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Opportunity: Collections Trust Board

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 11:00

Collections Trust are looking for two new trustees to join their board. In particular, they would like to hear from people with one or more of the following attributes:
- Legal expertise
- Financial expertise
- Museum professional seeking their first board experience
- A connection with university museums

The roles are voluntary with expenses paid for by Collections Trust to attend the four meetings a year. Some trustees also serve on an audit committee that meets twice a year. Meetings are usually held in London, in the board room of Rich Mix.

To apply, send your CV with a covering letter by 31 January 2019. The board will consider applications in early February and will interview shortlisted candidates as soon as possible after that. As Collections Trust is committed to increasing the diversity of its board, staff and audience you must also complete an online equal opportunities form. It is completely anonymous and cannot be linked to your application. When the form has been completed, add the code you will find at the end of the form to your covering letter. The code is the same for all applicants.

Applications can be emailed to

Visit Collections Trust's website for more details.

Art Fund and Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation Conference Travel Fellowship

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 09:30
AAMC Conference Travel Fellows 2017

AAMC Conference Travel Fellows 2017. Photo courtesy of AAMC Foundation and Michael Seto Photography.

The Art Fund and Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation Conference Travel Fellowship will support eight UK-based curators to participate fully in AAMC’s 2019 Conference in New York City in May 2019, including significant additional funding to support follow-up activities. The fellowship sees Art Fund partnering with AAMC Foundation - a US based organisation which, like Art Fund, provides support and advocacy for curators - for the first time. Art Fund said:

"This new programme aims to enable UK curators to engage meaningfully and with authority on the international stage, developing their own experience and learning while also raising the profile of their institutions and collections abroad.  Through the travel fellowships we hope that new relationships will be brokered between institutions in the UK and internationally, stimulating collaboration on all areas of activity from loans to public programmes."

The programme is open to all art curators at museums, galleries or charitable organisations. Applicants must live and work in the United Kingdom. Priority will be given to applicants without existing strong ties to US partners and to the overall international curatorial network. Applications from curators without access travel funding and/or professional development support are particularly encouraged to apply.

As well as attendance at the conference, applicants will be invited to take part in introductory weekend tours; benefit from a pairing with a peer US-based curator to offer collegial partnership throughout the conference; receive an invitation to the AAMC Foundation’s Program Alumni Reception, a networking event allowing attendees to connect with others engaged in professional development and with AAMC; and enjoy a 2-year AAMC membership allowing access to AAMC’s suite of curatorial development opportunities.

Following the conference, recipients of the travel fellowships will be eligible to draw down additional research and development grants to activate ideas and develop relationships with their international counterparts.

Full details on the aims and scope of the programme can be found at  
Applications are open now with a deadline of 12 February.

Photographic Collections Network secures £70,000 Arts Council funding

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 13:00

The Photographic Collections Network (PCN) has been awarded Arts Council England funding of £69,800 to supports its work on building networks, knowledge, support and advocacy for anyone working with or interested in photographic collections and archives in the United Kingdom.  

The funding will enable the PCN – a subject specialist network – to deliver a significantly enhanced programme during 2019-20.  This includes:

- Researching and delivering a major conference on the subject of digital legacy
- Identifying and acting as an advocate for threatened photographic collections
- Organising a series of community roadshows and digitisation events
- Developing the programme of workshops and study days to encourage networking, learning, research and advocacy
- Enhancing the involvement of PCN members
- Building links with specialists in other related disciplines

Director of the PCN Paul Herrmann said: “We are delighted that Arts Council England has recognised the importance of Britain’s photographic collections and the key role that PCN has in securing, documenting, and making available these important resources for future generations.

The grant will support the next phase of PCN’s development, in particular, the work on digital legacy which will secure the collections of today’s photographers for the future.”

December 2018 Opportunities

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 12:00

British Museum
Project Curator: Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (until 30 November 2021)

The British Museum is looking for someone to curate their Endangered Material Knowledge programme’s digital content, managing: its repository, training and assisting grantees, overseeing quality control of data and documentation, digital public engagement.
Deadline: 17 Dec 2018, 12 noon.
Read more / apply here.

Interpretation Manager
The British Museum seeks to appoint someone to manage their Interpretation Officers on a day-to-day basis, support the evolving approach to Interpretation, and work with project teams, curators, designers and contractors to ensure that the content and interpretation used in the Museum’s exhibitions and galleries best meet their audiences’ needs.
Deadline: 21 Dec 2018, 12 noon.
Read more / apply here.

Visual Arts South West
Visual Arts South West is seeking a new Network Manager, on a 3 days per week for 2 years fixed term contract (with potential for extension subject to funding). They're looking someone who's:
- highly motivated and experienced professional with excellent knowledge, passion and perspective of contemporary visual arts across the South West region
- got experience of strategy and business planning, project management and delivery, stakeholder engagement and fundraising in order to refresh, represent and realise a vision of VASW, along with its varied programmes and initiatives
- a confident and effective communicator with strong negotiation skills, experienced at developing and managing relationships at all levels, and have a successful track record in high quality delivery.
Deadline: Sun 6 Jan 2019, 5pm.
Interviews: Mon 15 Jan 2019
Read more / apply here, or for further information and access enquiries, contact Nella Aarne, Interim Network Administrator:

UK-based scholars! 
The British Academy are inviting proposals for conferences in 2020. If you're a post-doctoral scholar looking for support to present leading-edge research and stimulate discussion on humanities / social sciences,  take a look at their annual call out for conference proposals as part of the British Academy's events programme:
"We are looking for proposals that will be pivotal events, of lasting significance in their field. Successful conferences will bring together leading and emerging scholars from around the world to present and discuss new research in the humanities and social sciences. Held at the British Academy and universities across the UK, these events will offer students, scholars and specialists a chance to expand their networks and learn about the latest developments in their subject areas."
Deadline: 31 Jan 2019, 5pm.
Read more / apply here.

Cataloguing Grants - Archives Revealed (The National Archives)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 11:45

Ready to improve access and increase engagement with your collection?

The cataloguing grants strand of The National Archives' 'Archives Revealed' closes for applications on Friday 7 December 2018.

Grants of up to £40,000 are available for archives to create catalogues of archival collections. These grants are designed to:
- support the transformation of archive services
- help archives to improve access to collections
- help archives to increase public engagement with history and the UK's documentary heritage

Deadline: Friday 7 December, 2018.
Read more / apply here.

October Opportunities

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 13:00

Job Opportunities:

Two exciting positions have become avaliable at Manchester Art Gallery

The gallery is looking for Project Co-ordinator, working specifically developing the Manchester Together Archive as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project. The position requires a highly skilled, motivated and experience Project Co-ordinator to lead a small team within Manchester City Galleries woring with an archive of more than 10,000 items left in St Ann's Square in the weeks following the 22 May 2017 Manchester Arena. 

Key responsibility of this role will be to plan and implement the project and manage the day to day running of the project, liaising with all members of the project team and volunteers. This will include ensuring that the project is running to schedule and that the project is within budget. 

If you have any queries about the role please contact Amanda Wallace by emailing Interviews with be held on Wednesday 31st October. More information on the role can be found here.

The gallery is also looking for a Digital Archivist to work on project to document, interpret and digitise this material and create a publicly accessible online database. The key responsibility of this role will be to plan and deliver a programme of digitisation of the archival material – developing methodologies and working with gallery staff, volunteers and external partners (including developers) to create a full online digital archive that meets the objectives of the project. This will include ensuring that the project is running to schedule and that the project is within budget. 

Applicants should have extensive experience of archive and / or museum and gallery digitisation projects, and experience of developing and using collection management and / or archive databases. Experience of working with volunteers would be an advantage. 

If you have any queries about the role please contact Amanda Wallace by emailing Interviews with be held on Tuesday 30th October. More information on the role can be found here.

The Science Museum group are looking for a new Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation at the National Science and Media Museum. They are looking for a creative, innovative and strategic leader to join us at the Musuem, in Bradford, in a newly created role on a permanent basis.

They are looking for an individual that will be able to lead a dedicated and driven team of colleagues across exhibitions, content development and interpretation, ensuring our collections and knowledge are shared through story-led, innovative, visitor-focused design. Therefore, the position requires excellent leadership skills and experience of managing and developing a team, budgets and creating genuine opportunities through creative collaboration, as well as experience of interpretive methodology and audience focussed data to deliver creative projects for museum exhibitions, galleries or interactive public spaces.

More information on the role can be found here.

Conference Opportunities: 

A reminder that the National Photography Symposium (NPS) will be returning this year hosted by Redeye in partnership with the University of Salford at their base in MediaCityUK. The Symposium will be held over three dynamic and engaging days, Thursday 1 - Saturday 3 November.

Innovative and forward-looking, the programme of events will be richly curated, with over 20 influential people speaking. Entitled The Future of Work in Photography, the symposium will be a chance for people working with or in photography to discuss current issues, trends, ideas, movements and campaigns to improve the industry.

Ticket information and more about the programme can be found here.

The University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections Division will be hosting a conference on broader themes surrounding Stereo Photography during 18-19 October, 2018. This is presented in conjunction with the 2018 St Andrews Photography Festival, 'Stereo Views of Scotland' which runs throughout the month of October.
A call for papers is now open. Submissions should link to stereo photography or collections in some context but do not have to be specific to Scottish or British Photography. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words for your 20 minute presentation.
Proposals should be submitted to Rachel Nordstrom by emailing All proposals should be submitted by 18 May, 2018 so that we may have a completed programme for publication by 31 May, 2018.

More information on the conference can be found here. Thanks to the British Photographic History for sharing this information.

Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 10:45
Muholi Muholi Parktown by Zanele Muholi, 2016.

Muholi Muholi Parktown by Zanele Muholi, 2016. © Zanele Muholi
Purchased by Bristol's Museums, Galleries and Archives.  (Grant £3,940)

The Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund has reopened with a grants budget of £724,000 for 2018/19.  This is the first year that the Purchase Grant Fund will be provided by Arts Council England’s national lottery funding.  The V&A will continue to administer the Fund. 

The V&A said of the scheme "the Purchase Grant Fund is unique and unrivalled in its scope. Every year it enables regional museums and cultural organisations to strengthen the quality, relevance and standard of their permanent collections, improving audience experience and inspiring students, creative designers and makers and the public to engage with the best of material culture across the country."

The Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund had a successful 2017/18, engaging with museums, galleries, record offices and specialist libraries across the country from Penzance to Newcastle and Aberystwyth to Norwich. Over 90% of the grants budget was allocated outside London. 

Photographic works and archives of all periods costing between £500 and £500,000 is eligible for consideration, as demonstrated by some of last year’s grants, illustrated below. For more information, visit the website.

Credits for photographs of works purchased through the grant fund, courtesy of V&A, below from left to right:
Lantern slides of the construction of Beachy Head lighthouse, 1900-02 acquired by East Sussex Record Office. (Grant £2,451) © East Sussex Record Office
Yates's Wine Lodges, England, a series of photographs by Martin Parr, 1983 bought by the John Rylands Library. (Grant £13,700) © Martin Parr
The Nicholson family photographic archive, c.1890-c.1960 acquired by the National Trust for Sissinghurst Castle. (Grant £30,000) © The National Trust

Job Opportunities: Tate, The Photographers' Gallery and The National Gallery

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:45

Photography & Imaging Manager at Tate Britain

Tate are looking for a London-based Photography and Imaging Manager to join their Collection Care division. The opportunity involves planning, management and development of Photography and Imaging operations across Tate inclduing managing the day to day operations of Tate’s Photography and Imaging teams across all Tate sites and on location.

The role will involve work with the Head of Collection Management in the strategic planning and leadership of the department and playing a leading role in developing the Photography and Imaging specialism. Therefore, Tate are looking for candidates with a museum or gallery background who have significant experience in managing a Photography and Imaging team.

To find out more and apply click here.

Digital Manager at The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery are looking for a Digital Manager to develop, manage and maintain TPG's webite and other key digital channels.  A priority of the role is overseeing and supporting the implementation of the final phase of the gallery’s ambitious digital transformation project, which involves all areas of the gallery’s operations in particular ensuring smooth integration of website, CRM and e-commerce systems.  

The position will be filled by an indiviual who is able to demonstrable expertise in managing and developing websites and related digital platforms, with "the ability to advise, shape and lead strategy and implementation around content, architecture and design, as well as having a strong understanding of how to engage and build audiences through excellent and inspiring user experiences and enhanced digital initiatives."

To find out more and apply click here.

Head of National Programmes at The National Gallery

The National Gallery are looking for an individual to fill the Head of National Programmes with the a key new strategic objective of the Gallery in to become 'a truly national Gallery' in mind. The role will therefore include devising a new national strategy for working in collaborative partnerships with both larger and smaller museums and galleries across the UK.

The Head of National Programmes is responsible for leading, developing and delivering the Gallery's national programmes and partnerships in collaboration with the Director of Public Programmes and Partnerships and the Heads of Education and Exhibitions. 

The role will also involve close collaboration with colleagues across the Gallery in order to broaden and strengthen the range of innovative programmes in which the Gallery may participate in the future.

To find out more and apply click here.

Job Opportunity: Conservation Manager, Paper and Photographs, Tate Gallery

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 16:45

© Nigel Henderson Estate. Image released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported). Courtesy: Tate

Tate are looking for a London-based Conservation Manager to join their team. The opportunity involves being in charger of the growing collection of Paper and Photographic artworks in Tate's Collection including development of the team, supporting research and enhancing practice in standards of care. 

In this role, the candidate will work closely with the Head of Conservation in the strategic planning and leadership of the department including co-ordinating the delivery of Tate’s public programme and being responsible for the operational planning, management and development of a team of specialists. 

Tate are looking for candidates with a museum or gallery background who have a proffesional qulification in Conservation. They also want someone who has management experience, in order to develop a team and effectively manage people, budgets and resources effectively. 

To find out more and apply click here.

Job Opportunity: Public Programme Coordinator at Photo London

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 11:15

© Somerset House

This is an opportunity to join the team at Photo London, a major international photography fair that takes place annually each May at Somerset House, London.

Photo London are seeking a Public Programme Coordinator who would be responsible for working with a small team of highly committed professionals to deliver our critically acclaimed Public Programme. This includes being responsible for managing relationships with the Fair’s venue partner, artists, galleries, curators, the production team and a range of suppliers as well as being responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Public Programme.

Photo London are looking for a candidate with experience in the arts or creative sector. The role will involve working closely with the Fair’s Directors, to develop artistic content for Photo London and to produce a high quality Public Programme which aims to be engaging and grow audiences.

To find out more, read the full job description here


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