Collection Online Early Career Research Fellow (Portraiture)

Collection Online Early Career Research Fellow (Portraiture)
Employer: Watts Gallery Trust
Salary: £24,000 per annum (pro rata)
Location: Compton

Furthering our founding ambition to promote the study of the leading nineteenth-century artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), Watts Gallery Trust, a registered charity, is launching a two-year Collection Online project and is seeking to recruit an emerging early-career researcher (within eight years of the award of a doctorate or with equivalent professional experience) for a six-month research project.

The ECR Fellow will conduct research into portraiture within Watts Gallery Trust's collections in order to research, develop and write content for the Collection Online. This role presents an exceptional opportunity for the post-holder to develop their academic profile while gaining significant experience of a gallery environment and to work directly with an important collection of British art. The ECR Fellow will sit within the Curatorial department. They will also work with departments across the organisation to gain experience of audience engagement. This project is generously funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Marc Fitch Fund.

Key Accountabilities:
- Research this key thematic area (Portraiture) of Watts Gallery Trust’s collections exploring crucial links between works across the paintings, sculpture, works on paper and photography collections.
- Work with the Curatorial department to develop an understanding of the latest approaches to writing accessible interpretation
- Write collection records for the online collection including accessible object summaries and extended, fully referenced catalogue entries.
- Work with the Curatorial and Marketing departments to programme a series of live-streamed gallery talks, blogs and social media interventions to communicate the latest research to broad audiences
- Work with the de Laszlo Paintings Conservator to conduct condition assessments and develop an in-depth knowledge of G F Watts’s material practice
- Work with departments across the organisation to ensure research and collection content is effectively communicated within the organisation.
- Deliver volunteer collection training sessions.
- Carry out other related work as required by the Brice Curator or Director.

Knowledge & Experience:
- Specialist knowledge of nineteenth- and early-twentieth century British art.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
- Excellent IT skills, including Word, Excel, database and email applications, and website management.
- Excellent organisational and planning skills, coupled with the ability to work calmly under pressure and to tight deadlines.
- Familiarity with Collections Management Systems.

- Doctoral degree in a relevant field (such as History of Art or History) or equivalent professional experience

Full job description is downloadable from our website:

Recruitment timeline:
Deadline for applications: 31 July 2019
Interviews: 16 August 2019
Candidates need to be able to commence post by 23 September 2019.

Applications including a supporting statement expressing interest in and suitability for the position and CV should be sent to Katherine Smith via

Watts Gallery is fully committed to Equality and Diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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