Assistant Curator - 2 days (15 hours)

Organisation: V&A Dundee

Salary: £24,000 pro rata

Location: Dundee

The Team

The Exhibitions Department realises the ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions and commissions across the Museum celebrating Scotland’s importance in design as well as showcasing major exhibitions of outstanding international design. The exhibitions programme stages two to three exhibitions per year including touring exhibitions from V&A and those originated by the V&A Dundee team. The programme is devised by the Director of Programme in discussion with colleagues in the Exhibition, Learning, Audiences and Development departments. Exhibitions are accompanied by publications, a dedicated public programme and limited edition works

Role profile

The Assistant Curator works with a small and busy team on the realisation of projects with designers, lenders and design institutions; delivering modern and contemporary exhibitions and commissions, including the organisation of transport and insurance; registrarial duties; and the production of publications. The Assistant Curator will work on the delivery of several projects concurrently, including historic and contemporary exhibitions from UK and international collections.

As a member of the Exhibitions team, the Assistant Curator contributes ideas to the Museum’s programme, is essential to the department’s collegiate work environment and liaises with other internal departments and with the professional design world, in one of the most dynamic design environments in Europe.

Working hours will be 2 days (15 hours) per week.

Duties and Responsibilities


Provide support to the Exhibitions Department, from the research and development stage of a project through to its realisation
Liaise with designers and their representatives, design organisations and funders
Liaise with all V&A Dundee and V&A London departments including Communications, Learning, Development and Visitor Services to secure a smooth flow of information
Monitor and maintain budgets for specific exhibitions and exhibition catalogues meticulously and in timely fashion. This includes obtaining estimates, raising purchase orders, processing invoices, maintaining digital and physical budget files and liaising with the Finance Department and budget holders
Contribute to the development of the structure, themes and content of the exhibition.


Research loans and liaise with the Curators to prepare loan documentation, administer loan requests and ensure loan conditions are fulfilled
Compile condition and packing reports to museum standard, keeping records of movement and conditions of works and liaise with conservators and couriers when necessary
Organise exhibition related transport, which includes updating shipping lists, obtaining estimates of costs, and monitoring customs documentation, liaising with shippers and the exhibition Curator
Coordinate the insurance of works of art, either commercially or through the Museums and Galleries Government Indemnity Scheme, and compile and file insurance claims in the event of loss or damage of work
Oversee the administration and transport arrangements for specific exhibitions on tour and act as courier for touring exhibitions when necessary

Exhibitions organisation and administration

Arrange accommodation, travel and per diems for visiting designers, couriers etc.
Assist the production of catalogues and limited editions
To be responsible for the management of the documentation of objects, both electronic record creation and compilation of gallery reference materials.
Collate and copy-edit texts; research, request, store and return images and obtain copyright permissions for use in publications and communication materials, including website
Compile information for labels and text panels, write interpretative material for the exhibition guide, website and exhibition where applicable
Compile exhibition guest lists in collaboration with Development and Communications
Manage exhibition contacts on database and private view/ dinner pro formas
Deal with routine enquiries, maintain the collection management system and process responses to exhibition proposals with other members of the exhibitions team
Issue contracts to partner organisations, artists, curators and authors in consultation with the Department
Maintain files and correspondence as well as archiving past exhibition files
Assist with private views and other V&A Dundee events including speaking at events where appropriate


To promote equality and diversity in all aspects of your work by developing and maintaining positive working relationships, ensuring that colleagues are treated fairly and with respect/ dignity and actively contributing to developments that support the museum’s strategy for widening access, inclusion and diversity.
Represent the V&A Dundee at public events, meetings and networking on behalf of the organisation
Any other duties as requested by the Line Manager

Person specification

Degree in Design History, Theory or Practice, History of Art or extensive equivalent experience
Minimum of three years’ experience of arts administration, especially international shipping, insurance and customs
Experience with the care and handling of objects, including condition reporting and packing procedures
Excellent organisation skills and impeccable attention to detail
Good proven computer skills with experience of Microsoft Office, and Excel
Ability to work as part of a team and independently, remaining calm under pressure, and to quickly find your feet in a fast-paced work environment
Experience of publishing in print and/or online
Excellent communication and accuracy in written communication. Good writing skills.
Good negotiation skills and the ability to handle sensitive situations with diplomacy


A good knowledge of contemporary design practices and debates
Experience of working with designers

V&A Dundee is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Application Deadline: Monday 23/08/2021