Curators are responsible for assembling, cataloguing, managing and presenting/displaying artistic and cultural collections. Curators are in charge of a collection of exhibits in a museum or art gallery.
Their job is to build up collections, often in specialist areas. Curators develop ways in which objects, archives and artworks can be interpreted, through exhibitions, publications, events and audio-visual presentations. Their work involves buying exhibits, organizing exhibitions, arranging restoration of artifacts, identifying and recording items, organizing loans and dealing with enquiries.
Employers of curators
- Heritage centres
- developing and organising new collections to expand and improve educational and research facilities
- extensively researching, negotiating prices on and buying items such as sculptures, statues and paintings that can add value to the collection
- maintaining records and cataloguing acquisitions
- researching, compiling and preparing written information about catalogues and publishing it on the institution’s website
- collaborating with other institutions
- ensuring that collections are properly preserved
- raising funds and grants
- interviewing, hiring and training staff.
This area of work is open to graduates of all disciplines, but particularly relevant subjects include:
- art history
- arts administration
- event/exhibition management
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to organize, present and communicate messages effectively through design
- Excellent project management and organizational skills
- Knowledge of fundraising for cultural projects
- Knowledge of working with museum databases and IT issues
- Good team-working skills
- Excellent research and IT skills