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Senior Registrar & Collection Manager, Blue Chip Gallery

Posted: 06.09.2023
Contract Type: Full-time
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Europe, Paris
Tenure: Permanent
Job description:

We are recruiting for a Senior Registrar and Collections Manager to join the team at a Blue Chip Gallery in Paris.

This role acts as the primary registrar for the Paris gallery, coordinating movements for the viewing rooms, exhibition programme and post-sale shipments.

Responsibilities include:

  • Co-ordinate logistical movement of artworks and their installation in the gallery, and in the viewing room.
  • Manage hangs – schedule, oversee installations.
  • Monitor shipping, storage and installation costs incurred.
  • Manage the artwork stock in the Paris storage facilities, negotiate rates and undertake yearly inventory.
  • Develop and maintain a relationship with French storage facilities in order to maintain working knowledge of installation and movement of works in Paris as well as technical staff.
  • Maintain regular communication with London Registrar team regarding cost effective shipments from London.
  • Assist the Secondary Market team with logistics and organising Conservator Reports.
  • Ensure all condition reports are updated and saved on the inventory.
  • Manage the Junior Registrar and a team of freelance technicians.
  • Act as point of contact for clients post sale.
  • Ensure accurate instruction is given with regards to handling, installation, care and maintenance of artworks.
  • Manage French TA account.
  • Ensure correct invoicing status for works under French TA, Bond or other Customs restrictions.
  • Obtain all relevant documentation for movements of artworks once collected.
  • Work with Technical department to arrange the installation of artworks at clients’ premises. Artist Studios & Consignments
  • Co-ordinate local and international transport of new artworks from Artists’ studios for consignment/ art fairs/exhibitions.
  • Liaise with Legal Advisors and SL/ALs to organise third party consignment agreements.
  • Manage Artists’ inventory; undertake regular reports of on and off-site storage.
  • Liaise with the Exhibitions department to organise shipping schedules and deadlines.
  • Work with Fabrication to advise on issues from logistics perspective.

Person Specification 

  • Significant Registrar experience across both primary and secondary market.
  • Developed understanding and experience with logistics, customs, tax and shipping protocols in France.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Experience of working autonomously as well as within a team.
  • Excellent time management and prioritisation skills.
  • Strong attention to detail even when working to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders across various departments/management levels.