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Curator - City Arts Centre (12 months fixed term)

Organisation: Museums and Galleries Edinburgh

Salary: £36,312 - £42,717

Location: Edinburgh

Based at City Art Centre, the Curator – Temporary (12 months fixed term) develops, manages and curates programmes of art exhibitions and collection displays for a variety of different audiences. They are part of a team which manages the policies, strategies, objectives and targets for the core areas of interpretation, care and development of the Council’s Museums and Galleries collections and exhibitions, which include Recognised Collections of National Significance.

This post is subject to a basic disclosure check.


Develops, manages and curates programmes of exhibitions and collection displays for a variety of different audiences.
Undertakes a programme of professional research into exhibitions and collections.
Devises interpretation and information for exhibitions and collections.
Manages exhibitions and loans contracts, adhering to the procedures for insurance, transportation, loan agreements, condition reports, environmental conditions and security.
Provides specialist advice on care and interpretation of exhibitions and the fine art collection to public programmes, retail, visitor services and other curatorial colleagues.
Assists with the physical and preventative care, documentation and digitisation of exhibitions and collections.
Seeks feedback from stakeholders and undertakes post-project evaluations in order to contribute to the improvement of the service.
Manages and processes exhibition proposal submissions.
Sources external exhibitions and initiates partnership projects with artists and other organisations.
Cares for the collections according to professional standards and requirements.
Develops collections, including managing the process of acquisitions through auctions or private sale.
Manages schemes which widen access to collections externally.


Experience of creating and co-producing exhibitions for and with people of all ages and abilities
Experience of interpreting collections for a range of audiences with diverse access needs
Experience of engaging audiences with collections through in-person and digital exhibitions, events and publications
Experience of working in partnership with local authorities, third party organisations, and other museums and galleries on development of projects, programmes and exhibitions
Experience of providing curatorial and professional advice for a range of stakeholders

Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Understanding of best practice collections management procedures and sectoral standards i.e. Museum Accreditation
Knowledge of caring for and developing collections
Ability to deal with enquiries from visitors, researchers and users
Demonstrable skill in managing projects and budgets
Understanding of health and safety policies for people and collection items

University degree in museum or heritage studies, or equivalent

Observance of Council policies and Museums Association Code of Ethics
Understanding of guidelines, legislation and policies relating to the care, development and management of artworks and artefacts including loans, transportation and insurance
Ability to work across Council departments and with external partners, stakeholders, community groups and third party organisations in the successful delivery of service objectives
Ability to share resources by working with Council colleagues and external local and national institutions in the delivery of exhibitions and projects
This post is regulated work with children and/or protected adults under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. The preferred candidate will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update check. Where an individual has spent a continuous period of 3 months or more out with the UK in the last 5 years, an Overseas Criminal Record Check will be required. You will be required to provide this check. An unconditional offer of employment and commencement in the post will be subject to the outcome of both these pre-employment checks being deemed satisfactory.

We’re committed to creating a workplace culture where all our people feel valued, included and able to be their best at work, and we recognise the benefits that a diverse workforce with different values, beliefs, experience, and backgrounds brings to us as an organisation.

Our salary range typically reflects the initial starting salary and annually increases until it reaches the top of the range.

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Application Deadline: Thursday 08/02/2024