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Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Salary or training bursary: per annum£28,000 - £30,000
Company:Delfina Foundation
Open to all
Apply by:02/08/2021 - 12:00

Residency Curator

Are you interested in art, curatorial studies or visual culture? Experienced in producing programmes in collaboration with others? If so, apply now to join London’s largest provider of international artist residencies…

Delfina Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange and developing creative practice through residencies, partnerships and public programming, with a special focus on international collaboration.

Delfina Foundation are looking for a Residency Curator to join their team. The successful candidate will help to achieve the organisation’s overall vision, leading on the delivery of residencies and public programmes. This includes taking a key role supporting artistic research and development at Delfina Foundation through structured curatorial and professional development activities, managing residencies end-to-end and initiating, and delivering, public programmes in collaboration with colleagues and residents.


Residency Programme

  • Manage and oversee selection processes for Delfina Foundation’s residency programme and ensure targeted reach of open calls for applications and nomination processes
  • Communicate with selected residents in advance of their residency to plan and discuss goals for the residency
  • Organise a programme of presentations, field trips, group trips, studio visits and workshops etc. for residents
  • Support artists in gaining access and taking advantage of the UK’s cultural offer, providing structure and facilitation where necessary
  • Identify opportunities for residents (e.g. commissions) and needs (e.g. training)
  • Develop a network of UK-based practitioners around the international residents
  • Ensure that residents’ logistical needs are met from the selection period to their arrival and departure, including organising relevant visa materials and working with the administrative officer to book travel arrangements, supported by the Administrative Coordinator
  • Build relationships with Residency Partners and to keep them informed on selection and the process of the residency they are supporting
  • Assess and manage any special needs or access requirements for residents Public Programme
  • Help develop Delfina Foundation’s curatorial themes, ranging from The Politics of Food to science_technology_society as a framework for public programmes
  • Shape public programme activities involving residents and/or themes related to their practice and the context of their work
  • Produce the public programme events developed with the residents
  • Work with the Administrative Coordinator to ensure practical and hospitality needs for events are met External communications
  • Write, contribute to and edit texts in relation to the residency and public programme working with the Communications Manager
  • Liaise with the Communications Manager in envisioning and delivering documentation of the programmes, including social media and PR Development/Fundraising
  • Work with the Director and Deputy Director to develop institutional or funding partners for the residency and public programme
  • Support relevant proposals and funding applications
  • Liaise with partners
  • Support artists in making applications for residency funding directly, where necessary Relationship management
  • Interface with residents, developing close working relationships
  • Interact with visitors at the foundation, ensuring utmost hospitality and a unique experience
  • Represent the foundation externally with individuals and institutions or at events
  • Engage with funders and patrons


  • Facilitate and input into project planning and strategic thinking
  • Support the running of the office/space
  • Maintain relevant budgets
  • Carry out all duties in compliance with appropriate internal and statutory policies and procedures, including in the maintenance of records and information as it relates to the organisation and your individual work
  • Prepare for and manage risks

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • At least an undergraduate qualification in art, curatorial studies or relevant area of visual culture
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and be resourceful
  • Proven experience in producing programmes in collaboration with others, knowing when to take lead and how to support others to reach a shared vision
  • Excellent organisational skills with particular attention to detail and capacity to multi-task under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication and ability to consistently manage artists with diplomacy and warmth
  • Demonstrated writing and research ability
  • Wide-ranging knowledge of the UK arts sector and the international context


  • International experience
  • Experience in artist development
  • Proficiency in more than one language
  • Experience of working on a residency programme


  • Willingness to be flexible with work hours, including out-of-office-hours activity (such as evening programmes/projects etc.)
  • Right to legally work in the United Kingdom

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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