Job: Assistant Curator - Learning & Engagement (Maternity Leave)


Employer: The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
Reports to: The Director
Hours of work: Full time (40 hours p/week)
Salary: 28,500 euros per annum, with a professional development allotment
Contract type: Fixed term 12 months (Maternity Leave)
Start Date: 14 May 2018
Probation period: 1 month
Annual leave: 25 days
Closing Date: Monday 19 March 2018 at 5PM (GMT)
Interviews: Week of 26 March 2018

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is seeking applicants for the role of Assistant Curator (Learning & Engagement).

The Douglas Hyde Gallery was co-founded by the Arts Council and Trinity College in 1978 as Ireland’s first publicly funded gallery for contemporary art. Housed in the university’s Arts Building, the DHg has two main spaces: the cavernous Gallery 1 designed by Paul Koralek of ABK Architects, and the more intimate Gallery 2, designed by McCullough Mulvin architects and opened in 2001.The DHg has a unique track record of presenting innovative exhibitions by Irish and International artists, resonating strongly with audiences in Dublin, Ireland and beyond. We have recently presented the first solo exhibitions in Ireland by Paul Graham, Francis Upritchard and Alice Neel, alongside pivotal solo exhibitions by Irish artists Aleana Egan, Sam Keogh and Caoimhe Kilfeather.

Working closely with the Director, and the Assistant Curator (Exhibitions), the Assistant Curator (Learning and Engagement) (Maternity Leave) will manage the production and coordination of the gallery’s Learning and Engagement programmes, as well as other related duties.

The main responsibilities of this role are:

  • Managing the programming, production and coordination of the Gallery’s Learning and Engagement programme
  • Working closely with artists, the Director, and the Assistant Curator (Exhibitions) to plan a programme of events related to the exhibition programme
  • Initiating learning and engagement strategies with the aim of increasing awareness and understanding of the Gallery’s programme
  • Communicating effectively with the Gallery’s audience and press regarding the exhibitions and events; developing and growing this audience
  • Working with the Assistant Curator (Exhibitions) on running the gallery’s social media
  • Managing rosters for the Gallery Assistants and ensuring they are well informed on the gallery’s programme (exhibitions, events, etc.)
  • Overseeing the smooth running of the Gallery’s bookshop and catalogue archive 
  • Researching new funding possibilities and sustaining relationships with existing funders (arts councils, private foundations, embassies, cultural organisations, individuals etc.)
  • Communicating with the Gallery’s Patron and Friends programme
  • Researching sponsorship opportunities and maintaining relationships with current sponsors
  • Liaising with third parties on the occasional hire of the Gallery spaces
  • Representing the gallery at openings, networking events and meetings
  • Observing equal opportunities policies and organisational procedures
  • Maintain a high standard of work performance, attendance, appearance and punctuality at all times.
  • To present and act in a professional manner at all times
  • To assume responsibility for his/her own professional development and safe work practice.
  • To ensure a safe environment for himself/herself, colleagues and visitors.

The post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post, which may be assigned to them from time to time, and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. This job description will be subject to review in the light of changing circumstances. It is not intended to be exhaustive but should be regarded as providing guidelines within which individuals work.

The successful candidate should possess: 

  • An advanced degree or equivalent experience in arts education, curatorial studies, art history, fine arts, or visual culture
  • A minimum of 1 year experience of working at an art gallery or other cultural institution
  • Experience of working with artists and on learning & engagement programmes
  • Exemplary knowledge of contemporary art practices
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • High self-motivation and ability to take initiative
  • Experience developing and administering learning & engagement programmes
  • Excellent organizational and management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including excellent command of the English language
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A proven track record in project management and planning
  • Proficiency in Mac OSX, Microsoft Office; familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat), Squarespace and social media tools an asset
  • High motivation and enthusiasm in working in the field of contemporary art and as a small team
  • The ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends 
  • Full work permit if applying from abroad

How to apply

Please submit your application by email to with the subject line “Assistant Curator (Learning & Engagement).” Your application should be in PDF format and include:

  1. A cover letter outlining your interest in the post and how your experience meets its requirements.
  2. A CV 
  3. Names and contact details of two references

We apologize that we cannot reply to all applicants, and only those asked for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please but any questions can be sent by email to the address listed above.  

The Douglas Hyde Gallery hires on the basis of merit and is committed to selecting staff without discriminating on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, orientation, religion, creed, or disability.