D.R.A.W. Recruitment

Researcher/Archivist, Art Gallery

Details

Contract Type: Full-time
Job Type: Permanent
Pay: Dependent on experience
Location: London, UK
Tenure: Permanent
Job description:

An internationally renowned gallery, specialising in post-war art and contemporary art, in both the primary and secondary markets is looking for a Researcher/ Archivist to join their team.

The Researcher and Archivist is responsible for obtaining details and images for all incoming artworks, undertaking thorough research on date, medium, edition information, dimensions, provenance, exhibition history, and literature. The Researcher and Archivist is responsible for maintaining a comprehensive and up-to-date image and data archive on the server, ArtBase and ArtBinder.

Job duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct relevant research on provenance, exhibition histories, historical references and literature for incoming works as well as works in London inventory
  • Write artwork notes
  • Writing press releases and exhibition related text for London exhibitions
  • Maintain accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date object records in ArtBase and ArtBinder
  • Support Sales effort by researching auction records and prices for comparable works
  • Coordinate condition reports for London inventory and London-run art fairs and exhibitions
  • Inspect works when they arrive at the gallery and complete in-house condition reports; take photographs; and affix labels
  • Work closely with the Digital Archivist to maintain a comprehensive, up-to-date archive of digital, video and print images and to optimize digital image files
  • Coordinate photography for London inventory
  • Create print and digital fact sheets, color images and condition reports
  • Update artist archive with images from off-site exhibitions (secure images from other galleries and institutions)
  • Create and maintain naming conventions and file structures for server file directory and physical files
  • Manage gallery library and purchase books as needed
  • Conduct research for incoming works, as requested by the sales staff
  • Conduct research for exhibition loans, publications, usage rights
  • Prepare proposals for exhibitions, loans, and artist representation
  • Maintain and update artist bios and curricula vitae
  • Create files and gather materials for art fairs (books, office supplies, ArtBinder)

Personal qualities:

  • Clear oral and written communication skills
  • Passionate about the art world
  • Inspires teamwork and cooperation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • Consistency and reliability
  • Models a professional way of working
  • Detail-oriented and capable of prioritizing and executing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment

BA and/or MA in Art History or Library Sciences with a focus on twentieth century to contemporary art. Considerable experience in a library, archive, foundation, gallery or museum. Understands “best practices” in archive management. Computer skills: MS Office Suite, ArtBase or another CRM database.

Must be available for gallery installations, openings and other events as needed, which may take place over weekends or fall outside normal gallery hours, and may include travel.