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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Salary or training bursary: £38,000 – £45,000
Company:South London Gallery
Open to all
Apply by:18/05/2021 - 09:00

Head of Programme

Ready to take a central role in the delivery of an established London gallery's public programme? This could be your next role.

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 SLG is seeking a Head of Programme to lead on the practical delivery of the SLG’s exhibitions and work closely with the Director on the artistic programme of the gallery. The Head of Programme is also responsible for overseeing the delivery of the public programme of talks, seminars, performances and other events, with significant curatorial input on these aspects of the programme.


  • Be an active member of the senior management team and contribute to the gallery’s organisational leadership, strategic planning and review
  • Ensure that the SLG’s diversity and inclusion aims and objectives are at the forefront of the artistic programme and the SLG as a whole
  • Take responsibility, working with the programme team, for organising SLG exhibitions, events and public programme to the highest standards
  • Line manage the Gallery Technical Manager and plan the install/de-install of exhibitions and projects
  • Ensure that all exhibitions and events are inclusive and accessible and oversee the development and delivery of the SLG’s code of inclusive conduct
  • Work closely with the Operations Manager to ensure a high standard of visitor experience as well as the safety and security of the artwork
  • contribute to discussions of the concept and design of all print
  • respond to ongoing general enquiries from artists and unsolicited exhibition proposals
  • manage access to the SLG’s archive material; review storage and preservation arrangements as required; work closely with Southwark Archives
  • Manage the gallery’s programme team, ensuring they are enabled to carry out their tasks efficiently and effectively; recruit, monitor and manage programme staff in line with SLG policies and procedures
  • oversee the management of freelance artists, technicians and other contractors engaged to support the delivery of the SLG’s programme
  • Have day-to-day responsibility for the financial management of the artistic programme, controlling budgets as agreed with the Director, authorising expenditure, monitoring and reporting on budgets and taking action to deal with variances identified

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
  • 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/publishing within field of expertise, evaluating programmes and strategies, managing a collection or archive resources, or raising funds would each be advantageous
  • A demonstrable commitment to prioritising diversity and inclusion across all aspects of the SLG
  • An ability to talk about contemporary art accessibly and with conviction, with a wide range of groups
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team, and ability to develop people
  • Ability to plan and monitor budgets using spreadsheets


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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