Museum/Gallery Exhibition Officer

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    Museum/gallery exhibition officers are responsible for planning and organizing permanent or travelling exhibitions, publicity events and promotional activities such as talks and workshops.

     

    Employers of exhibition officers

    • Public sector organizations
    • Local authorities
    • Museums
    • Galleries
    • Archaeological units
    • Universities
    • Private collectors
    • Independent museums and galleries

     

    Duties

    • plan programmes of special and permanent exhibitions according to visitor needs, alongside the curator
    • source exhibits, research artists and select work
    • secure loans for exhibitions from chosen artists
    • work with curators to plan a long-term strategy for exhibitions
    • write draft proposals to attract new projects and assess tenders
    • coordinate liaisons between subject specialists and designers
    • create and monitor production and installation schedules for exhibitions
    • assist with installation, including the packing, loading, hanging and framing of exhibits
    • draw up and manage exhibition budgets and fundraise for projects
    • negotiate and agree conditions of loans with lenders
    • arrange transport, insurance and security for exhibitions
    • work with other staff, such as lenders, conservators, archivists and technicians, on the promotion and interpretation of exhibitions
    • write or comment on story boards and labels
    • contribute to programmes of events that aim to encourage broader audiences, including educational events
    • get involved in media work such as talking to art critics
    • assist with the production and launch of exhibition catalogues, publicity material and displays
    • work with schools and local community groups
    • contribute to museum/gallery development, especially in the area of visitor services.

     

    Qualifications

    This area of work is open to all graduates. However, if you want to specialize in a particular area, it may help to have a relevant degree, such as:

    • archaeology
    • archive and museum studies
    • art conservation
    • education
    • fashion and textile design
    • fine art/visual art
    • history
    • history of art
    • media studies
    • spatial design.

     

    Skills

    • Team-working skills
    • Time and project management skills
    • Organizational skills
    • Communication skills
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Genuine interest in art and culture
    • Administrative skills
    • IT skills.

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