Deadline: Midday 01 October 2019
We are planning the first ever exhibition devoted to the British branch of the Imperial Russian Goldsmith Carl Fabergé. Fabergé’s works were as popular in Britain as they were in Russia and the only branch of the firm outside Russia was opened in London in 1903. It attracted a glittering clientele and quickly grew to rival those of St Petersburg and Moscow. The exhibition will examine the genesis of the firm in London and the work sold to the clients it served in Britain, Europe, North America and Asia.
The exhibition is scheduled for Autumn 2021. We are seeking a practically-minded and highly motivated curator with proven research, publication and exhibition experience to co-deliver the exhibition and accompanying publication. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the exhibition Guest Curator, Kieran McCarthy and will be supported by V&A colleagues.
1. To undertake a wide range of research tasks for the Exhibition as agreed with the Guest Curator. This will include research on subject areas, collections, archives and objects relevant to the exhibition, usually working independently to drive forward exhibition research.
2. Contribute to further development of the existing structure, themes and content of the exhibition, identifying and developing specific research subjects as required.
3. Co-curate the exhibition object selection and develop and maintain excellent relationships with project stakeholders, taking the lead with internal stakeholders. Identify public and private collections as necessary and, as required, negotiate loans with external lenders and secure in-principle permission to borrow objects.
4. With the Guest Curator, encourage debate on the exhibition subject both within and outside the Museum through talks, conferences and other relevant academic platforms.
5. With the Guest Curator, periodically report progress to the Exhibitions Steering Group and present to the Board of Trustees as required.
6. In consultation with V&A Publishing and the Guest Curator determine the nature of an accompanying publication. If V&A Publishing produce the publication, work on outline with the Guest Curator, potentially acting as co-editor and contribute to the publication, possibly including the following tasks: contribute essays, compile bibliographies, illustration lists, object checklists, timelines, captions, any relevant end matter. Assist with proof reading and indexing and liaise with contributing authors as required.
7. Direct picture research for the Exhibition. Ensure that an Excel spreadsheet is created for tracking permissions and copyrights as needed for contextual images and AV material selected for the exhibition, working closely with the V&A’s Rights Clearance Manager.
8. Create and update entries and object movements on the V&A’s Collections Management System (CMS) database, as required.
9. Work with the Guest Curator on all aspects of briefing and provision of information to the exhibition designers (3d, graphics, lighting and audio-visual software), work collaboratively with the exhibition designers and provide curatorial comments throughout the development of each design stage and during formal sign off periods.
10. Write and edit exhibition texts, object labels and other forms of interpretation as agreed with Guest curator. Proof read and correct exhibition text when typeset by graphic designer.
11.Liaise with relevant sections of the V&A on behalf of the Guest Curator as and when necessary, including Learning, Development, Marketing, Press, Digital Media, Events, Commercial and Digital Development and Publications departments. Attend Project Team Meetings and contribute to Curatorial reviews of the development of the exhibition.
12.Manage any Research Assistants assigned to the project and supervise any volunteers working on the project, if required.
13.As required work on the development of future exhibition programme proposals in consultation with the Head of Exhibitions and Loans.
14.Work collaboratively within the V&A Research Institute and other Collection departments, as required.
15.Work collaboratively with the V&A’s Development team to raise sponsorship for the exhibition.
16.Work collaboratively with the V&A’s Exhibitions department on content, design, budget and programme.
17.Conduct guided tours and give talks for VIPs including any sponsors and V&A Museum supporters, including but not exclusively at Sponsors’ Events; V&A Member's Events; V&A Staff Events; Late View Events and V&A Patrons’ events.
18.Be committed to health and safety and ensure familiarity with all of the Museum's health and safety policies and procedures.
19.Be security conscious, ensure familiarity and co-operation with all museum security procedures and ensure you wear a security pass at all times when on museum premises.
20.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 respect/dignity and actively contributing to developments that support the Museum’s strategy for widening access, inclusion and diversity.
21.Carry out ad hoc duties as requested by appropriate managers within your department.
1. A graduate degree in a relevant discipline or evidence of equivalent expertise.
2. Demonstrable expertise in the history of 20th century design.
3. Curatorial skills and experience, including knowledge of the needs of different audiences and a commitment to providing for these through publications, lectures, gallery talks and the creation of new displays and of material for the web. Knowledge of the process of collecting objects for an institution.
4. Solid experience of curating exhibitions for a public institution.
5. Demonstrable ability to speak on this subject area on behalf of the V&A, to represent the V&A nationally and internationally.
6. Research experience, in particular, a commitment to both object- and subject-based research and the ability to co-ordinate and record multiple research strands.
8. Experience managing high level contacts and collaborators.
9. Good communications skills and ability to work collaboratively. Good writing skills, sound knowledge of grammar and syntax, proven evidence of the ability to write for a wide range of audiences and take their needs seriously.
10. Evidence of practical and organisational skills. Meticulousness and keen attention to detail in all aspects of work, particularly record keeping.
11. Flexibility and ability to work under pressure.
12. Demonstrable computer skills (Excel, Photoshop, Powerpoint, etc) an ability to manage information in traditional and digital forms systematically and accurately.
1. Ph.D. or equivalent level of research or practice expertise.
2. Written and spoken French
Net working hours (i.e. excluding meal breaks) are 36 per week.
The salary will be within V&A pay £27,878 - £33,506. Future pay progression will be in accordance with the V&A's Pay Agreement(s). Normal level transfer and promotion rules will apply for internal candidates.
28 days plus 8 days public holidays Pension benefits The Civil Service offers a choice of either an occupational pension or stakeholder pension, giving you the flexibility to choose a scheme that suits you best. The occupational pension scheme currently has a 3.5% - 8.25% member contribution rate dependent on annual pensionable earnings, with an employer contribution rate of between 16.7% - 24.3%.
The ‘Partnership’ pension account is a stakeholder money purchase pension with an employer contribution based on age. Further details are available upon request or appointment.
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