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Curator of Contemporary and Modern British Art (Fixed Term)

Salary range: £41,526 - 52,559 Closing date: 26 August 2021 Download the job pack

The University of Cambridge is actively reimagining how its collections are researched, developed and interpreted. This new role -- Curator of Modern & Contemporary British Art -- will work in the Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettle's Yard, with a remit to shape and deliver collections-based research, public programming and curatorial work on the collections of 20th and 21st-century British art, within a global context. A specific focus of the role is to bring new and under-represented perspectives, voices and artworks into these collections.

The post-holder will create opportunities to engage audiences around under-represented aspects of such art and practise, particularly within the context of the legacies of colonialism, and ongoing racism and societal inequalities. They will be encouraged to develop collaborative projects that are inspired by, or draw upon, both institutions' collections, their distinctive public spaces, working with researchers and students across the wider University.

The post-holder will be knowledgeable about, and have experience of working with, 20th and 21st-century British art, and be committed to developing new collection perspectives, including researching, exhibiting, publishing and acquiring the work of diverse and under-recognised artists.

Both Kettle's Yard and the Fitzwilliam Museum are Non-School Institutions that work closely with the Department of History of Art and many other departments within the University. The post-holder will be encouraged to work collaboratively across the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle's Yard, the University of Cambridge Museums consortium and other University departments and research networks.

The post is fixed-term for 2 years, working 3 days per week at Kettle's Yard, and 2 days per week at the Fitzwilliam Museum. We envisage hybrid working, partly on site and partly in the museums.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion. We believe that diversity strengthens and enriches us, and are committed to helping to make the arts and cultural sector a more diverse and equal place. To this end we are actively seeking to diversify our staff and would particularly welcome applications from women and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background, and people with disabilities. If you wish to self-identify please do so in your personal statement.

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Andrew Nairne (Kettle's Yard, or Neal Spencer (Fitzwilliam Museum,

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

Closing Date: Thursday 26th August 2021 at 12 Midnight

Interviews: Friday 10th September 2021

Please quote reference DA27314 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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