Collections Technician

Collections Technician
Employer: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Salary: Grade 500: £22,722 to £24,411
Location: University of Birmingham, UK

Job Description:
The Barber Institute is one of the finest art galleries of its size in Europe. It has small but world-class collections of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, coins and works of art, and a lively public programme.

You’ll support the Barber in achieving its mission through contributing to the care and presentation of its collections whether on display in the galleries, in store or on loan, and in the delivery of a year-round high-profile programme of exhibitions and displays.

Working to the highest professional sector standards, the you’ll move, pack, install and light works of art, ranging from large oil canvases to small coins, mounts, glazes and frames objects, and act as a courier for the Barber’s own works, in the UK and abroad, when required.

You’ll be responsible for managing the Barber’s art stores and technical workshops, monitoring and reporting on environmental conditions in all areas where the collections are present, and adhering to Health & Safety policies and safe working practices at all times.

Line-managed by the Exhibitions and Loans Manager, you’ll have a singleton role in a small collections team, working closely with all the curators as well as providing technical support to the wider Barber team, including colleagues in the Learning & Engagement team.

We also welcome applications from those seeking part time hours up to a minimum of 0.6 FTE.

Required Skills:
• You'll have considerable experience of the handling, preparation, display and care of works of art gained in a museum or gallery environment.
• In particular, you'll have considerable experience of mounting, framing and displaying works on paper to professional standards, and evidence of general technical proficiency.
• You’ll also have a demonstrable understanding of the security and environmental issues relevant to a museum or gallery displaying fragile and irreplaceable works of art, and of the conservation issues surrounding art handling, including environment control systems and an awareness of and interest in developing sector standards.
• You’ll offer demonstrable evidence of a commitment to providing a high level of customer care when dealing with colleagues, external partners, couriers, etc.
• You’ll have an ability to use judgement to organise and prioritise your own workload, to work under pressure to fixed deadlines, and a flexible and positive attitude to working in a small team.
• You’ll also have a positive and pragmatic approach to problem solving, taking a pro-active and calm approach to challenges, and presenting solutions, demonstrating an attention to detail and accuracy in all your work.
• A good command of relevant IT programs will be important.
• You’ll need to be willing to travel abroad and work out of hours on courier duties occasionally.

Application Instructions:
A full job description is available in PDF format

Please note: this position requires basic DBS clearance to be evidenced at the point of offer.

Interviews to be held 14th December.

For application instructions please contact Mr Nathan King.
Contact Name: Mr Nathan King
Contact Tel: 01214159000
Contact Email:
Address: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands

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