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Job: Collections Manager, Royal Academy of Arts

Posted by Sofia Landström • Wednesday, March 20. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Collections Manager, Royal Academy of Arts
Deadline: 28 March, 2013

The Royal Academy of Arts is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions, famous for its world class exhibitions including Manet, Anish Kapoor and David Hockney. Its purpose is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. Its public programme promotes the creation, study and enjoyment of art to a wide range of audiences through exhibitions, education and debate.

The RA’s permanent collection includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, architectural designs, historic books, archives, historic photographs and plaster casts dating from the 18th century to the present day. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Collections Manager to join the team. The successful candidate will have extensive experience of collections management within a museum or art gallery environment. They will manage the conservation programme, which includes the ongoing care, security and movement of works of art along with the organisation and maintenance of stores and act as courier.

A strong project manager, they will be highly organised with a flexible approach to work. They will possess first class written and excellent interpersonal skills to build effective working relationships with colleagues across the Academy along with razor sharp attention to detail.

1. Manage the conservation programme relating to loans, special projects, displays and on-going conservation of paintings, sculpture, historic frames and other objects in the RA Collection. Schedule and supervise freelance conservators and frame technicians to carry out these projects.
2. Liaise with the Head of Collections and the Curator of Paintings and Sculpture on reports and projects.
3. Liaise with the Registrar on loans and transportation.
4. Update and maintain conservation records and reports.
5. Responsible for the care and security of all paintings and sculptures within the RA and off-site, in storage and on display.
6. Undertake routine inspections of the paintings and sculptures on display in the public areas and RA Schools.
7. Work closely with Events and Facilities Departments on all activities assessing possible risk to works of art.
8. Work closely with the Security team on security of stores, works on display and access.
9. Authorise and arrange movements of painting, sculptures within the RA. Work closely with Curators and Art Handlers on new displays.
10. Monitor conditions in picture and sculpture stores, maintain location records, organise appointments for and supervise visits to stores and use of storage spaces.
11. Ensure that works on display are seen to their best advantage. Arrange cleaning and repair of plinths, pedestals and glazing with Art Handlers.
12. Respond to requests to film paintings and sculptures. Liaise with the Curator of Photography, schedule the movement of paintings and sculptures for photography sessions and supervise film crews.
13. Respond to general enquiries on the collection of paintings and sculptures.
14. Monitor timeframes and schedule conservation and maintenance work.
15. Assist with visits to external sites to ensure that works from the RA’s permanent collection are displayed appropriately.
16. Act as courier, when required.
17. Schedule and supervise visiting/work placement conservation students.
18. Undertake any other duties which may reasonably be allocated by the Head of Collections and Library or other member of senior staff.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a genuine interest and knowledge of the visual arts and a sound understanding and knowledge of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Closing date for applications: 28 March 2013
Interviews to be held week commencing: 8 April 2013

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