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Expired Vacancy
Assistant Collections Manager (for Works on Paper) 6 months

Royal Academy of Arts
   Location: London
   Salary: £15,000 per annum (£25,000 pro rata)
Experience: Junior to Mid-Level, previous experience required
Deadline: 26 January 2018

Please note that this vacancy has expired and you can no longer apply.

About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions and our vision is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. It is a particularly exciting time in our history. We have embarked upon a series of major investments that will transform our physical and digital infrastructure and our public offer, to be delivered in time for our 250th anniversary next year. An ambitious ‘Masterplan’ by David Chipperfield RA will redevelop our 2.5-acre campus in Mayfair, uniting our two buildings and providing refurbished galleries for the display of art and architecture, a state-of-the-art auditorium, a new learning centre and a dedicated Collections gallery in Burlington Gardens, and enabling greater public visibility of the art school at the heart of the Academy.

About this position

The Royal Academy collection of about 30,000 works on paper consists of prints, drawings, sketchbooks and architectural drawings. The majority is by, or related to, the c700 Royal Academicians from 1768 to the present day. There is also a large collection of prints from the 17th century and other items that were  used for teaching in the RA Schools. Most of the collection is stored in plan chests and solander boxes in Burlington House. Some works, particularly those in historic frames or oversized, are stored off site. The solander boxes are stored in high cupboards with access from a step ladder. Some are quite heavy.

Parts of the works on paper collection have been audited, but there is much still to do. Storage needs to be improved by rehousing  and relocating some items. Auditing and improving storage will be the key tasks for this temporary post, along with day to day management of the works on paper collection to free up the permanent collection manager to contribute to the RA’s new collection displays that open in mid-2018.

Main Duties

  • Auditing contents of Print Room
  • Rehousing works on paper within Print Room to make better use of available space
  • Establishing a strategy for the best use of space for works on paper in the Print Room
  • Making works on paper available for Curators, Scholars visiting the Print Room, internal groups etc.
  • Contributing to the Photography and Digitisation programmes by liaising with other Collections staff and making objects available
  • Invigilating photographic shoots
  • Maintaining the conservation programme as directed by the Curators, booking out
  • Assisting the Collections Manager for Works on Paper in preparing object for display
  • Ensure all loans are conserved where necessary, mounted and framed ready for collection, and liaise with Registrars on all aspects relating to agreed loans
  • Acting as courier when necessary, including transporting objects to photographic studios
  • Log all movements of works of art on the Collections Database
  • Record new acquisitions on Collections Database
  • Ensure all conservation reports and treatments are appropriately recorded
  • Attend Collections Meetings

About you

  • You will have previous experience of safe handling of historic works on paper following standard museum procedures, within a museum, gallery or private collection. You will have experience of good storage procedures and preventive conservation.
  • You will have previous experience of using a collection database and an extremely high level of attention to detail and accuracy in recording information.
  • You will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication and skills, a high degree of self-organisation and an adaptable approach to work; happy to work as part of a team and alone.
  • You will demonstrate a genuine interest and knowledge in British art and understanding of the Royal Academy of Arts.

The benefits we offer

  • A very generous pension, contributing up to 10% of your salary into a defined contribution scheme
  • In addition to 25 days’ holiday and 8 days’ bank holiday each year, we close between Christmas Eve and New Year, allowing staff additional paid leave
  • Staff are encouraged to attend free History of Art and life drawing classes on site
  • We also have a staff choir, running club and craft club
  • Best of all, we have reciprocal agreements with many leading museums and art galleries in London and New York that enable you to enter for free with your staff pass.

Please be advised this is a 6 month fixed term contract.


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