Assistant Curator (1 year fixed term maternity cover)

Assistant Curator (1 year fixed term maternity cover)
Employer: Southbank Centre
Salary: £32,224 per annum
Location: London

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre and one of the UK's top five visitor attractions, occupying a 17 acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. We exist to present great cultural experiences that bring people together and we achieve this by providing the space for artists to create and present their best work and by creating a place where as many people as possible can come together to experience bold, unusual and eye-opening work. We want to take people out of the everyday, every day.

The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as being home to the National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. It is also home to four Resident Orchestras (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and four Associate Orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain).

The hub of visual arts activity at Southbank Centre, the Hayward Gallery plays a vital role in the UK and internationally by presenting a wide range of ground-breaking art exhibitions, project exhibitions and outdoor installations. In 2018, its 50th anniversary year, the Hayward reopened following a period of refurbishment and upgrading which included letting natural light into Hayward Gallery for the first time by creating a completely new set of pyramid roof lights. Since reopening the Hayward has continued to present a challenging and unique programme of solo and group exhibitions representing British and international artists.

The role of Assistant Curator provides invaluable support to the Hayward exhibition teams, assisting in the planning and development of Hayward exhibitions and other projects.

The ideal candidate will be well organised, able to work effectively under pressure and prioritise their own workload and share our passionate interest in visual arts. With experience working in a visual arts organisation and strong research skills, you will be able to work well and communicate with a wide range of people, enjoy working as part of a team and have a positive and collaborative approach to work. You will also be confident managing large project budgets.

We present work for everyone and we welcome applications from everyone. We particularly welcome applications from people from a BAME background or those who are Deaf or disabled as they are currently under-represented in our workforce. If you wish to discuss reasonable adjustments for this role please indicate this on your application form and we will be in touch with you.

By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of backgrounds with diverse attitudes, opinions and beliefs we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things. We offer a stimulating and professional environment in which to work - and the pace and scale can be breathtaking. This is a remarkable place to work and our people require the ability to work in The Southbank Centre Way - to think, act and learn with speed and agility.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please follow this link and apply using our online recruitment portal:

Closing date for applications: 4 August 2019, 23:45

Interview date: w/c 19 August 2019

We reserve the right to close the advert early if enough applications are received

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