Belfast Exposed now functions as a gallery for contemporary photography with an emphasis on commissioning and publication of new work, enjoying a reputation for excellence at home and abroad. An opportunity has arisen for an exceptional individual to develop and deliver the gallery’s artistic programme. For more information about our exhibition programme, and the organisation, please visit: http://www.belfastexposed.org. How to apply Please submit an application form supported by a statement of interest (up to 750 words) setting out why you would like to work for Belfast Exposed and demonstrating how your knowledge, skills and experience correspond to the Job Description and Person Specification. Please also submit details of two referees and indicate whether we may contact them prior to interview. Please submit your application preferably by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Pauline Hadaway, Director, Belfast Exposed Photography, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FF The closing date for applications is Monday 1 February 2010 (no later than 5’00 pm) Interviews will be held on 15 & 16 February 2010 JOB DESCRIPTION Purpose of Job The Curator is responsible for working with the Director to develop and deliver the artistic programme of the gallery and for managing the organisation of exhibitions and projects. S/he is also responsible for managing the public programme of the gallery, including associated talks, seminars and other public events. Key Responsibilities To curate and manage the Belfast Exposed Gallery exhibition programme; To commission and support the development of new work projects; To develop and manage the publications programme; To co-ordinate exhibition-related events (talks, public discussions, screenings); To oversee exhibition and publication marketing activities. Key Tasks Planning Work closely with the Director on planning the delivery of the artistic objectives of the Belfast Exposed Gallery (BX), particularly the exhibitions and associated public programme. Research and develop the exhibition, new work and publication programmes. Organising exhibitions Organise BX exhibitions and projects to the highest possible standards, including liaison with artists and their agents, managing contracts, loans, transport, insurance and condition-checking of works, travel & accommodation for artists and visitors; Work with artists on the development of new work; Plan and agree project schedules and oversee the development and realization of exhibitions and publications; Organize a programme of public events including exhibition previews, book launches, artists’ talks, panel discussions, workshops and film screenings; Liaise with the Gallery Technician on all matters related to the installation of the work. Collaborate with partner galleries and publishers around development of new work, touring of exhibitions and distribution of publications; Present project descriptions to the Director and Board and funding bodies; Represent the work of BX to the public and conduct interviews with the press; Draw up and manage project budgets, tender for quotes and assist the director in fundraising for the exhibition programme and preparation of proposals; Deal with ongoing general enquiries from artists and unsolicited exhibition proposals. Supervise freelance staff and volunteers for exhibitions; Handle general programme-related enquiries and carry out general day-to-day administration. Management Contribute effectively to the strategic planning and development of the organisation; Contribute effectively to Belfast Exposed’s fundraising strategy Work with the Communications Manager on devising an effective publicity strategy and oversee the design of publicity material; Represent the Gallery on a range of occasions and undertake such other duties, commensurate with the post-holder’s level of responsibility and experience, as may reasonably be required; Deputise for the Director on exhibition-related matters as required. PERSON SPECIFICATION Knowledge and experience Excellent knowledge of contemporary visual art; At least four years experience of organising temporary exhibitions with at least two years at senior level; A meticulous approach to all aspects of exhibition planning, including touring and contracts; Experience of publishing exhibition catalogues and/or artists’ books; Experience of organising, planning and prioritising workloads effectively and the ability to meet deadlines under pressure; Ability to manage projects within budget; Ability to manage people, delegating where appropriate; Ability to work as part of a team. Skills and attributes Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Strong IT and administrative skills; An understanding of the arts funding system; An understanding of monitoring and reporting on funding applications.
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