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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Salary or training bursary: £38,000 - £45,000 pro rata
28 hours per week
Company:South London Gallery
Open to all
Apply by:18/05/2021 - 23:59

Head of Communications (Maternity Cover)

Would you like to be responsible for planning and executing on the comms and digital strategies for a London gallery?

The South London Gallery was established on its current site in 1891 by philanthropist William Rossiter to ‘bring art to the people of south London’. Today the gallery comprises its original site at 65 Peckham Road; the Fire Station (which opened to the public in September 2018); Art Block, a space for local children and families on Sceaux Gardens estate and an artist-designed garden.

The Head of Communications (Maternity Cover) will be responsible for all aspects of planning, developing, delivering and evaluating strategic communications and digital activities for the South London Gallery. Working closely with the Director and senior management team, the Head of Communications (Maternity Cover) will help the SLG realise its strategic vision, raising the profile of the South London Gallery at an important time in the gallery’s 130-year history and attracting in-person visitors following a long period of closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 


  • Be an active member of the management team and contribute to the gallery’s organisational leadership, strategic planning and review;
  • Devise and lead on the implementation of the gallery’s audience development plan and communications and digital strategies
  • Plan and manage communications and audience development campaigns to raise the profile of the gallery across all of its programmes to existing and new audiences
  • Manage, with support from the Communications Officer, the writing, editing, production and distribution of all marketing materials, including signage, season leaflets, exhibition guides, programme notes for events, printed materials for outreach projects, posters, and advertising
  • Maintain the SLG brand including internal house-style guidance and with external partners, acting as ‘brand guardian’; work with all gallery, bookshop and café staff to ensure awareness of the SLG brand
  • Manage and oversee effective and imaginative campaigns in support of SLG activities making full use of a wide range of media including print, broadcast and digital, taking a lead role on key corporate communications campaigns
  • Develop and oversee the delivery of the SLG’s digital strategy including the gallery website, digital archive, digital content management, e-marketing and social media
  • Work with the Deputy Director, Operations Manager and gallery colleagues to ensure that the SLG captures visitor and participant data and feedback for internal and external monitoring, evaluation and reporting purposes
  • Manage the gallery’s communications and development staff, ensuring they are enabled to carry out their tasks efficiently and effectively; recruit, monitor and manage staff in line with SLG policies and procedures
  • Have day-to-day responsibility for the financial management of the marketing and communications budgets

Knowledge, skills, experience

  • An in-depth knowledge of contemporary art
  • Considerable experience of organising and managing exhibitions and events, and working closely with artists in a supportive manner
  • Experience of curating exhibitions and creative projects
  • Experience of project management, including devising and maintaining budgets, planning, and reporting to stakeholders
  • Experience of managing staff, freelancers and external contractors and volunteers
  • Experience of working with a range of contacts, organisations and institutions, in academic, media and publishing circles and within the visual arts and cultural sector
  • Experience of initiating and developing successful and sustainable partnerships and collaborations
  • Experience of presenting and publishing within field of expertise
  • A commitment to broadening and deepening audiences’ engagement with contemporary art
  • A demonstrable commitment to prioritising diversity and inclusion across all aspects of the SLG
  • Ability to communicate ideas and information clearly to a range of stakeholders and people on all levels, in writing and verbally
  • An ability to talk about contemporary art accessibly and with conviction, with a wide range of groups
  • Ability to forge working relationships with a wide range of people including artists, gallery visitors of all ages, schools and community groups

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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