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International Project Frame Conservator

  • Organisation:National Portrait Gallery
  • Location:London, England
  • Salary:£32,705 Pro Rata
  • Contract type:Fixed Term Contract / Part Time

This unique and highly rewarding role offers the opportunity to courier the National Portrait Gallery’s collection internationally. The successful candidate will prepare historic picture frames for loan; oversee the packing and transit of the collection; accompany art works by air and road; and work collaboratively with partner venues during installations and de-installations.

Your conservation specialism will be picture frames. We are looking for enthusiastic degree educated candidates with a recognised post-graduate qualification in the conservation of frames or previous experience in frame conservation within a gallery or museum setting. A familiarity with conservation of other media including paintings and paper is desirable to ensure that the post holder is able to work effectively across a range of conservation disciplines. Given that the role involves international couriering of artwork, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to work both independently, and with teams at partner venues.

The successful candidate will have the ability to be flexible in their working arrangements, particularly during the first six months of the role when their part time working pattern will be compressed into concentrated periods working overseas.

Excellent organisational and planning skills are vital to this role as you will need to manage project schedules and conflicting deadlines for a range of international exhibitions. Candidates will need to have good working knowledge of a range of software including Microsoft Office, digital photography and image management databases. A thorough understanding of COSHH and Healthy and Safety guidelines is also fundamental.

Further information about the role as well as details of how to apply can be found via the downloadable job description below. Click on the ‘find out more’ below to be taken to the National Portrait Gallery website.

Closing date for returned applications is 9:00am on Thursday 6 October 2022. 

Interviews will take place in person on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 October 2022. Please indicate on your form if you will be unable to make these dates.

We are committed to the employment and development of disabled people. We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for this post. To be invited to interview/assessment, you must show in your supporting statement that you meet the minimum criteria for the role, across all essential criteria. If you tell us that you have a disability we can make reasonable adjustments at interview, and, if you join us, to your work arrangements.

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