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Visual Arts Assistant Curator

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Visual Arts Assistant Curator

Fixed-term Employment Contract (14 hours per week) initially for 6 months

June – December 2019

£22,000 p.a. (pro-rata) based from Forth Valley Royal Hospital with travel to other sites as necessary,

Willingness to work evenings and weekends as required

Deadline for submission: 12 noon on 7th May 2019

This role is a unique opportunity for a current student or recent graduate of the School of Arts within the University of Stirling to take a practical and creative role in supporting the delivery of a cultural programme managed by Artlink Central within NHS Forth Valley, based from Forth Valley Royal Hospital, with support and mentoring from the University of Stirling Art Collection. We seek someone who brings an interest and passion for the role of visual arts and design for wellbeing and in enriching the cultural offer of the hospital for patients, staff and visitors

Artlink Central are contracted to deliver the Arts and Wellbeing Strategy for NHS Forth Valley. The vision is to create an innovative, enjoyable, and stimulating arts and well-being programme which is embedded into the ethos of NHS Forth Valley. All artforms and approaches to artmaking will be embraced.

The programme will evolve and grow through strong partnerships both within NHS Forth Valley (patients, staff and visitors) and beyond including our local authority partners,

relevant organisations and institutions.

This vision is realised by creating:

• temporary programmes of exhibitions and events;

• integrated public art that enhances chosen spaces;

• community learning and development that helps to improve arts, health and well-being.

Supported by the University of Stirling Art Collection with mentoring and informal support, the role will be based within Artlink Central’s creative team, contributing to the Arts and Wellbeing Strategy of NHS FV offering unique learning opportunities for early career curation and exhibitions work.

The Visual Arts Assistant’s Role

This is an opportunity to work with the Art collection curators at the University of Strirling who will mentor the Visual Arts Assistant in implementing and managing the arts exhibits and collections at Forth Valley Royal in Larbert and to a lesser extent in other community and satellite hospitals and settings. The position will be managed by the Arts Coordinator for the Arts Strategy in NHS Forth Valley and Director of Artlink Central. The Visual Arts Assistant Curator will participate in conceptualizing exhibitions, researching art work, and providing support for departments requesting art. This is an ideal opportunity to train with the preferred arts provider of NHS Forth Valley, Artlink Central, and the curators at the University of Stirling Arts Collection, to learn the skills of an exhibitions curator and programmer.

. For example, duties will include the sourcing and maintenance of exhibits including cleaning, repairs, collecting, installing, organizing, evaluating, and cataloguing arts and collectibles.

The Visual Arts Assistant Curator will learn critical aspects required for the position and understand the role art plays in providing support to patients, staff and the public. The Visual Arts Assistant Curator will support arts commissioning and loans (as applicable), while fostering relationships with donors and other supporters of the hospital. On an as needed basis, the Visual Arts Assistant will be offered the opportunity to undertake r an outreach for the art program including instructional activities, educational and public services programs.

The functions listed below are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification (Art Curator). The ability to learn and an interest in fulfilling this role with the willingness to work with Artlink Central and the curators at the University of Stirling Art Collection are essential for this post. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. The Visual Arts Assistant Curator may also perform other duties as assigned.

• Records and catalogue all artwork and items in the collections, including researching objects for the purpose of identification and authentication. Researches, writes, and develops production of related publications, including catalogues and wall texts.

• Coordinates the conceptualizing, planning and installation of exhibitions. Ensures that the art collections are properly installed, interpreted, and documented to enhance viewing experience and appreciation.

• Makes recommendations for art works and collections for acquisition.

• Support in agreeing contracts and works with various vendors for all types of art installations (including electronic, visual, and kinetic installations).

• Utilizes scholarly background and expertise interpreting the collections in the preparation of exhibitions, publications, and online/digital resources. Creates labels, signage and interpretive material for the art and exhibits.

• Supports the work of the Arts Steering Groups for specific areas as it relates to art including but not limited to scheduling of the meetings, pre-meetings, minutes and its distribution.

• Support writing of grant proposals and helps prepare grant applications and reports.

• Ensures adequate care of the objects, this includes objects in any of the gardens.

• Works with the various departments on any displays in the Public Spaces. Interacts closely with other departments including communications.

• Creates and strengthens educational and interpretational materials and curricula, building relationships with the community.

• Oversees the storage of art and exhibition materials ensuring the safety and security of the art.

• Develops and maintains the art database including but not limited to the replacement value of the items

• Oversees the coordination of the framing and installation of any art

• Ensures adherence to guidelines developed for the art.

• Responds to queries concerning the arts programme.

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

• Undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Stirling

• Evidence of related work experience

Person Specification

• Have some knowledge of the arts, artistic forms and artistic methods

• The ability and intention to learn quickly the skills required to fulfil the post

• An interest in arts, health and wellbeing.

• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

• Ability to prioritize work by making informed judgments and to developing solutions

• Works effectively, with support, in a complex organization.

• Communicates and persuades effectively with executive and broad, front line audiences through storytelling, data visualization and analytics

• Organized and able to master and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously

• Excellent computer skills.

The Visual Arts Assistant will abide by all policies and standards including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient’s rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with clinical and operational standards, and licensure and health screenings.

The Visual Arts Assistant must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

Submission requirements

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity please provide:

- An outline of what interests you about this project and a summary of the skills and

experience that you would bring to the position.

- CV

-Contact details of two referees

Submissions to be sent in electronic format to Robin Anderson

Deadline for submission: 12 noon on 7th May

To discuss your application informally or to find out more please call Kevin Harrison or

Robin Anderson at Artlink Central on 01786 450971 .

We would encourage applicants to speak to us in advance of applying. You will be notified within 2 days of closing on the receipt of your submission. If you do not receive notification please contact Robin on 01786 450971 to ensure your application has been received.