Canterbury Christ Church University - Sidney Cooper Centre

Arts and Culture is at the heart of Canterbury Christ Church University where we have an artistically vibrant, academically inspiring and socially engaging arts programme. Our Arts and Culture Programme attracts, illuminates and ensures our students participate in and articulate a positive and life shaping experience here, engaging positively with a programme that reaches and involves the public, artists and a wide range of external communities.

The Sidney Cooper Gallery sits right in the heart of Canterbury City Centre. Exhibitions of work by local and national artists, university staff and students throughout the year are complemented by lively lectures and workshops for staff, students and the public. A beautiful gallery space profiling high quality in an engaging way.

The Role
Reporting to the Director of Arts and Culture, the role ensures the Sidney Cooper Gallery showcases a rolling programme of contemporary art exhibitions and events with an ambition to commission more exhibitions specially for the Gallery. Alongside staff and student exhibitions, the Sidney Cooper Gallery Team devises and delivers a number of high-level exhibitions, building on strategic partnerships to promote and encourage engagement with contemporary art.

The role of the curator is to devise new exhibitions that reflect and enhance the University’s cultural offer not only to Canterbury and Kent but to the region. We showcase existing and new research from staff and students, develop strategic partnerships to best position the gallery within the arts and manage a team of gallery assistants, interns, volunteers and technicians to deliver quality exhibitions and events to grow the reputation of the Gallery and the University.

You will be an experienced visual arts gallery manager and/or programmer having worked in a gallery with experience of commissioning and engaging artists in the process of bringing high quality and imaginative visual arts to the wider public. You will have experience in project management, marketing (including web and social media) and audience development. You must be able to demonstrate high levels of attention to detail, strong organisational and communication skills, and that you have a good grasp of the opportunities for arts and culture within the University. You will also:

  • ensure a properly equipped high quality venue and experience for artists, the public, staff and students alike;
  • supervise the day to day functioning and warding of the Gallery and adjacent shopfront display, including rostering staff and volunteers;
  • develop new and foster existing strategic partners to enhance the programme;
  • manage a small team of staff including gallery assistants, interns, and volunteers;
  • manage and develop the Gallery budget including developing partnership funding with a wide range of stakeholders, trusts and grant makers;
  • take overall responsibility for the health and safety, risk assessment, disability access, equal opportunities, security, public welcoming and access, hanging and selling artists work and conservation issues.

Additional Information
A secondment opportunity maybe considered.

Interviews are to be held: 8 November 2016.

How to Apply
To apply online and gain further details about this post, please click the apply button below.

If you require further information regarding the application process please contact the Recruitment Team at quoting reference number FAH0678. Please note applications must be made online via the University website; details sent directly via email cannot be considered.

No agencies, thank you.

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