The John Barry Brown and Petronella Brown Fellowship
The National Gallery of Ireland (‘Gallery’) is Ireland’s major national cultural institution devoted to the collection and care of fine art. Comprising some 16,000 paintings, drawings, watercolours, miniatures, prints, sculpture and decorative arts, the institution’s extensive holdings include masterpieces by many of the most celebrated figures in the history of western European art. In addition, the Gallery houses the most representative collection of historic Irish art. Funded mainly by the State, the Gallery employs more than 140 staff and provides free access to the public 361 days a year. In 2021, the Gallery was a finalist in two categories of the Digital Media Awards – Best in Government & Not for Profit for ‘National Gallery at Home’, and Best Podcast.
The Gallery’s Fellowship Programme provides opportunities in various areas of its work such as: art history, conservation, education and library & archive studies. Fellows are appointed to undertake projects with a view to producing clearly defined deliverables in areas such as collection management and care; exhibition and public engagement; research and education. Fellows are assigned a mentor and offered access to the Gallery’s expertise, collections and research facilities.
The Gallery wishes to recruit a John Barry Brown and Petronella Brown – Curatorial Fellow on a fixed term contract for one year. The purpose of the role is to support and contribute to the programmes and individual activities of the Curatorial Department. Reporting to the Head Curator or nominated deputy the successful candidate will:
- Support the Head Curator with the development and preparation of several displays and exhibitions of Irish Art taking place in 2022 and 2023
- Coordinate the Zurich Portrait Prize competition in close collaboration with the Coordinator – Collections & Research
- Assist with the dissemination and display of the permanent collection
- Conduct research on works of art in the collection
- Update curatorial files – both in digital form and hard copy
- Write and edit texts for various purposes such as the website, intranet, press releases and display labels
- Take part in the Gallery’s public programme if required
- Respond to queries from the public, external specialists and arrange visits and viewings where appropriate
- Provide administrative support to the Head Curator and other staff in the Curatorial Department
- Complete other duties as required
The successful candidate will have:
- A third level qualification in Art History, preferably with a focus on Irish Art
- Demonstrated knowledge of the Gallery’s collections, history and exhibitions
- Strong research and analytical skills with excellent attention to detail
- Advanced writing skills
- Excellent IT and Digital Media skills
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- An ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
- Strong administrative skills coupled with an ability to meet deadlines while maintaining accuracy
- A positive attitude and proactive approach to work with a readiness to learn and develop a career in the arts
Note: This job description is a guide to broad areas of responsibility and accountability and should not be regarded as a comprehensive listing. The job description may be subject to review in the view of new structures and / or the changing needs of the Gallery. All employees are required to be compliant with NGI screening, security and Garda vetting procedures.
Candidates must be eligible to work in Ireland
Salary: Salary is fixed at €28,000 per annum (pro-rata) for the duration of the contract. Candidates should note the National Gallery of Ireland complies with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regulations and guidelines on Public Service pay and conditions of employment.
Duration: 1 year fixed term contract
Working hours: Full time, 5 days a week – 37 hours per week (net of breaks)
Closing date for receipt of applications: 24 May 2022
Interviews will be held week commencing: 13 June 2022
How to apply: Please upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Candidates should note that panels may be formed from which future positions may be filled.
The National Gallery of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer