Job Vacancies

Current vacancies at the Government Art Collection are advertised here

Registrar (Temporary)

Salary: £33,107 – £38,618

Contract Type: Temporary, 6 months (March to September)

Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time

Hours: 37

Location: London

Government Art Collection
The GAC selects works of art for display in government buildings, including 10 Downing Street and British embassies worldwide. The role of the GAC is to promote British art and contribute to cultural diplomacy. Spanning six centuries and encompassing Tudor panel portraiture to contemporary works in diverse media, there are over 14,000 works of art in the Collection. The GAC is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The successful candidate will be joining at an exciting time as the Collection moves to new premises at the Old Admiralty Building in spring 2020 and opens a public viewing room for the first time in its history.

Role of Registrar
To be responsible for the management and administration of the day-to-day movement and transport of works of art in the Collection; inventory control; the acquisitions process and loans into the Collection and loans out to public exhibitions.

Key areas of responsibilities

  • Playing a central role in moving the GAC’s collection from storage into the Old Admiralty Building;
  • Arranging transport of works of art from the Collection into and out of working government buildings in the UK and abroad, including oversight of customs documentation and procedures;
  • Arranging transport and overseeing installation of displays for Ministers and Senior Civil Servants;
  • Organising transport to and from framers and conservators ensuring works are returned in time for display;
  • Updating locations and other information onto GAC database
  • Managing inventory control and annual audits for works of art at 365 locations
    Managing transport and installation budgets, in consultation with Head of Collection Care;
  • Maintaining paper and electronic files;
  • To act as the main point of contact for queries from display locations, providing advice on movement, care and use of works on loan;
  • Administering long-term loans into the Collection from public and private sources and from the Collection to museums and similar institutions, requiring operational knowledge of the Government Indemnity Scheme;
  • Administering loans from the Collection to public exhibitions in the UK and abroad, requiring knowledge and experience of other indemnity schemes and insurance needs. Negotiating with locations where requested works are on display and suggesting replacements for the withdrawn works;

Shared with other colleagues:

  • Meeting government ministers and senior civil servants, and briefing on care of collection objects;
  • Supervising installations and moves in UK and abroad;
  • Occasional guided tours to public and specialist groups at the GAC’s premises;
  • Reviewing GAC Collection Management policies and procedures as required

Essential Requirements
Extensive registrarial experience in a museum, art gallery or similar environment, including experience in documentation, loans management, transport in the UK and abroad and the conservation requirements of works of art, as well as experience in managing budgets.

A degree or equivalent in art history or similar subject, with additional relevant specialist museum/heritage qualifications.

Personal Qualities
A highly self-motivated, organised and pragmatic approach to work with excellent team working, interpersonal and communication skills. Working in a demanding political and international environment, this job also requires tact, diplomacy, lateral thinking and discretion.

The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines and budgets.

How to apply:
Please email or post your current CV and include a supporting statement explaining why you are applying for the post and how you meet the job requirements, based on the information in the job description, including essential requirements.

Your application form should be sent to or by post to James Morrison, Senior Collection Coordinator, Government Art Collection, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Room 4/29, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ

Closing date: Midnight 23 February 2020
Interview date: 2 March 2020

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