Collection Curator (Artangel Collection)

  • Job title – Collection Curator (Artangel Collection)
  • Role type – Permanent, full time
  • Hours – 40 hours per week, 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday with daily one hour lunch break
  • Location – Clerkenwell, London with some flexible working supported
  • Reporting to – Head of Production and working closely with Director

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary – £34,000 per annum
  • Annual leave – 20 days, plus bank holidays, plus one additional day's annual leave for each year worked at Artangel. The office is closed between Christmas Day and New Year's Day, these days do not come out of your entitlement
  • Employer pension contribution – 5%
  • Reciprocal agreements with many galleries and museums for free entry, including special exhibitions, in the UK and internationally
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

Application Dates

  • Deadline for applications – Midnight, 14 July 2022 
  • Interviews – Friday 22nd July.  Interviews will take place in person and on zoom.

About Artangel

Commissioning without compromise, Artangel is open to the most challenging ideas and responsive to the rapidly shifting ambitions and expectations of artists and audiences alike. Artangel incubates and delivers exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists.

The team at Artangel contributes to this by being open to new ideas, new partnerships, and new ways of doing things, and by working strategically we ensure that the full potential of all we do is realised.

 

About the Artangel Collection

The collection was launched in partnership with Tate in 2011 to increase public exposure to  film and video installations commissioned by Artangel by creating partnerships with and opportunities for galleries, museums and festivals across the UK.

Over 25 moving image works – commissioned by Artangel since 1993 – are available for loan, free of charge, to publicly-funded UK museums and galleries.   Since its launch in 2011, works from the Artangel Collection have been seen by over 2 million people in nearly 100 venues.

Notable large-scale moving image works and installations in the collection include Francis Alÿs – Seven Walks;  Yael Bartana – Zamach (Assassination); Atom Egoyan – Steenbeckett; Douglas Gordon – Feature Film;  Andy Holden – Natural Selection; Sejla Kameric / Anri Sala – 1395 Days without Red; Mike Kelley – Mobile Homestead;  Dinh Q. Lê – The Colony; Tony Oursler – The Influence Machine.

Three new Artangel commissions, by Ayo Akingbade, Marcus Coates and Mika Rottenberg & Mahyad Tousi will enter the Artangel Collection in 2022.

Purpose of the Role

Reporting to the Head of Production and working closely with the Director and Head of Digital, the Collection Curator role at Artangel focuses on creating opportunities to present film and video works from the Collection in galleries, museums and festivals across the UK.  The role involves thinking strategically and creatively about the Collection, creating new partnerships, working collaboratively on the presentation, marketing and interpretation, and contributing to programming events.   

The Collection Curator will also support Artangel’s Head of Digital in exploring the potential for new digital artworks to enter the Collection.

Specific Responsibilities

Collection

  • Develop strategic plans and long-term objectives for Collection.
  • Research and develop opportunities for the presentation of works from the Collection, building partnerships regionally and supporting / assisting partners with presentations.
  • In collaboration with the Head of Development, identify and apply for funding for the Collection programme and manage relationships with key funders.
  • Work closely with Tate in co-ordinating exhibitions, the loan of works and the accessioning of Artangel works into the Tate Collection.
  • Manage the Resources Fund to support the presentation of Collection works.
  • Generate relevant interpretative materials and other information relating to Collection works, including material for Artangel’s website.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for knowledge and skill sharing across partner organisations and represent Artangel at partner events.

Digital Commissions

  • Provide research and development support to the Head of Digital on new digital commissions.
  • Identify opportunities for new digital partnerships.
  • In collaboration with the Head of Development and Head of Digital, identify and apply for funding for the digital commissions and support the Head of Digital on relationships with key funders.

Scheduling and Budget Management

  • Create and manage schedule of Collection presentations.
  • Lead on presentation in collaboration with Artangel’s Head of Production and stakeholders at partner venues.
  • Create and manage budget for presentations.

Audiences

  • Support Marketing and Comms on promoting Collection presentations and new digital commissions.
  • Support stakeholders at partner venues on devising programming events where necessary.
  • Work with partners on collecting audience data for Artangel Collection presentations.

Essential Skills and Experience

Experience

  • A track record of successfully maximising opportunities and engagement with artworks – either new commissions or existing works via exhibitions and presentations
  • Presenting moving image artworks and digital artworks in museum, gallery or unusual settings
  • Experience of producing new digital artworks
  • Fundraising
  • Partnership building and stakeholder management
  • Devising, planning and managing events, activities and workshops
  • Building and managing budgets
  • Creating and negotiating agreements
  • Communicating presentations to a range of audiences

Skills and Knowledge

  • Familiarity with galleries and museums across the UK
  • Understanding of technology required for moving image presentations
  • Understanding of the shifting technological landscape and the challenges that working with new platforms and software presents
  • Effective researcher of potential sources of funding
  • Highly effective administrative and organisational skills including the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Effective project management skills
  • Very strong presentation and written skills
  • Understanding of data collection requirements
  • Knowledge of Arts Council audience data requirements (desirable but not essential) 

Attributes

  • Enthusiasm for the arts
  • Ability to form effective working relationships
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Able to produce accurate work under pressure
  • Well networked across the cultural community
  • Entrepreneurial and positive attitude
  • Ability to persuade, influence and negotiate effectively

Travel

  • Ability to travel across the country to create partnerships and be present during installation and events

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please complete the application form below.  

  1. All applications will be shortlisted using the information given in Part 1 of the form only
  2. Part 2 will be accessed by the selection panel if you are shortlisted for interview
  3. Part 3 is not accessed as part of the recruitment process at all

You cannot begin the form and then complete it at a later date. To ensure your application is not lost due to connectivity issues or similar, please write your answers on your own backed-up document and paste them over into the form when you are ready to submit it.

You should use the form to demonstrate clearly and fully how you meet the essential criteria for the job. The desirable criteria outlined in the person specification above contain skills and experience that it would be beneficial for a candidate to have. We will not make assumptions about your achievements or abilities – you must make it clear in your application exactly how you feel they match our requirements.

For all positions, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Artangel is a Disability Confident Committed Employer. We guarantee interviews to candidates with disabilities who meet the essential criteria. 

Please see our office access statement and contact us at  info@artangel.org.uk to discuss any adjustments you might need, either as part of the application process or for employment. Visit our Team page to see who works here.

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