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Curatorial assistant

Curatorial assistant

locationLondon EC2Y 8DS, UK
ExpiresExpires: 17/06/2024
Creative and Design
Permanent position

Closing date for applications: 17th June at 11.59pm

Department: Visual Arts

Term: Permanent, Full-time

Salary range: £30,180 - £33,120 per annum (inclusive of Inner London Weighting), dependent on skills and experience


The Barbican Centre is looking for an experienced and highly motivated individual to join the Visual Arts team and provide organisational and curatorial support on our programme of exhibitions, commissions, publications, and events.

The Barbican is a unique, dynamic Arts and Learning Centre that presents artistic experiences with collaborators across music, theatre, dance, visual arts and cinema that variously entertain, enable, enrich, and enlighten our many audiences. Our aim is to be a 21st century international Arts Centre that champions equity, diversity, and inclusion, and explores new approaches to arts, education, and enterprise.

Barbican Visual Arts presents exhibitions and commissions that rethink art historical narratives and explore pivotal contemporary issues and themes, with a programme that encompasses contemporary and modern art, fashion, design, architecture, performance, film and photography.We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated individual to join the Visual Arts team and provide organisational and curatorial support on our programme of exhibitions, commissions, publications, and events.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an excellent knowledge of art and contemporary exhibition practice and have either an arts degree combined with some relevant experience, or demonstrable experience of working in an art gallery, curatorial work and/or published writing. You will also be supporting Curators, Assistant Curators and the Co-Ordination team in the international partnership programme as required, working with partners and lenders, providing general administrative and organisational support on projects. Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills are vital, along with meticulous attention to detail.



Exhibition and public programme

  • To research, compile and write material relating to exhibitions, Curve commissions and public art projects, including but not limited to: correspondence; exhibition databases; interpretive texts; minutes; reports and book content as necessary.
  • To carry out loan administration, including securing details of insurance valuations and display requirements from artists, lenders and others, as required by the Curatorial team, and also for packing and transport requirements.
  • To contribute ideas to the development of the Public Programme, and carry out the realisation of these events, within budget and schedule.
  • To support the Curatorial team with the inputting of information on Artifax (events management software) as required for events.
  • To gather and return photographic and digital material, contacting agencies and image providers as necessary, dealing with requests regarding reproduction rights and copyright for the purposes of publications, press and marketing. Collating and circulating approved images.
  • To collate information required for press purposes and liaising with staff of the

Marketing and communications departments

  • To support the Curatorial team in planning the architectural design and graphic design of exhibitions, liaising with external architects and designers.
  • To work to schedules set for the planning, installation and take down of exhibitions. Curatorial Assistant / Visual Arts / June 2024
  • To assist in the installation and de-installation of exhibitions, in such tasks as condition checking of artworks as required, whether at Barbican or partner venues.
  • To organise the framing of exhibits as necessary.
  • To input, monitor and update information on the Gallery’s exhibition database and other systems.
  • To assist in the preparation and writing of exhibition labels and interpretative texts for specific exhibitions as required and co-ordinate production of the same.
  • To carry out accurate provenance research in compliance with due diligence procedures and best practice and generate reports.
  • To organise exhibition installation photography.
  • To give exhibition tours to the public and other stakeholders.
  • To assist the Curatorial team with the drafting and administration of contracts.
  • To assist in the preparation and writing of exhibition catalogues.

Business performance

  • To organise travel requirements including tickets, hotels and per diems.
  • To undertake general administrative duties including filing, photocopying, scanning, collating and sending mail, preparing materials for the archive and other clerical duties.
  • To receive telephone and email enquiries concerning aspects of exhibitions, as well as general queries from potential exhibitors.
  • To organise meetings, book meeting rooms, assist in the administration of private views and other events.

Governance and finance

  • To process orders and invoices, setting up new suppliers on the Barbican’s finance system and supporting budget monitoring as required.

Managing relationships

  • To liaise with lenders and other stakeholders.Curatorial Assistant / Visual Arts / June 2024
  • To support the wider Curatorial team in developing and nurturing excellent relationships with artists and contributors.
  • To engage other colleagues across the Barbican Centre as and when necessary.

Other duties

  • To actively seek to implement the City of London’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy in relation to the duties of the post, and at all times give due regard to the health and safety of both themselves and others when carrying out their duties.
  • To actively seek to implement the City of London’s Equal Opportunity Policy and the objective to promote equality of opportunity in relation to the duties of the post. 
  • To undertake any other duties that may reasonably be requested appropriate to the grade.


Knowledge, skills and experience

Please find below the qualifications, experience and technical skills required to undertake this post. Each criterion will be assessed at application (A), interview (I) or test (T) as indicated below.


  • An Art History degree or equivalent degree in design, architecture or humanities fields or equivalent sectoral experience (A)
  • An excellent knowledge of art and contemporary exhibition practice (A&I)
  • Demonstrable curatorial work and writing (A&I)
  • Demonstrable practical experience of working in an arts organisation, museum, gallery or similar organisation (A&I)
  • Previous administrative and/or office experience (A&I)
  • Adept research skills, with strong attention to detail. (A&I)
  • Experience of monitoring budgets and undertaking financial administration (A&I)
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to handle issues with tact, discretion, sensitivity and diplomacy in a confidential environment. (A&I)
  • Well organised, with the ability to work to tight deadlines and maintain a calm, ordered approach. (A&I)
  • Demonstrable written and verbal communication skills. (A&I)
  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (A&I)
  • Excellent IT and word processing skills (familiarity with Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook and Excel and confidence with using databases)


  • Experience using Artifax (A)


We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please make sure that you state in your application that you found this role via Creative Access.

Level of experience

  • Junior