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Public programme curator

Public programme curator

locationCompton GU3, UK
ExpiresExpires: 27/06/2022
Event Management / Curation
Permanent position
£20,000 to £30,000 per year

Salary: £16,200 - £18,000 (£27,000 – £30,000 pa full time equivalent)

Closing date for applications: 5pm Monday 27th June 2022

Term: part time for 3 days per week (22.5 hours)


If you are passionate about engaging broad audiences and supporting access to art for all, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for a Public Programme Curator to join our Learning and Engagement at Watts Gallery – Artists Village.

You will lead on programming across three key areas:  Watts Gallery Artist in Residence, Watts On Talks, Workshops and Events and Creative Activities for All. You should be confident in organising and delivering varied programmes and events and have experience of working with adult learners in a museum, gallery or cultural heritage setting. In return we can offer you an inspiring work setting, opportunities for flexible and supportive ways of working, family and friends’ tickets as well as discounts in our shop and tea shop.



The Public Programme Curator is responsible for three key areas of programming:


Watts Gallery artist-in-residence

  • Recruiting for, supporting and strategically developing our Artist in Residence programme.
  • Ensuring excellent communication with all departments involved in the organisation and promotion of activities and residencies to ensure smooth running.
  • Presenting the programme and sharing information in written reports, presentations, publicity material and across social media.


'Watts on' programme of talks, workshops and events

  • Devising, delivering and strategically building a cross-disciplinary revenue generating programme of onsite and online talks, workshops, events and activities for adults to explore Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village; our collection, exhibitions, site and story.
  • Ongoing research, development and management of partnerships with key external stakeholders (partner organisations, artists and experts) to support the delivery, development and reach of the programme, seeking to include many voices and create new opportunities to engage new audiences.
  • Participating in organisation-wide programming meetings to collaboratively develop a dynamic, aligned seasonal programme to maximise opportunities for visitor engagement across the site and beyond.
  • Oversee the logistical delivery of the programme, with the support of the Learning Coordinator, colleagues and volunteers as required.
  • Conducting and contributing to evaluation of programmed activity.


Creative activities for all to enjoy

  • Developing and contributing to department-wide ambitions of offering consistent and sustainable, daily activities for all visitors to enhance their visit to Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village (drop-in activities, talks etc.)


Across all areas of programming

  • Ensure participant experiences are of the highest quality and that all programming meets or exceeds income expectations
  • Ensuring safety management is a key consideration and that risk assessments and appropriate safeguarding policies and checks are implemented
  • Actively engaging with the wider Learning & Engagement team, including collaborative planning, representing the team at meetings and covering rotas for holidays as required including occasional evening and weekend working, taking Time Off In Lieu as required
  • Effectively managing programme budgets and regular reporting
  • Keep up to date with Museum and Gallery Learning best practice, seek out and attend relevant training
  • Supporting the Head of Learning & Engagement as required


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Experience of working with adult learners in a museum, gallery or cultural heritage setting.
  • Experience of organising and delivering events.
  • Proven ability to initiate innovative and varied programmes, opportunities and experiences for adult learners.
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully generating income from public event programming or similar, of managing budgets and working to income targets.
  • Experience of working with a broad range of stakeholders and partners.
  • Familiarity with evaluation methods and commitment to embed best practice.
  • A demonstrable interest in and knowledge of Fine Art, Craft, Design, Architecture and contemporary cultural topics.
  • An understanding of and interest in exploring different formats, possibilities and modes of delivering Public Programme events and activities.
  • Personable with a proven ability to work collaboratively across departments and stakeholders.
  • Tactful and assertive, with the ability to communicate confidently at all levels.
  • Confident in managing budgets and developing and delivering clear plans to meet or exceed income targets.
  • Highly self-motivated.
  • Highly practical and well organised.
  • Able to present information, verbally and in writing, in a clear and concise manner, with excellent attention to detail and ability to differentiate for a range of audiences.
  • Positive, with a ‘can do’ attitude and willingness to support others where needed.
  • Ability to problem solve, prioritise effectively and self-manage workload.
  • Flexible and adaptable with the ability to anticipate requirements and plan effectively.
  • Resilient under pressure.


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

  • Mid-Level

Salary range

  • £20,000 to £30,000 per year