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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Salary or training bursary: £41,526 - £52,559
2 years
Company:Fitzwilliam Museum
Open to all
Apply by:26/08/2021 - 17:00

Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art

Are you ready to take your strong background as a curator to this incredible role, working across art collections in two major sites for the University of Cambridge?

As the largest cultural venue in the region, The Fitzwilliam Museum fulfils its function as a crucial bridge between the University, the City and the rest of the world, and has an International reputation for extraordinary research, world class exhibitions and amazing collections of over half a million works of art spanning centuries and civilisations within five departments: Antiquities; Coins and Medals; Paintings, Drawings and Prints; Manuscripts and Printed Books; and Applied Arts. Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery. The gallery has a permanent collection of over 1500 art works and a gallery presenting a changing programme of exhibitions and displays, focusing on 20th and 21st Century art.

The University of Cambridge is actively reimagining how its collections are researched, developed and interpreted. This new role -- Curator of Modern & Contemporary British Art -- will work in the Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettle's Yard, with a remit to shape and deliver collections-based research, public programming and curatorial work on the collections of 20th and 21st-century British art, within a global context. A specific focus of the role is to bring new and under-represented perspectives, voices and artworks into these collections.


  • Create opportunities to engage audiences around under-represented aspects of art and practise, particularly within the context of the legacies of colonialism, and ongoing racism and societal inequalities
  • Develop collaborative projects that are inspired by or draw on both institutions' collections and their distinctive spaces, working with researchers and students across the wider university
  • Work collaboratively across the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle's Yard, the University of Cambridge Museums consortium and other University departments
  • Undertake independent research, developing projects, applying for funding, with a focus on high quality and high impact outputs for submission to the Research Excellence Framework
  • With relevant staff, supervise and oversee the day-to-day curatorial work, management care, and security of relevant part of both collections
  • Respond to public enquiries; facilitate access to relevant parts of the collections for students, staff, scholars, and the public
  • Maintain and improve physical and digital access to the collections
  • Support fundraising campaigns and income generating activities (e.g. funding applications, press releases, and media interviews as appropriate)
  • A more detail description of the role's purpose can be read when replying

Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Curatorial or relevant experience working with 20th and 21st Century British art, or related international art, in particular through displays, exhibitions, public programming, loans and acquisitions
  • Working with diverse and under-represented communities in Britain on the subject of art and creativity
  • Researching, creating displays, producing publications and other public outputs concerning 20th and 21 Century British artist or related international artists
  • Excellent knowledge and/or experience of modern and contemporary British art within an international context
  • Track record in research, and creating public impact, around under-represented aspects of British art, including works by women, LBGTQI+ and diaspora artists
  • The role holder will have completed a PhD, or demonstrate comparable research and experience (e.g. project work, publications, exhibitions) in a relevant subject area
  • Direct, hands-on experience of handling relevant works of art/objects, and working with artists and other creative practitioners
  • A full list of requirement for the role will be provided when applying

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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