Curator (maternity cover)

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Curator - maternity cover


Salary: £32,000 - £34,000

Contract type: Maternity cover (29 October 2018 - 27 October 2019)

Reporting to: Director of Programme

Department: Exhibitions 

We are now recruiting for a Curator to take responsibility for the conceptual development, organisation and co-ordination of exhibitions and publications assigned by the Director of Programme, including budgetary management and fundraising.

Role profile

Our Curators work with a small and busy team on the realisation of projects with designers, lenders and design institutions; delivering historic and contemporary exhibitions and commissions.

As a member of the exhibitions team, the Curator will contribute ideas to the museum’s programme and will be essential to the department’s collegiate work environment. Liaising with other internal departments and with the professional design world, our Curator will be part of one of the most dynamic design environments in Europe.  

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Contributing to the delivery of the museum’s curatorial vision by feeding into programming discussions; through the curation of exhibitions; by utilising contacts with designers and organisations; and by using their knowledge of issues in contemporary design and culture
  • Developing the curatorial argument for designated projects by researching and selecting works, and liaising with designers and external curators
  • Taking responsibility for the authoring, commissioning, editing and production of specific exhibition catalogues, guides, labels and wall texts in consultation with Learning
  • Developing installation plans in consultation with the Gallery Manager and Director of Programme
  • Proposing imaginative ways of providing contextual material for exhibitions and events, eg. print, film, video, etc.
  • Drawing up exhibition-specific budgets and monitoring and controlling these, ensuring that any variances are communicated in a timely manner
  • Working with our Philanthropy and Partnerships department (P&P) to deliver written applications to private, public and individually-sourced funders for exhibitions/projects
  • Supplying information on designated exhibitions to P&P and Audiences and Media (A&M) teams for inclusion in sponsorship proposals, press releases, and information on exhibition lenders, etc.
  • Working with our Learning team to devise a an associated public events programme, delivering talks and taking part in symposia, both organised by the museum and other organisations
  • Ensuring the proper flow of exhibition information across departments
  • Representing the museum at networking events, including talks for sponsors, funders, etc.


  • Overseeing loan negotiation and administration, ensuring that all loan conditions are fulfilled, in liaison with the Gallery Manager
  • Overseeing transport arrangements, including the monitoring of the tendering process to ensure advantageous terms and conditions
  • Overseeing the adequate insurance of objects through commercial insurance and applications through the Government Indemnity Scheme, and compiling and filing insurance claims in the event of loss or damage of work

  • Drawing up briefs for designers to procurement stage in consultation with the Gallery Manager
  • Securing touring venues for projects originated by the museum and overseeing the administration and transport arrangements for exhibitions whilst on tour
  • Issuing appropriate contracts to partner organisations, artists, curators and authors in consultation with the Director of Programme. 
  • Responding to approaches from outside individuals and organisations


  • To promote equality and diversity in all aspects of your work by developing and maintaining positive working relationships, ensuring that colleagues are treated fairly and with dignity and respect, and actively contributing to developments that support the museum’s strategy for widening access, inclusion and diversity
  • Deal with any other duties as deemed necessary by the Director of Programme

Person specification


  • Further degree in Design History, Theory or Practice, or extensive equivalent experience
  • Extensive experience of working with designers
  • Senior curatorial experience in a significant museum or gallery or as an independent curator / exhibition manager
  • Extensive knowledge of contemporary design, designers and design world networks
  • Confident public speaker able to represent the museum and its programmes
  • Proven senior level organisational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently, remaining calm under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills and accuracy in written communication
  • Impeccable writing skills and proven experience of high-quality contemporary critical writing
  • Good negotiation skills and the ability to handle sensitive situations with diplomacy
  • Experience of managing complex projects and budgets within an organisational context

Deadline for applications: no later than 17.00, 17 September 2018. Interviews will be held on 21 September 2018 in Dundee.

V&A Dundee is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.