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Curator, Exhibitions (ArtScience Museum)

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Marina Bay Sands
Categories: Museum

 

BACKGROUND

ArtScience Museum is the cultural institution in Singapore that explores the intersection between art, science, technology and culture. It is the cultural component of Marina Bay Sands integrated resort.  Since opening in February 2011, ArtScience Museum has staged large-scale exhibitions by some of the world’s best-known artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh and M.C. Escher.  In addition, we have presented significant exhibitions that explore aspects of science, such as Big Data, paleontology, marine biology, space exploration and quantum physics.

The museum presents exhibitions and programmes on art and science using a combination of intellectual discussion, education, innovative exhibition design and interactive content.   Featuring 21 gallery spaces totaling nearly 5000m2, the lotus-inspired building has played host to major international touring exhibitions from renowned museums and galleries, including The British Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum in London; the American Museum of Natural History, New York; Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and many others.  We also originate and produce exhibitions in-house and run a full programme of education, events, activities and learning opportunities for a wide range of audiences.

 

JOB SCOPE

Summary of Job Responsibilities

The Exhibitions team at ArtScience Museum realises an ambitious programme of temporary and permanent exhibitions and artist commissions, including the production of exhibition guides and publications to accompany these events and reaches an audience of over 500,000 visitors annually.

The post holder will work closely with the Director, Programmes, Exhibitions and Museum Services (PEMS) and the Senior Manager, Exhibitions to develop a dynamic programme of exhibitions and publications that enhances the museum profile and increases audience engagement. The post holder will work with colleagues on the curatorial research, conceptualisation, preparation and practical delivery of ArtScience Museum exhibitions, research, critical writing and editing.

 

Job Responsibilities

General

  • To research and conceive relevant, appropriate and engaging exhibitions in art, science and the intersections, that reflect the ambitions and vision of ArtScience Museum, Singapore
  • Research and write engaging and meaningful critical texts for publication where applicable
  • Compile information for labels and text panels, write interpretative material for the season guide, website and exhibition where applicable
  • Collate and copyedit texts; research, request, store and return images and obtain copyright permissions for use in publications and communication materials
  • Work with contractors, registrars, couriers etc., to execute the installation and de-installation of exhibitions
  • Draft contracts for partner organisations, artists, curators and authors in consultation with Marina Bay Sands Legal advisors
  • With support from the Director, PEMS liaise with arts institutions, artists and their representatives as appropriate
  • Research loans and liaise with the Director, PEMS and the Senior Manager, Exhibitions on the preparation of loan documentation, administration of loan requests and ensure loan conditions are met
  • Work with the Registrar and Assistant Registrar to facilitate condition and packing reports to museum standards, keeping records of movement and conditions of works and liaise with the Conservator and couriers when necessary
  • Liaise with all ArtScience Museum departments and colleagues including Public Programmes, Marketing and Communications and Museum Services as necessary to facilitate clear communication and delivery of projects
  • Monitor and maintain budgets for specific exhibitions and exhibition-related publications – including obtaining estimates, raising orders, processing invoices, maintaining digital and physical budget files, and with the support of the Exhibitions Administrator and Senior Administrator of the museum
  • Maintain files and correspondence as well as archiving past exhibition files
  • Arrange accommodation, travel and per diems for visiting artists, couriers etc.
  • Compile exhibition event guest lists in collaboration with Director, Exhibitions and/or Senior Project Manager
  • Deal with enquiries and maintain databases
  • Assist with ArtScience Museum events where appropriate
  • Any other duties appropriate to the role as requested by the Director, PEMS

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

1. Education & Certification

  • A postgraduate qualification in curating, museology or art history, science education or a related field.

2. Experience

Essential

  • Minimum of four years’ experience of curating in a museum or gallery and an exceptional track record of making engaging exhibition content for the general public from conceptualization to delivery as well as publications and collaterals
  • Focus on art and/or Science research
  • Excellent English language writing and editing experience
  • Excellent organisation skills and impeccable attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills and accuracy in written communication
  • Good negotiation skills and the ability to handle sensitive situations with diplomacy
  • Proven experience in project management
  • Experience working directly with artists
  • A good knowledge of current debates in the art, science or art-science arenas
  • Good proven computer skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently, in an often pressured environment and fast-paced work environment

Desirable

  • Experience of working with artists’ and writers’ commissions and of working in co-curatorial partnerships
  • Experience of publishing in print and/or online

3. Competencies

  • The ability to work under pressure and handle challenging situations
  • Be able to make decisions and accept responsibility
  • A team player with good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent management and negotiation skills
  • Able to multitask efficiently, manage and organise workload with a focus on positive outcomes and solutions
  • Pro-active and self-motivated

You agree that it is a condition of employment that you adhere to and abide by all rules, regulations, policies and procedures including without limitation the rules of conduct of the Company.

It is the Company’s preference to hire individuals who are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated but have:

  • Begun the vaccination process and are awaiting the 2nd/3rd vaccination appointment, or are within the 14 day period prior to being classified as fully vaccinated; or
  • Are certified to be medically ineligible for vaccination against COVID-19 by a medical professional;

Please present proof of the above. Your understanding and support is much appreciated.

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