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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Salary or training bursary: £24,000 per annum
6 Months
Company:Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
Open to all
Apply by:06/08/2021 - 12:00

Collection Online Early Career Research Fellow (Mythological Subjects)

Do you have a strong interest in nineteenth-century British art and excellent communication skills? Then look no further than this brilliant role...

Watts Gallery Trust is an independent charity established in 1904 to manage the legacy of George Frederic Watts OM RA, one of the leading artists of the nineteenth century. Today, Watts Gallery Trust is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation that oversees Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. Consisting of Limnerslease, the former home of artists G F Watts and Mary Seton Watts, the Grade I listed Watts Cemetery Chapel, designed by Mary Watts, the Pottery Building that formerly housed the Compton Potters Arts Guild, and Watts Gallery established in 1904 as the UK’s first single-artist museum, the Artists’ Village is a leading regional visitor attraction.

Watts Gallery Trust is seeking to recruit an emerging early-career researcher (within eight years of the award of a doctorate or with equivalent professional experience) for a six-month research project. Working across Watts Gallery Trust's collections, the ECR Fellow will conduct research into mythological themes within George Frederic Watts' work in order to develop and write new content for the Collection Online.


  • Research this key thematic area (Mythological Subjects) working across Watts Gallery Trust's collections, exploring crucial links between works across the paintings, sculpture, works on paper and photography collections
  • Supported by the Curatorial department, develop an understanding of the latest approaches to writing accessible interpretation
  • Write collection records for the online collection including accessible object summaries and fully-referenced catalogue entries
  • Work with the Curatorial and Marketing departments to programme a series of live-streamed gallery talks, blogs, Smartify audio tour features and social media interventions to share the latest research with broad audiences
  • Other responsibilities where necessary as per the full job description

Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Specialist knowledge of nineteenth- and early- twentieth-century British art
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Excellent IT skills, including Word, Excel, database and email applications
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills, coupled with the ability to work calmly under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Familiarity with Collections Management Systems
  • Doctoral degree in a relevant field (such as History of Art or History) or equivalent experience
  • Effective verbal and written communicator

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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