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The British Art Network (BAN) is a Subject Specialist Network bringing together professionals working on British art including curators, researchers and academics, reflecting the combined strength of the UK’s public collections and curatorial expertise in this field.

The aim of the BAN is to contribute to the sharing of expertise, research and ideas across museums, galleries and academic institutions in the UK. This is supported through a variety of networking opportunities both on and offline. Membership to the network is always open and free, and it includes the following activity:

  • An online register of expertise in British art
  • An electronic newsletter
  • Seminars each year hosted by Tate, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art or partner organisations on themes relating to British art
  • A dedicated network group for Early Career Curators specialising in British art
  • Network sub-groups that explore specific areas of British art and are led by regional network members across the UK

The network spans all aspects of British art from the sixteenth century to the present day including painting, sculpture, architecture, installations, graphic art, performance, photography, film etc. 

BAN is jointly led by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC). It is supported by the PMC, by public funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by Tate.

This new post of British Art Network Convenor has been created to provide visible leadership for the BAN and to promote its aims and shape its mission through collaboration with its members, steering group and other stakeholders. In this role you will create an enhanced sense of community amongst BAN members and generate a productive platform for the dissemination and discussion of curatorial research. Based at the PMC in London, you will report to the Director of Studies and will also work closely on the development of the network with the BAN Coordinator based at Tate, along with the gallery’s Head of National Partnerships.

Essential requirements for this role will be proven knowledge of an area of historic, modern or contemporary British art and culture, together with experience and understanding of the challenges of museum and/or gallery curatorship. You must also have extensive experience of having run a programme of public events in a gallery, museum, academic or similar environment, plus extensive professional networks in both museum and higher education sectors, particularly in regional institutions. You will also be an accomplished and confident communicator, project manager, researcher, leader and influencer with proven skills in delivering a funded programme with external reporting requirements.

Salary will be in the range of £45,000 to £50,000 per annum, depending on experience.

This post is full time and offered as a three year fixed term contract. Please note that the post involves regular UK travel and travel to the USA once a year.

Person Specification

Essential experience, skills and competences:

  • Knowledge and proven experience of an area of either historic, modern or contemporary British art and culture.
  • Experience and understanding of the challenges of museum and/or gallery curatorship.
  • Extensive experience of having run a programme of public events in a gallery, museum, academic or similar environment.
  • Extensive professional networks in both museum and higher education sectors, particularly in regional institutions.
  • Understanding of inclusivity, equality and diversity as they relate museums, galleries and specifically to public programmes, and the ability to apply and promote these in practice.
  • Ability to respond to research findings and transfer ideas and theory into innovative programmes.
  • Demonstrable experience of having successfully managed projects of a range of scales through to completion.
  • Excellent financial and budget management skills and demonstrable experience of delivering a funded programme with external reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrable experience of preparing and providing quality and accurate research for a range of audiences.
  • Excellent writing, editorial and oral communication skills, with proven experience of communicating to a wide range of audiences, including academic, professional and the general public as well as through a range of materials including reports, advocacy documents, research papers and scholarly articles.
  • Experience in developing research projects, writing grant proposals and developing successful funding applications either as an individual or coordinating a team of subject specialists.
  • Experience in developing an online presence and website development through knowledge of appropriate online communication platforms.
  • Proven experience of successfully leading, motivating and inspiring colleagues and the ability to coach and work with others to achieve results.
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, the ability to work collaboratively with people at all levels, across departments both internally and externally and to build and maintain effective working relationships.
  • A highly organised and flexible approach to work and the ability to plan and prioritise a varied and busy workload and deliver agreed outputs to deadline, working as part of a team and individually.
  • Extensive experience of the use of Microsoft Office packages (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • An interest in and commitment to the work of Tate and the PMC.
  • Willingness to travel regularly within the UK and once a year to the USA. 

Application Process

Please email your completed application form to recruitment@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk or by post to the address given on the application form.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is midday on 18 April.

Interviews

Interviews for the post will be held during May 2020.

Enquiries

Questions about the post should be addressed to the PMC’s Director of Studies, Mark Hallett at mhallett@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk.