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Job: Curator, Public Programmes, The Serpentine Gallery

Posted by Sofia Landström • Wednesday, February 13. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Public Programmes Curator, The Serpentine Gallery
Deadline: February 25, 2013

The Serpentine Gallery is one of London’s best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art. It attracts up to 800,000 visitors in any one year and admission is free.

In the grounds of the Gallery is a permanent work by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, dedicated to the Serpentine’s former Patron Diana, Princess of Wales. The work comprises eight benches, a tree-plaque, and a carved stone circle at the Gallery’s entrance.

The Serpentine Gallery seeks an experienced Public Programmes Curator with an integrated approach to delivering exhibitions, architecture, inter-disciplinary projects to assist the ambitious planned expansion of the Serpentine. We aim to draw out the connections between contemporary art and a wide range of fields, in collaboration with artists, musicians, writers, university colleagues and our audiences, and see this as a means of examining art’s broader social and cultural relevance. We will continue to develop a public programme that is engaging and ambitious, that takes a creative approach to its formats, and that opens on to inspiring worlds of ideas.

Principal Duties:

• Develop and implement an ambitious public programme of talks, conferences and events, across a number of disciplines including art, architecture, film, literature, poetry, design, science, dance and music.
• Keep up-to-date with current issues as well as developments in contemporary art and theory, nationally and internationally.
• Research topics and speakers liaising with specialists as required.
• Ensure that the Serpentine is at the forefront of national and international debate
• Develop and maintain relationships with academic institutions, publishers, archives, distribution networks and international conference networks
• Organise artists performances, talks, film screenings, sound/audio series, study days and academic conferences as appropriate.
• Arrange and liaise with venues offsite when required
• Be involved in the programming, organisation and production of the Park Nights Programme of events in the Annual Architecture Commission and Serpentine Gallery Marathon (including the Marathon Publications)
• Ensure that all events are recorded and archived on the Serpentine Gallery website and published as appropriate (online and in print)
• Attend, introduce, chair and participate in all events as required including sponsor events
• Deliver on the Serpentine’s commitment to increasing the diversity of contributors to and audiences for all of its programmes
• Liaise with Serpentine staff as appropriate and ensure all departments are informed and briefed


• Produce and process all correspondence and contracts for participants involved in the Public Programme
• Liaise with speakers and organize travel and accommodation as appropriate
• Inform the Gallery Management team about events and provide them with all essential information, including risk assessments and event schedules
• Work with the Development Team to prepare material to raise funds for public programmes and prepare reports as required
• Monitor and provide evaluation and documentation of events, in line with Gallery and funders’ requirements.
• Ensure the section Gallery's mailing list is regularly updated
• Work with the Head of Press to promote these and other events and also arrange mailings and emails as appropriate
• Participate in the marketing and publicity of the public programme and ensure that information is prepared in time for print deadlines
• Organise and attend dinners and events as appropriate

Budgeting and Finance:

• Ensure orders are placed for all agreed expenditure
• Ensure that all expenditure is within budgets approved by the Head of Programmes and the Head of Finance
• Administer invoices and maintain Excel spread sheets



• MA in Art History, cultural theory or related area
• Outstanding knowledge of the history of modern and contemporary art, architecture and of theoretical positions relating to modern and contemporary visual culture
• 5 years of relevant experience working in a cultural or educational institution
• Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
• Excellent organization and administration skills
• Excellent PC literacy and experience of Excel and data-base mailing-list management
• Experience of speaking in public to a wide range of audiences about modern and contemporary art
• Excellent contacts and professional networks and awareness of trends and policy in this field
• Proven Leadership and innovation in relation to devising and organizing programmes
• Experience of managing a wide range of activities and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
• Ability to work under pressure, and work flexibly and co-cooperatively as part of a team
• Availability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as appropriate


• Experience of project management methodologies and best practice

To apply, please forward your CV and completed application form by email to jobs@serpentinegallery.org with Public Programmes Curator in the subject line, or by post to:

Robertta Marques
HR Assistant
Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA

The deadline for applications is 10am on 25 February, 2013

For more information: http://www.serpentinegallery.org/jobs.html

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