Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Job - Assistant Curator, Tate Modern, deadline Apr 27

Posted by April Steele • Saturday, April 16. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Assistant Curator, Tate Modern
Part-time (14.4 hours/2 days per week)
Bankside, London

For full job posting please visit

Tate’s mission is to increase public knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of British, modern and contemporary art.
Tate Modern attracted over 5 million visitors in its first year and now plays an integral role in London’s local, regional and international cultural life. Occupying a dominant position beside the Thames, the Gallery is an important component in the chain of arts institutions on the south bank, extending from the South Bank Arts Centre and the National Theatre to the Design Museum at Tower Bridge.

The Assistant Curator co-ordinates the delivery of major exhibitions and displays at Tate Modern, ensuring appropriate and ongoing communication across departments to deliver projects successfully, within budget and to the highest standard. The Assistant Curator may also have the opportunity to propose and curate smaller scale exhibitions, projects and displays at Tate Modern as well as undertaking research in relation to the programme and acquisitions.

Main Activities/Responsibilities:

- Organise temporary exhibitions at Tate Modern:
- Contribute to the curatorial development and management of exhibition and collection display projects reporting to the project leader, or on occasion where appropriate act as project leader.
- Commission and manage external contractors including artists, curators, designers, artist’s agents, sponsors, fabricators etc. for large and small-scale projects.
- Develop and refine installation layouts with the project leader and project team.
- Ensure regular liaison Tate wide according to exhibitions process.
- Undertake research for project leaders for large-scale exhibitions, including when appropriate contributions to exhibition catalogues.
- Undertake provenance research for loans requested for temporary exhibitions.
- Propose artists and projects for smaller exhibition and project strands where appropriate.
- Contribute to interpretative materials and publications for exhibition and display projects when appropriate.
- Support projects within the Tate Modern landscape and community-based projects when appropriate.
- Organise site-specific projects in Level 7 Café and Level 6 Members’ Room when appropriate.
- To maintain departmental records and answer general internal and external enquiries
- Maintain project documentation both electronically and with paper files, including minute-taking and processing invoices.
- Review files and supervise transfer material to gallery records.
- Monitor budgets and contribute to the preparation of budget estimates; log, process and track invoices.
- Provide regular updates to project leader and senior team.
- Handle requests for loans, and record data on The Museum System database (TMS).
- Liaise with tour venues for exhibitions, providing timely information and budget estimates.
- Provide lectures, gallery talks, briefings to sponsors and press, and tours and talks for VIPs and Tate advocates.
- Answer enquiries from visitors and Tate colleagues in all departmental & programme matters and act as a point of contact in the absence of the project leader.

Person Specification:
- A degree in a relevant subject, preferably art history, or equivalent.
- A broad knowledge of international twentieth century and contemporary art.
- Proven work experience in a relevant field, whether paid or voluntary.
- Excellent organizational and administrative skills, including scheduling and minute taking.
- Experience of working with budgets.
- Highly organized approach to work including demonstrable ability to work under pressure and to deadline.
- Proven ability to work on a number of projects at the same time with meticulous attention to detail.
- Good writing and presentation skills.
- Well-developed interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively as part of team and to work collaboratively with colleagues across Tate.
- Demonstrable ability to work under own initiative as well as ability to work effectively as part of a team.
- Computer literacy – ability to use word-processing, internet, email, database and spreadsheet applications to support own workload. Training in the use of the specific applications used at Tate will be provided.
- A flexible approach to work.
- An interest and commitment to the work of Tate.

- Substantial relevant work experience, preferably in a museum or gallery context.
- A post-graduate qualification in museum, gallery or curatorial studies.
- Familiarity with the Tate collection.

Completed application forms should be returned via one of the following methods:
Email: jobs (at)
Post: Human Resources Department Tate Millbank London SW1P 4RG
Fax: 0871 5941785

The closing date for the return of completed application forms is Wednesday 27 April by 5.00 pm.">">
Defined tags for this entry: ,

0 Trackbacks

Trackback specific URI for this entry
  1. No Trackbacks


Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)
  1. No comments
The author does not allow comments to this entry