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Advert Date:   Friday, 10th September 2021
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Job Title:   Artist’s Studio Museum Network Co-Ordinator
Organisation:   Watts Gallery Trust
Salary:   £23,000 p.a. (pro rata)
Type:   Part-Time Position (15 hours a week)
Location:   Compton, Surrey, England
Closing Date:   Monday, 11th October 2021
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  Job Description
About Watts Gallery Trust and the Artist’s Studio Museum Network

Watts Gallery Trust is an independent charity established in 1904 to manage the legacy of George Frederic Watts OM RA, one of the leading artists of the nineteenth century. Today, Watts Gallery Trust is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation that oversees Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. Consisting of Limnerslease, the former home of artists G F Watts and Mary Seton Watts, the Grade I-listed Watts Cemetery Chapel, designed by Mary Watts, the Pottery Building that formerly housed the Compton Potters’ Arts Guild, and Watts Gallery established in 1904 as the UK’s first single artist museum, the Artists’ Village is a leading regional visitor attraction. The Trust delivers an ambitious and far-reaching engagement and learning programme in prisons, in the local community and onsite, working to deliver our founders’ ‘Art for All’ ethos with some of the most vulnerable in society. It also manages the Artist’s Studio Museum Network (ASMN) of artist’s studio museums across the world, and the thriving Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, located in Compton, outside Guildford across 18 acres of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Artist’s Studio Museum Network, Watts Gallery Trust is seeking to recruit an Artist’s Studio Museum Network Co-ordinator to develop content, including professional development events, to promote and support engagement with, and the ongoing development of, this unique international network of studio museums.

Founded in 2016 to coincide with the opening of Watts Studios at Limnerslease, the ASMN works to share these stories with a wider public, and to bring single-artist museums, house museums and studio museums across the world closer together in partnership. The Network adds new studio museums to the site regularly, partners with other networks, and features information on research and projects of all kinds relating to the single-artist museum. The ASMN has been a key support for studio museums during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to share their physical and digital offers and delivering surveys of the sector as studio museums continue to adapt and evolve to the changing arts and heritage landscape and wider context.

Supported since inception by the Tavolozza Foundation, the Network aims to raise the prominence of these evocative museums, allowing institutions to reach new audiences, and to exchange information and opportunities.

As of July 2021, the Network includes 154 institutions in 23 countries.

Key Accountabilities:

Support the ongoing development and growth of the network internationally.

Work in close collaboration with the Marketing and Communications team to develop a dynamic programme of content for the ASMN website including blogs, videos, interviews, member profiles, exhibition listings and social media channels ( ) to engage broad audiences with studio museums within the Network.

Develop and deliver a programme of digital events to support skills sharing and sector support for the Network and facilitate in-person events when feasible.

Act as the central point of contact for organisations across the Network, respond to enquiries, and undertake other tasks that may be required.
  Required Skills / Qualifications
Knowledge & Experience
An interest in artist’s studios and studio-museums and art, architecture and design.

Excellent IT skills including Office 365 and an interest in digital and social media marketing.

The ability to work calmly under pressure and to tight deadlines.

The ability to think creatively and work collaboratively with members of the Curatorial and Marketing teams to create and deliver a content programme.

Strong writing skills and the ability to write copy and adapt it for different public and professional audiences and use on different platforms, e.g. email, website and social media.

An interest in email and website marketing systems.

Degree or equivalent technical qualification in a relevant subject.

Key Competencies

Collaborative with strong team-working and interpersonal skills.

Highly proactive and self-motivated.

Demonstrable evidence of the ability to plan and prioritise work to meet agreed standards and deadlines. Adaptable and flexible while liaising with varied stakeholders, team members, audiences and deadlines.
  Application Instructions
Recruitment Timeline

To apply, please submit an application form outlining your suitability for the role, together with the equality and diversity monitoring form to Emily Burns, Curator, via by 12pm (noon) on Monday 11 October 2021.

In your application, please also include where you saw the role advertised or found out about the position.

First interviews will take place online on Wednesday 20 October. If second interviews are required, they will take place on site at Watts Gallery on Wednesday 27 October.

Watts Gallery Trust is committed to addressing inequality in the arts and ensuring equality of opportunity in employment. We consider diversity a strength and are keen to make our workforce more representative of different backgrounds and experiences. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic, young, disabled, LGBTQI+, working class, or living or working in areas of socioeconomic deprivation in our region.
Contact Name:   Dr Emily Burns
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Address:   Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey.