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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Salary or training bursary: £38,000 - £48,000
Company:Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
Open to all
Apply by:12/08/2021 - 17:00

Head of Collections and Exhibitions

Are you looking for your next role as someone with significant experience in a senior curatorial position? Explore this opportunity below.

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.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Watts Gallery Trust as they increase their focus on audience development and engagement. Working as part of the Senior Management Team and in close partnership with other departments, the successful candidate will enable audiences to explore the relevance of Watts Gallery's artists, their contemporaries and successors in a way that challenges, supports and stimulates audience engagement. 


  • Contribute to the delivery of the long-term vision for Watts Gallery - Artists' Village, including the shaping of the Senior Management Team of the forthcoming Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation application for 2023-2027
  • Lead the curatorial department, ensuring the successful delivery of ongoing care, conservation and interpretation of WGT's collections and developing a programme of temporary loan exhibitions and display changeovers
  • Lead on the ongoing delivery of Watts Gallery Trust's collection care, ensuring all collection activities are delivered in line with Arts Council England Museum Accreditation
  • Deliver WGT's 5-year collection development plan to ensure proactive enhancements to collections management
  • Lead on the development and delivery of a programme of temporary exhibitions exploring new directions in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British art
  • Lead on the display and interpretation of Watts Gallery's collection and site history across the Artists' Village, in the historic galleries, at Limnerslease (house and studios), at Watts Chapel and across the 18 acres of landscape and Arts & Crafts buildings
  • Work with the new Watts Community Forum to engage with under-represented voices within the community
  • Promote and develop the academic research profile of Watts Gallery, building academic and museum partnerships across the sector to ensure that the institution engages with, supports and develops new research
  • Supervise collaborative doctoral research students and early-career researchers
  • Write and review grant proposals and institutional reports, working with the Development department
  • Work in close liaison with the Head of Marketing and Communications to write features for internal and external publications, websites and digital platforms; support the production of publicity materials

Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Significant experience in a senior curatorial position with substantial demonstrable experience of developing and delivering exhibitions and displays in a museum or gallery
  • A specialist knowledge of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British art, history and visual culture
  • Line management experience
  • Publication and presentation history
  • Demonstrable experience of working effectively as part of a senior management team and with internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience of working to and leading on the implementation of Museum Accreditation Spectrum 5.0 standards including demonstrable experience of working with collections, object handling, loans procedures and collection documentation
  • Experience of audience development and outreach
  • Experience of working with the press and good networking skills
  • Positive line management and coaching experience
  • Substantial experience of managing budgets

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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