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Advert Date:   Wednesday, 15th June 2022
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Job Title:   Assistant Curator
Organisation:   Watts Gallery Trust
Salary:   £25,000 - £26,000 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Location:   Compton, Surrey, England
Closing Date:   Sunday, 10th July 2022
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Other Benefits:33 days holiday including bank holidays, enhanced maternity pay and sick pay, tea shop and shop discounts, friends and family tickets.
  Job Description
Watts Gallery – Artists Village, is looking for an enthusiastic museum professional to join our Collections and Exhibitions team as an Assistant Curator. This is an excellent opportunity to work with our outstanding collections and to develop and improve key curatorial skills whilst enhancing our specialist knowledge and interpretation.

The successful candidate will be joining at an exciting time as the organisation explores curating contemporary art that responds to the work of George and Mary Watts within the historic spaces of the Gallery, Limnerslease – the artists’ purpose built studio-home – and the grounds. You will be able to share your enthusiasm for collections with diverse audiences.

You will also be flexible, organised, work well under pressure and be able to juggle conflicting demands. You will be supported by a friendly, skilled, and experienced Collections and Exhibitions Team as well as the wider organisation.

To assist the Curator and Head of Collections & Exhibitions to plan, research and deliver high-profile temporary exhibitions in collaboration with our community, including working with our community forum, external specialists and internal departments, and assisting on the production of publications and running of associated events.

To assist the Curator to plan, research and deliver display changes in collaboration with our community, in the historic galleries and permanent collection displays at Watts Gallery and Limnerslease.

With the support of the Curator, co-ordinate transport and installation arrangements, including loan agreements, insurance and courier liaisons.

Work with the Marketing & Communications, Learning & Engagement and Trading teams to ensure that collections, exhibitions and displays are effectively communicated within and beyond the organisation.

To assist the Collections Manager to update the documentation of collections, ensuring that all work is conducted in line with SPECTRUM procedures to meet Accreditation standards.

To assist the Collections Manager to care for the collections supporting environmental and pest monitoring, and helping to safely move, wrap and store fragile objects.

To answer internal and external enquiries about the collections, including image publication requests, and to supervise collection visits to the art store from researchers and the public.


Give talks and tours to visitors, staff and volunteers as part of the public programme, and staff and volunteer training.

Write content on collections and exhibitions, both hard copy and digital, including articles for the Watts Gallery magazine, blogs and social media content.

Develop content and interpretation to enhance digital engagement with the collection, including content for the digital interpretation app Smartify and the collections management system (Axiell Collections) ensuring it is accurate, up-to-date and accessible to a diverse audience.

Carry out other related work as required by the Curator or Head of Exhibitions and Collections.
  Required Skills / Qualifications
The Person
To join our team, you will need:

Strong knowledge of nineteenth and/or early twentieth-century art

Experience of working on exhibitions in a museum or gallery

Experience of working on displays of contemporary art

Experience of writing for and presenting to diverse audiences, including producing content for digital platforms

Experience of internal and external collaborative working

Object handling and collections care experience

Ability to undertake in-depth research (including archive and object-based research)

Excellent written and oral communication skills

The ability to make in-depth research accessible to diverse audiences through written texts and in person or virtual presentations

The ability to work as part of a team or independently

The ability to work collaboratively across departments

Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines

High level of accuracy and attention to detail

Knowledge of current standards of collections care and museum practice
  Application Instructions
To start your recruitment journey with us please visit the careers page of our website and complete an application form:

The closing date for applications is midnight on 10th July 2022.

Interviews will be held on the 18th and 19th July and will include a task that will be provided to you in advance to prepare.
Contact Name:   Mrs Natasha Parkin
Contact Tel:     01483901806
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Contact Email:
Address:   Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey.