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Job: Assistant Curator (Exhibitions)

 

Job Title: Assistant Curator (Exhibitions)
Employer: The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
Reports to: The Director
Hours of work: Full time (40 hours p/week)
Salary: 29,500 euros per annum, with a professional development allotment
Contract type: Fixed term 2 years
Probation period: 6 months
Annual leave: 20 days
Closing Date: Monday 23 October 2017 at 5PM (GMT)
Interviews: Week of 6th November 2017

 

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is seeking applicants for the role of Assistant Curator (Exhibitions). 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 (Education and Outreach), the candidate will manage the production and coordination of our exhibition programme including 5 exhibitions in Gallery 1 and 5 exhibitions in Gallery 2, as well as commissions, offsite projects and other related events.

The main responsibilities of this role are:

  • Managing the production and coordination of exhibitions including; budgets, schedules, artist liaison, artist travel, management of installs, art handing, transport, customs and logistics, loan forms, condition reports etc.
  • Working closely with artists and the Director to commission and produce artworks, researching and liaising with fabricators, managing budgets and schedules
  • Managing installation staff rosters and technical requirements for exhibitions/projects
  • Managing the day-to-day upkeep of the galleries and being responsible for AV and technical equipment
  • Collating and editing gallery publications
  • Producing exhibition information, signage and promotional materials
  • Researching new funding possibilities and sustaining relationships with existing funders (arts councils, private foundations, embassies, cultural organisations, individuals etc.)
  • Maintaining the Douglas Hyde Gallery’s exhibition archive
  • Researching programming partnerships
  • Liaising with the Assistant Curator (Education & Outreach) in the development of educational and parallel programming
  • 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 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 exhibition installations
  • 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 exhibition and publication projects
  • 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 dhgallery@tcd.ie with the subject line “Assistant Curator (Exhibitions).” 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. A maximum of two A4 Pages detailing one or more recent curatorial projects (exhibitions, publications, events) (if applicable)
  4. 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.