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Technician, Global Contemporary Gallery

Posted: 17.05.2024
Contract Type: Full-time
Job Type: Permanent
Pay: $60k-$70k p.a. + overtime and bonus
Location: New York, NY, USA
Tenure: Permanent
Job description:

Our client, a global contemporary gallery is seeking a Technician for their New York space. The role of New York Technician will report to the Senior Technician and under his / her guidance is responsible for the handling, packing, condition checking and installation of art works of varied media at the gallery, client houses and, where appropriate, art fairs. The role is a full-time position; however, overtime will be required during installation periods.

Key priorities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Handling and installing artworks, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, design objects and digital media.
  • Prepare art works for exhibitions, art fairs, photography, outgoing loans and viewing rooms.
  • Cataloguing artwork into gallery database, ensuring the database is kept up to date and accurate.
  • Conduct condition checks for various types of artwork: identifying, noting, and documenting conditions with appropriate language and imagery.
  • Assist the Registrar team in recording collections and deliveries of artworks on and offsite, ensuring locations are updated on the database.
  • Packing and condition checking artworks for local and international shipping.
  • Assist the Facilities Manager with general gallery upkeep and maintenance of the gallery and viewing rooms.
  • Offsite support for client services, site visits, photography, and art fairs.
  • Maintain and organise storage rooms at the gallery as well as offsite locations.
  • Organise tool and supply areas ensuring a steady stock.
  • Assist with annual inventories of artworks in the gallery and at local storage locations.
  • Complete any other ad hoc tasks and projects as necessary.

Key skills/highly desirable attributes include:

  • Several years experience in art handling in a gallery, auction house, artist, or museum setting including shipping, handling, packing and storage.
  • Knowledge of best practices and materials for handling and packing art work.
  • Must have a diverse understanding of different mediums and materials and experience installing a wide range of artworks, including large sculpture, media- based artworks, etc.
  • Ability to manage a personal busy workload and keep calm when under pressure.
  • Proactive attitude with a willingness to learn.
  • Proven problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to be an ambassador for gallery.
  • Ability to work creatively, effectively and efficiently independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to lift and move heavy objects as required.
  • Experience working with databases and condition checking software.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Attention to detail.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Applicant must be flexible and available to work outside of designated workdays on an as-needed basis. Ability to travel on occasion.