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Curatorial assistant

Curatorial assistant

locationWakefield, UK
ExpiresExpires: 27/06/2022
Event Management / Curation
Fixed term contract
£20,000 to £30,000 per year

Deadline for applications: 9am on Monday 27 June 2022

Interviews: Tuesday 5 July 2022

Salary: £22,000 per annum pro rata 

Term: Fixed-term, six-month contract. Part-time, 29.6 hours per week 


Can you see yourself supporting a world-class programme of exhibitions, publications, and public events? Explore the role below with this Yorkshire art museum.

The Hepworth Wakefield has welcomed over 2.4 million visitors since opening in May 2011 and is now established as a major local, national and international museum, winning Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2017. We present an acclaimed programme of historical and contemporary art exhibitions alongside displays drawn from Wakefield's growing collection of 20th-century and contemporary art. Central to our work is our ambitious learning programme that engages a broad and diverse audience. To bring our wider site to life The Hepworth Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, opened in August 2019 and is one of the largest free public gardens in the UK. Later this year the 19th century mill building complex opposite the gallery will be opening as a vibrant creative industries and education hub.

We are now looking for a Curatorial Assistant to work closely with the Senior Curator, Curator and Collection & Exhibitions team to support, contribute to and deliver a world-class programme of exhibitions, publications and public events, with a particular focus on our touring exhibition programme. Since 2018 THW has toured major exhibitions to partner museums both nationally and internationally, and the Curatorial Assistant will support the development and delivery of this programme. The role will provide crucial administrative, research and practical support to assist the team with delivering all aspects of the exhibition organisation and installation, including producing engaging and accessible copy, keeping meticulous records of multiple loans, and liaising with lenders and tour partners.



  • Work closely with the Senior Curator, Curator and Collection and Exhibitions Manager, as well as the broader Collection & Exhibitions team to provide strategic, administrative and research support to develop and deliver the Hepworth Wakefield’s touring exhibitions programme
  • Support the team in the professional operation and delivery of all aspects of exhibition organisation and installations (including, but not exhaustively): overseeing loan requests, condition checking, installation photography, and assisting the Registrar where required with insurance requirements, object entry/exit forms, and the management of couriers
  • Support the research and delivery of collection displays and public programme at The Hepworth Wakefield as required
  • Produce and manage the production of engaging and accessible copy for exhibitions and collection displays, including catalogue texts, guides and wall texts; learning resources; press releases and marketing material; and funding applications
  • Be the point of contact with partner venues for touring exhibitions, providing copy, images and administrative support where required
  • Work closely with the Communications team to develop and produce multimedia content for the website and other online platforms
  • Book travel, accommodation and prepare hospitality and per diems for artists, couriers and other guests, including those relating to the development of the touring exhibitions programme
  • Source and prepare estimates, raise purchase orders, process invoices and general budget monitoring
  • Undertake any other duties as reasonably required by the Senior Curator and Collections and Exhibitions Manager


Knowledge, skills, experience


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to develop relationships with a range of colleagues, stakeholders and audiences
  • An ability to manage workloads and prioritise to meet multiple deadlines
  • Excellent organisational skills and an eye for detail

  • Excellent copywriting and proofreading skills

  • Enthusiasm for contemporary and historical art

  • Highly motivated, flexible and adaptable

  • A supportive team player

  • Knowledge of art history and contemporary art with a particular knowledge or interest in 20th-century British art


  • Demonstrable knowledge and engagement with contemporary art practice in the UK and abroad
  • Demonstrable engagement with museum collections and experience of collections management software
  • Knowledge of collections care and conservation procedures
  • Experience of working in an art gallery / museum with collections and temporary exhibitions, either in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Experience of developing and delivering exhibitions, either of historic material or with contemporary artists
  • An undergraduate degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies or equivalent programme


We are committed to improving diversity within our organisation and we welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented within the arts sector. 

Please state in your application that you found this role through Creative Access.

Years of experience

  • Entry

Salary range

  • £20,000 to £30,000 per year