Chief Curator
Deadline: 8 July, 2013

The Hepworth Wakefield is a major public art gallery that opened in May 2011 to public and critical acclaim. It exhibits Wakefield’s art collection, the Hepworth Family Gift and the work of major contemporary and 20th century artists. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, our ten superb gallery spaces and grounds make this one of the UK’s largest and most visited galleries outside London, attracting 850,000 visitors in two years.

As The Hepworth expands on site to occupy a newly created 600 square metre gallery in a 19th century warehouse, and The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle initiative develops in the region, we are seeking to appoint a highly experienced and well-connected person for the newly created role of Chief Curator. They will work closely with the Director, alongside the Collection and Exhibitions team, to research and develop our contemporary exhibitions programme, both on and off-site.

Knowledge
• A good first degree and a further post-graduate qualification in Art History, Curatorial Studies or Fine Art, or extensive equivalent experience
• An extensive knowledge of contemporary art, of artists and art world networks
• Developing and organising conferences and seminars, contributing to internally convened and external (national and international) learning activity and agendas

Skills / Attributes
•Proven senior-level organisational skills and an ability to work collaboratively
• An ability to work strategically both as part of a team and independently, leading multiple projects and remaining calm under pressure
• Excellent verbal communication skills and a skillful, sensitive and politically astute negotiator, able to cultivate and develop strategic partnerships
• Impeccable writing skills and proven experience of high-quality critical writing on contemporary art and an ability to write text for an approproiate range of audiences and contexts
• Highly diplomatic, with an ability to achieve satisfactory outcomes when resolving sensitive problems and challenges
• Confident public speaker able to represent the gallery and its programmes credibly in the most senior international professional contexts
• Ability to devise accurate financial projections and manage budgets
• Preparedness to travel and work in evenings and at weekends as required
• Highly numerate and literate, possessing strong IT skills

Experience
• An established well – regarded reputation for curating contemporary art, with in an informed international perspective
• Extensive experience of working with living artists and their representatives
• Senior curatorial experience gained with in a major gallery or as an independent curator
• A track record of curating shows that received critical acclaim and have popular appeal
• A proven commitment to developing diverse and new audiences for art through programming
• Proven fundraising experience, from corporates and high net worth donors, to help realise ambitious curatorial projects
• Experience of successfully managing and developing complex projects and budgets within an organisational context
• An acknowledged and respected contributor to conferences, lectures and panels
• A strong publishing track record

If you would like to arrange a telephone conversation to discuss the role in confidence with the Director, Simon Wallis, then please contact Laura Whiteman on 01924 247360 to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.

Salary £40,000 or more for an exceptional candidate
Full-time, permanent post
UK-based, with extensive travel opportunities
25+ days annual leave
Contributory pension and other benefits available

Applications for this post should be made by electronically forwarding your CV and Equal Opportunities form supported by a brief covering letter, to Laura Whiteman on recruitment@hepworthwakefield.org.uk or by post to the following address:
Laura Whiteman
The Hepworth Wakefield
Gallery Walk
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 5AW

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 8 July 2013. We are unable to accept late applications.
Further information: http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/jobs

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