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Temporary curatorial assistant

Temporary curatorial assistant

companyKettle's Yard
locationCambridge, UK
ExpiresExpires: 14/07/2022
Fixed term contract
£20,000 to £30,000 per year

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 13th July 

Salary: £23,487 - £27,116

Interviews: Tuesday 26th July


Do you have hands-on experience supporting exhibition planning including undertaking research, coordinating events, drafting texts and general collections administration in a museum or gallery environment?

Kettle's Yard is looking for a temporary Curatorial Assistant to support their ambitious exhibition programme and ongoing development of the House and permanent collection.

The successful candidate will particularly support the upcoming exhibitions: 'Paint like the Swallow sings Calypso', 'Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery' and 'Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery', as well as ongoing programmes relating to the House and permanent collections.



Exhibition Support

  • To assist with the organisation and delivery of Kettle’s Yard’s forthcoming exhibitions: 12 November 2022 to 19 February 2023 - Paint like the Swallow sings Calypso; 4 March to 25 June 2023 - Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery; 8 July to 29 October 2023 - Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery
  • Working alongside different members of the team, undertaking a wide range of organisational and curatorial tasks, including research, exhibitions administration, and assisting with organising and managing exhibition related events.

Kettle’s Yard House and permanent collection

  • To assist with day-to-day tasks related to the administration of the House and collection, including loans administration, co-ordinating conservation work, and updating collection databases
  • Assisting with the organisation of House and collection programmes and projects as part of New Perspectives – a long-term, cross organisational platform and programme which represents our commitment to making the House and collection as relevant and accessible to as many people as possible.

Publication Support

  • To assist with the production of the Lucie Rie book (publication date – February 2023) including photographic and copyright research and assisting with co-ordinating new photography.

Other tasks

  • To seek to uphold kettle’s Yard’s Values and contribute, as appropriate, to organisational policies and plans including: financial resilience, anti -racism, inclusion and environmental sustainability


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Some experience of working for a museum, gallery or collection in a curatorial related role is required
  • Demonstrable project management and experience working in busy public facing environments
  • Experience managing multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Direct hands-on experience of handling relevant works of art/objects, and working with artists and other creative practitioners
  • Project management, organisational and coordination skills
  • Strong literacy skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise
  • Strong digital skills, notably in relation to databases
  • Ability to communicate with and liaise confidently and clearly with a wide range of stakeholders
  • A high education qualification
  • A working knowledge of modern and contemporary art

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.

Fields of study

  • Visual arts / Design

Years of experience

  • Entry

Salary range

  • £20,000 to £30,000 per year