We are looking for an Assistant Curator to join our Visual Arts department in the Hayward Gallery Exhibition team on a full-time, permanent basis.
Southbank Centre is Europe’s largest arts centre and one of the UK’s top five visitor attractions, occupying an 11-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as being home to the National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. It is also home to six Resident Orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Orchestra).
Our Artistic Mission
Southbank Centre exists to provide great artistic experiences for everyone. Through art, we invite our visitors to enjoy shared cultural encounters together. To gaze. To listen. To be moved. To discover a new idea or a new perspective. We are proud that for the last 70 years, the performances and exhibitions here have moved millions. We have provided a home for art and for artists. A community centred on art, where everyone, no matter their job, helps make the experience.
This role will assist the Hayward Gallery Curators with the planning, development and delivery of exhibitions and other projects within the Hayward Gallery programme. The role will have a range of responsibilities, including; managing projects, working with external curators, providing administrative and coordination support.
Please review the job description for the full list of role responsibilities and person specification
As well as working at one of London’s most popular and engaging sites the successful candidate will also benefit from the following:
- a min 5% pension contribution (going up to 8% depending on employee contribution)
- 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
- Hybrid working model (3 days office working, 2 days from home)
- Enhanced sick pay
- Enhanced family leave benefits
- Discount at all onsite retail, food and beverage vendors
- Free staff tickets for SC events
- Free entry to Hayward Gallery
- Free/discounted entry to other institutes such as the Tate
- Free staff yoga
We welcome applications from people from a Black, Asian or Ethnically Diverse background or those who are D/deaf or disabled. If you wish to discuss reasonable adjustments such as a BSL interpreter for your interview for this role please indicate this on your application form. Interviews will take place at Southbank Centre. If you would like to speak to someone about any adjustments or concerns you can also email [email protected] and we will be in touch with you to make the necessary arrangements.
By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of backgrounds with diverse attitudes, opinions and beliefs we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things. SC is a warm and welcoming place to work, with great aspirations and ambitions to create great and accessible work for all. We pride ourselves in building a supportive environment to enable the development of our staff.
If you feel you have just some of the required skills and experience but meet the person specification, we would still encourage you to apply; we are very open to continuing the training and development of individuals who are self motivated to acquire new skills and knowledge relevant to the role.