Paintings Conservator Fixed Term

Organisation: National Galleries of Scotland

Salary: £31,707 - £34,677

Location: Edinburgh

Full-time, Fixed Term (9 months)
Salary £31,707 – £34,677 per annum
Pay award pending plus generous benefits package
Flexible working

We have an exciting opportunity for a specialist Paintings Conservator to join our small, dedicated team of Paintings Conservators and Conservation Technicians.

You will have a sound knowledge of the history of art and the ability to undertake conservation and art historical research for paintings collections. You’ll be passionate about working with our diverse and exceptional collections. This role will help to deliver an ambitious exhibition schedule and a generous lending programme.

You must have a degree with a recognised post-graduate qualification in a relevant conservation discipline or equivalent training/experience. You will have proven practical experience of working with a broad range of art collections within the specialism of paintings gained post education/training.

You’ll be able to juggle several projects at any one time, be resourceful and above all, enthusiastic.

Excellent time management and planning skills with the ability to prioritise work to meet deadlines are essential.

The difference you’ll make

Reporting to one of our Senior Paintings Conservator, you will be part of the Conservation Department which includes other conservation specialisms of paper, frames, and time-based media. It’s a busy department, where everyone strives to keep abreast of recent developments within the wider profession and we encourage a culture of research and collaboration. We regularly process new acquisitions as our collection expands, and we provide baseline care across all the collection.

Your core activities will include:

Assisting with planning and programming paintings conservation work required to deliver the loans, displays, exhibitions, acquisitions, and collections care activities.

Recording work undertaken and liaising with colleagues to highlight any anticipated issues with the delivery of the work programme.

Undertaking conservation work required for exhibitions and displays of paintings, including at non-NGS sites.

Advising on the suitability of works of art for transport and display, condition checking, conservation treatments and application of preventive conservation measures.

Completing paintings conservation work required to improve standards of collections care, such as condition surveys of parts of the collection and remedial treatments.

Documentation – requesting photography, communicating findings, and providing data for entry onto our collections management database (Multi Mimsy) and our website.

Responding to any incident reports relating to paintings.

Liaising with colleagues to ensure works are safely packed and installed, which may involve designing specialist storage and display cases.

Undertaking art historical research relating to parts of our paintings collection, and conservation research relating to modes of deterioration, conservation materials and techniques.

Application Deadline: Monday 31/07/2023