Frames Conservator

Organisation: National Galleries of Scotland

Salary: £29,816- £32,645 per annum

Location: Edinburgh

Job Summary

This is a specialist conservator role, delivering frames conservation across the collection. It is based within the Collections Directorate, reporting to the permanent Frames Conservator. It sits alongside and compliments the other conservation specialisms of paintings, paper, and time-based media.

Key Responsibilities
Frames conservation and research (80%)
• Assist colleagues with the planning and programming of the frames conservation work required to deliver the loans, displays, exhibitions, acquisitions and collections care activities which are scheduled.
• Keep records of work undertaken over the course of the year and liaise with colleagues to flag up any anticipated issues with the delivery of the work programme and to advise on whether additional requests can be accommodated.
• Undertake the conservation work required for exhibitions and displays of framed artworks, both within NGS and at non-NGS sites, including advising on the suitability of works of art for transport and display, condition checking, conservation treatments and application of preventive conservation measures.
• Undertake frames conservation work required to improve standards of collections care, such as condition surveys of targeted parts of the collection and remedial treatments of objects in poor condition.
• Carry out a range of written and electronic documentation, including requesting photography, communicating findings and providing data for entry onto the NGS collections management database (Multi Mimsy) and NGS website.
• With colleagues, respond to any incident reports which relate to frames.
• Liaise with conservation technicians and art handling technicians to ensure that works are safely packed and installed, which may involve designing specialist storage and display cases.
• Where appropriate, undertake art historical research relating to parts of the NGS frames collection, and conservation research relating to modes of deterioration and conservation materials and techniques.

Common Areas of Responsibility (20%)
These areas of responsibility are common across all the conservator roles, although some of the specifics will vary depending on the conservator’s specialism.
• Commission and supervise work by freelance conservators and specialists.
• Undertake courier duties of relevance to the conservation specialism on behalf of NGS.
• Devise work programmes for and supervise interns, placement students and volunteers.
• Provide specialist advice and training for colleagues, both within and outside the Conservation Department, and answer external enquiries.
• Work with the budget holder to create, review, manage and maintain the budget for particular areas of responsibility.
• Maintain relevant conservation and analytical equipment, advise on purchases of new equipment, monitor levels of conservation materials and request additional stock as appropriate.
• Publicise and promote the activity of the specialist role and of the Conservation Department as a whole, both internally and externally, by giving talks, tours, and presentations and writing content for traditional publications and social media.

Application Deadline: Wednesday 07/07/2021