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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Permanent
Salary or training bursary: £28,000 - £32,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Company:Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
Open to all
Apply by:13/11/2020 - 18:00


Do you have curatorial and collections experience, working in a museum or gallery environment? Then take a look at this brilliant opportunity... 

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, located in Compton, near Guildford, in the Surrey Hills. Founded in 1904, Watts Gallery Trust explores the art and ideas of George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) and Mary Watts (1849-19380, who established a studio-home, here in the 1890s. Watts Gallery - Artists' Village encompasses a unique group of Arts 7 Crafts buildings: Watts Gallery, Watts Studios, Compton Cemetery Chapel and the Pottery Buildings.

Watts Gallery Trust (WGT), a registered charity, is seeking to recruit a dynamic, emerging Curator to join the Curatorial Team. The successful candidate will develop exhibitions and displays that engage the widest range of audiences with the art and ideas of the Victorian and Edwardian era. 


  • Working with the Curatorial Team and external partners, research, develop and deliver a programme of high-profile exhibitions on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British art
  • Work with the Curatorial Team to enhance the research, interpretation and display of WGT's collections across the Artists' Village, to engage audiences, meet our diversity, inclusion and access goals and to ensure it's ongoing relevance for the widest possible audiences
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of digital initiatives to enhance access to Watts Gallery Trust's collections, both on-site and online
  • Project manage the planning, documentation and delivery of exhibition and display projects including co-ordination of project budgets as required
  • Contribute to the development of funding applications for the benefit of the collections as required
  • Respond to public enquiries
  • Work across departments to ensure that exhibitions, collections and displays are effectively communicated within and beyond the organisation
  • Actively contribute to the Curatorial Team's ongoing programme of public engagement activities including talks, tours and digital content to further enhance wide-ranging access to collections and displays
  • Line management responsibility and occassional lead on collection-based volunteer and student placements as required
  • Working with the Curatorial Team, provide collections and exhibitions training for staff and volunteers

Knowledge, skills, experience


  • At least 3 years curatorial and collections experience, working in a museum or gallery environment
  • Proven experience of working with collections, object handling, managing loans procedures and collection documentation
  • Experience of using Axiell, Adlib, or other collections management database
  • Substantial public engagement and presentation experience
  • Post-graduate degree in History of Art, History, English or equivalent
  • Experience of working to Museum Accreditation Spectrum 5.0 standards
  • Collaborative with strong team-working and interpersonal skills
  • Highly competent IT user (MS Office)


  • Demonstrable experience of developing and delivering exhibitions and displays in a museum or gallery
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and delivering digital collection resources
  • A specialist knowledge in nineteenth and early twentieth-century British art, history and visual culture
  • Publication and presentation history

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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