Whitechapel Gallery Seeks Chief Curator

The Whitechapel Gallery in London is looking for a Chief Curator. For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Barbara Hepworth, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, and Frida Kahlo; to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Isa Genzken, Wilhelm Sasnel, and Thomas Struth.

Whitechapel Gallery. Photo by Gavin Jackson, 2009.

With ambitious exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, dining room, and bookshop the Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see.

The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape, and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.

The Chief Curator is a senior position working closely with the Director. The successful candidate will bring a strong curatorial vision and an engagement with new developments in art and visual culture around the world. They will help shape the future artistic programme, devise specific exhibitions, projects, and publications; and articulate, through public talks and writings, the ideas and issues that inform contemporary practice. They will also be engaged with 20th-century art history from a global perspective, curating occasional historical surveys. The Chief Curator will provide editorial guidance for Whitechapel Gallery interpretation, publicity texts, and publications.

The Chief Curator will have responsibility for the Exhibitions Department, working with the team on the realisation of projects with artists, lenders, and arts institutions. The post includes strategic and senior management responsibility for the organisation and delivery of the artistic programme, artistic liaison, production of catalogues, and limited editions.

The Chief Curator will work alongside all members of the exhibition team, internal departments, and with the professional art world to ensure an efficient running of the exhibitions programme. They will also contribute to enhancing the Whitechapel Gallery’s reputation as a centre for artistic excellence and intellectual rigour.

They will administer financial budgets, support fundraising approaches, be involved in advocacy, lead patrons’ tours, and contribute to the delivery of the Gallery’s MA programme in Curating and Commissioning Contemporary Art at the London Metropolitan University.

To download an application pack
[email protected]

Application deadline: 12pm, Monday 25 June 2012
Whitechapel Gallery
77–82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX

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