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Head of national touring exhibitions

Head of national touring exhibitions

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 25/06/2022
Event Management / Curation
Permanent position
£51,000 to £60,000 per year

Closing date for applications: 24th June at 11.59pm

Salary: £57,500


The National Gallery are looking for a talented candidate to head up its National Touring Exhibitions team. 

In this role you will be responsible for overall management and delivery of the national touring exhibition programme, this role will work closely with key external stakeholders including DCMS, ACE and museums and galleries across the UK. Reporting to the Head of Exhibitions, the post-holder will have direct line management of two Exhibitions Managers, plus temporary project delivery staff, and proven people management skills are essential.



Planning & delivery

  • Responsible for the scheduling, programme management and successful delivery of the national touring exhibitions programme, from point of projects being agreed through to de-brief and final reporting.
  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with ACE, DCMS, museums, galleries and other organisations across the UK and act as a key point of contact for colleagues from across the sector
  • Set the Agenda for exhibition partnership, project and de-brief meetings with internal and external colleagues, ensuring they are effective and action-driven
  • In collaboration with Gallery colleagues, review and develop project evaluation, ensuring consistent and measurable evaluation of all exhibitions in line with the Gallery’s strategic objectives and national evaluation framework
  • Work collaboratively with other Heads of Department to ensure the programme is communicated clearly, is co-ordinated across teams, and effectively contributes to the Gallery’s strategic objectives
  • Oversee all partnership contracts across the national touring exhibition programme and ensure contractual fulfilment across all projects
  • Maintain excellent knowledge and awareness of the national touring sector, including government policies, reports, and initiatives
  • Contribute to the creative development of high quality national touring exhibition projects to ensure that exhibitions are in line with the Gallery’s strategic aims as well as with sector needs and ambitions, including the generation of new ideas and business models, analysis of budget implications, practical feasibility and risk
  • Review and develop departmental and Gallery processes for the national touring exhibitions in line with Gallery procedures and policies, DCMS, ACE and other statutory requirements


Finance & risk

  • Prepare accurate, detailed budgets for agreed exhibitions contributing to overall business plans for national touring exhibitions
  • Ensure budgets are effectively managed and monitored throughout the lifecycle of each project, maintaining an overview across the national touring programme, forecasting, adjusting and reporting regularly to the HofE
  • Ensure the active and effective safeguarding of the Collection and works of art in the Gallery’s care at all times throughout the duration of projects
  • Ensure the active and effective management of risk for each project, maintaining an overview across the across the national touring programme and regularly reporting to the HofE


Management & Leadership

  • Act as a lead advocate for the national touring exhibition programme, internally and externally with a wide range of national colleagues
  • Lead and motivate the national touring exhibitions team, providing advice and guidance as necessary and ensuring their continual development
  • Line manage the Exhibition Managers (National Touring), including setting and reviewing objectives in accordance with the Gallery’s performance management process


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Level 4 qualification (HNC) or above in a relevant subject, e.g. Audio Visual, Creative Media Production, etc.
  • Proven academic and/or professional competency in a relevant discipline
  • In-depth knowledge of the national arts sector with a proven existing network of appropriate contacts across a range of organisations

  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships at with a variety of stakeholders

  • Ability to respond effectively to the needs of the sector, continuously developing projects and ideas

  • Proven communication and interpersonal skills necessary in dealing with a wide range of people at varying levels within the Gallery and across the UK

  • Proven ability in the successful project and loan management of complex touring exhibitions involving multiple stakeholders

  • Proven ability in the evaluation of projects and formation of evaluation frameworks

  • Proven ability with financial modelling and management of complex budgets

  • Proven ability to manage and lead teams

  • Positive, creative and people focussed
  • Proactive, with a high level of initiative whilst knowing when to escalate issues to senior management
  • Decisive and able to take responsibility for informed decisions
  • Diplomatic and able to resolve issues swiftly, calmly, and sensitively
  • Motivated and able to motivate others to achieve organisational goals
  • Able to retain focus on the bigger picture whilst understanding how details fit in and impact its successful achievement
  • Leads and manages with clarity and purpose
  • Demonstrable ability to act in ways that supports equality and values diversity, including treating all those you encounter with courtesy and respect irrespective of background



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.

Years of experience

  • Senior

Salary range

  • £51,000 to £60,000 per year