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Art UK Digital Content and Research Assistant
Deadline for application: Monday December 5, 2016
The appointed Assistant will work closely with a range of public art collections across the UK. This would not be limited to museum collections, but also include university and town council collections as well as those of the National Trust, British Council, English Heritage, Arts Council England and the Government Art Collection.
Further Information ...
1. About Art UK
Art UK is a dynamic arts charity with a national and global reach. The charity’s mission is to open up art in public collections for enjoyment, learning and research. We do this through digitising artworks, telling the stories behind the art and creating exciting opportunities for public interaction with art both online and offline.
Our work contributes to the promotion and sustainability of the UK cultural sector and facilitates collaboration between cultural organisations and local and national communities. Successful partnership and collaboration are a hallmark of our organisation.
Art UK gives all public collections across the UK a shared digital infrastructure to showcase their artworks to audiences at home and abroad. Art UK was launched in February 2016, replacing an earlier offering hosted in partnership with the BBC known as Your Paintings. The BBC remains Art UK's lead project partner in a relationship that goes back eight years.
On the Art UK website there are over 200,000 artworks from 3,200 collection venues across the UK. This is the work of 38,000 artists. Art UK is now offering Partner Collections the opportunity to add already-digitised works on paper and other media, through a Collections Portal funded by Arts Council England. From 2017, subject to a successful second-round grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art UK plans to add sculpture.
For more information go to www.artuk.org
2. Broadening the Scope of Art UK
With thanks to a generous grant from the Paul Mellon Centre, Art UK is now able to appoint an Assistant to assist in broadening the remit of the site. The appointed Assistant will work closely with a range of public art collections across the UK. This would not be limited to museum collections, but also include university and town council collections as well as those of the National Trust, British Council, English Heritage, Arts Council England and the Government Art Collection.
Whilst the Assistant will, to a large degree, respond to collection requests to upload works, they will also seek out important and interesting collections of works by British artists to upload to Art UK, with help from curatorial and academic colleagues. This may include country house collections not already on the site.
3. Role Description
- To add approximately 30,000 new artworks from multiple collections to Art UK over one year
- Make contact with collections
- Work daily on the Qi database (Collection Management System)
- Work with Art UK Editorial team to ensure data and images are provided to Art UK standards, proofreading and querying potential errors
- Train collections on how to use the Art UK Collections Portal, where necessary
- Link new records with existing artist entries on the Art UK database
- Help secure 50 stories and more academic articles over one year from collections or art historians relating to the new artworks on Art UK
- Arrange necessary rights checks with the Art UK Copyright team
- Schedule publication of new works and simultaneous promotion through the Art UK social media channels and newsletter
- General administrational support where required, e.g. meeting minutes
- Work closely with the Head of Editorial to monitor and achieve the above
4. Necessary Skills
- Essential: Art History background
- Essential: High level of attention to detail
- Essential: Maintains accuracy working on large batches of data
- Essential: Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Essential: Excellent IT skills (including Microsoft Office, Outlook)
- Essential: Interest in art and awareness of UK art collections
- Desirable: Previous experience in an editorial role
- Desirable: Experience using Collection Management Systems
- Desirable: Cataloguing experience
- Desirable: Proofreading qualification
5. Contract Terms
- 12-month fixed-term contract with possibility for extension, funding permitting
- Annual salary: £21,500
- Three-month probationary period
- 5 weeks annual leave plus English Bank Holidays
- Based in Central London
- Start date January 2017
- Will be managed by Art UK Head of Editorial and also report to Head of Content
Please send CV and covering letter to Jade King (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9am on Monday 5th December. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the following weeks. If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.
Art UK, November 2016
Posted on 15 Nov 2016 around 5pm • Filed Under Temporary Positions in Publishing •