Frames Conservation Fellowship
The aim of Tate is to increase public awareness, understanding and appreciation of
British art from the 16th century to the present day, and of international modern and
Collection Care Division
Tate’s Collection Care Division, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, is
responsible for ensuring that the Collection is available and accessible forever. Its
operations embrace the management, care and conservation of the art, archive and
library collections while also facilitating programmes of access, acquisitions,
exhibitions and displays. The Division comprises five departments:
Art Handling & Storage: Delivering Tate’s programme of exhibitions, displays,
loans and acquisitions. Responsible for moving and installing art works, managing
Tate’s storage facilities and long term storage strategy for the Collection.
Collection Management: Responsible for the logistical, legal and practical aspects
of looking after all the works of art in the care of Tate. Holds the inventory of all
works of art in the Collection and is the guardian of information on display and
movement of works, for all Tate sites as well as loans out to national partners and
galleries throughout the world. The department comprises the Registrars and
Library, Archive, Prints & Drawings: Providing primary and secondary sources
for researchers, and supporting the scholarship of Tate staff, adding context and
meaning for visitors. The department is responsible for records management across
Conservation: The Conservation Department is responsible for the technical
investigation, conservation and restoration of works of art in the Collection and Tate’s
care. The Department provides specialist conservation services for all aspects of
Tate’s activities including preservation of the collection; preparation of works for
display and transport, publications and education. In addition to the examination,
treatment and documentation of works of art in all media, advice is given on
conservation aspects of acquisition, loan, storage, display, handling and transport.
Research, development and training programmes are maintained with sponsored
Internships, Fellowships and both permanent and sponsored research posts. Findings
are disseminated through publications, conferences and exhibitions as well as
informing procedures and advice internally. Specialist areas in include Painting,
Frames, Sculpture, Paper and Time-based media.
The Fellowship will be an eight month placement within our Frames Conservation
Section. The Fellow will have the opportunity to develop and broaden their
knowledge of collection care by working in a highly specialised team in a major art
This post is based in the Frames Section of the Conservation Department, which is
responsible for the technical investigation, conservation and restoration of works of
art in the Tate’s Collection and in its care.
You can find further information about Tate on our website: www.tate.org.uk
Purpose of the Fellowship
The Fellow will have the opportunity to undertake a major treatment and research-
based project on frames from the Collection. It will be in an area of specific interest,
agreed with the Section at the start of the Fellowship and regularly reviewed. The
successful person will also receive the necessary support and training as required.
In addition there will be the potential to plan for involvement in a wide range of
conservation activities and museum practice. The role will be supervised by an
experienced Frames Conservator and supported by other conservation staff as
Candidates should prepare their project proposal which will form the main element of
their Fellowship, and which will be discussed at interview. If you would like to
discuss your proposal ideas please contact Gerry Alabone at
While at Tate you will have the opportunity, among the following, to:
• Complete a major treatment and research-based project in an area of specific
interest. This could be based on the full treatment of a frame or group of
frames from the Collection and would involve strong investigative and
• Collaborate with fellow conservators from all disciplines as well as registrars,
art handlers, photographers and other museum professionals. Gain first-hand
knowledge of museum practice, such as acquisitions, exhibitions, displays,
loans procedures, gallery environment, storage, packing, handling and
• Observe and contribute to the daily work of the section, including the
preparation of frames for loan, display at Tate and travelling exhibitions.
Examine period and modern frames in the Collection, document, assess and
carry out treatments.
• Carry out examinations and more complex treatment. This might include
sampling, cross-sectioning, microscopy, technical photography, pigment and
• Undertake an original research project to publishable standard, addressing an
area of interest to the Fellow, connected to Tate’s Collection or conservation
• Time will be allowed for attendance at relevant conferences and courses.
Skills and Experience to be eligible for this Fellowship:
• Hold a recognised conservation qualification in frames or equivalent training, with
proven post-training experience.
• Ability to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of ethics and reasoning
behind treatment choices and to conserve works to a high standard.
• Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skill to undertake technical examination,
conservation, remedial treatments and documentation of different types of frames
in a variety of conditions.
• Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skill to carry out research.
• Ability to demonstrate strong motivation to develop a career in frames
• Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
• Demonstrable ability to work as part of a team and independently.
• Time management skills and the ability to work to strict deadlines.
• Good word processing and IT skills.
• Willingness to travel and spend time in various Tate site locations including Tate
This Fellowship has been made possible due to funding secured for Frames
The allowance for this fellowship is £22,000 per annum.
An additional £800 has been allocated for study and travel to visit other workshops,
galleries, attendance at relevant conferences, courses and to purchase necessary PPE
equipment and tools.
The intern will be entitled to paid holiday under the Working Time Directive
Regulations. This entitlement is currently 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday each year (to
include any bank holidays).
Tate is unable to make an offer of permanent employment at the end of this
Your application form should include full details of your skills and experience to date
detailing, with examples, how you meet the criteria outlined above, as well as
describing your main areas of interest and what you expect to gain from the
Fellowship. Please also include details of two referees.
Please quote reference 9157 and send your application to:
Human Resources Department
London SW1P 4RG
Fax: 020 7887 8029
In view of the increasing postal costs and our constant need to make the best possible
use of our resources it is our policy to write only to those people who are invited for
interview. I am sure that you will appreciate the need for this. If you would like
confirmation of receipt of your application please enclose a stamped addressed
postcard. If you do not receive an invitation to interview within four weeks of the
closing date, regrettably you should assume that you have not been successful on this
The closing date for the return of letters of application is Tuesday 6 April 2010 at
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