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Job Opportunity: Art Curator, Southampton Art Gallery

Southampton is really coming-of-age as a centre of cultural excellence. We’ve a thriving arts and heritage community with a burgeoning creative renaissance to match our rich history.  Southampton City Art Gallery is internationally renowned for its permanent collection which features around 5,300 works. These span eight centuries and tell the story of western art from the Renaissance to the present day. The core of the collection is twentieth century and contemporary British art. Strong clusters within this include Post-Impressionism (notably the Camden Town Group), Surrealism, St Ives and progressive contemporary art from the mid-1970s.

This post contributes to our plans to transform access to visual arts in Southampton through investment in the infrastructure of the gallery, and the wider customer services offer.  Southampton City Art Gallery is located within the growing Cultural Quarter, an emerging hive of creative and cultural activity, and with the new Studio 144 Arts Complex opening in 2017, this is an exciting opportunity to join our team and help shape culture within our city.

Part of the Arts and Heritage team, our Art Curator is responsible for the care, research, management and interpretation of our outstanding collection.  Working closely with the Exhibitions and Learning Teams, you will bring innovation and new interpretation to the collection, drawing on your experience to inspire and reach diverse audiences.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject, you will bring sound art history credentials and creativity to this role.  You will also be able to initiate and develop exhibitions and displays which bring new insights into the history and rich collection.  A pragmatist, you will understand how to manage the challenges and exploit the opportunities having worked in a similar environment.  Some familiarity of local authority systems would be an advantage.

Closing Date: March 31st 2017

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