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Job: Curator, Schools and Teachers, Whitechapel Gallery

Posted by Sofia Landström • Thursday, February 28. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curator, Schools and Teachers, Whitechapel Gallery
Deadline: March 4, 2013

For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger. With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, dining room and bookshop, the newly expanded Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see.

The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.


The Curator: Schools and Teachers will further develop links with local primary and secondary schools and sixth-form colleges. S/he will generate and develop projects and resources, expand collaborations with Schools and contribute to the development of a creative and ambitious programme, stretching through all levels of learning and critical engagement.

The Education Department plays a key role in fulfilling the Whitechapel Gallery’s mission statement: To bring modern and contemporary art and ideas to local, national and international audiences by providing a place for free - thinking, creativity and learning. The Schools Programme enables teachers, children, young people and parents to see, experience and make art, also enriching classroom practice, improving confidence and creative potential, and breaking down barriers to cultural participation. The Curator: Schools and Teachers, will develop a core strand of the programme within the Education department working alongside the Head of Education and Public Programmes and five Curators: Community and Youth Programmes, Public Programmes, Schools, Families, and the Education Administrator and Trainee.

Person Specification
An in depth knowledge of contemporary and modern art, critical discourse and interest in the ideas relating to participation and education.
A broad knowledge of current education policy and practice relating to schools, with a minimum of three years experience working in a gallery context.
Excellent administrative and project management skills.
Familiarity with the school environment, National Curriculum and Key Stage levels.
An enjoyment of and ability to speak to and motivate young people.
Experience of budget management and some financial acumen.
Self-motivated, with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a busy team supporting colleagues and working to deadlines.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Keyboard skills and P.C. competence.
Empathy for the Whitechapel Gallery’s philosophy and diverse audiences, and the ability to work with a broad range of people.

A degree or higher qualification in a related subject (art studio or art historical practice)
An up to date knowledge of the arts funding system in England.
Experience developing and implementing on-line and new media projects.
Curatorial experience

Conditions of work:

Full time contract: Permanent
Salary: £24,000
To download an application pack: Visit
Please return this application pack to [email protected] along with a copy of your CV.

Deadline for applications: Midday Monday 4 March 2013
Interviews: Week commencing 11 March 2013

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