We are seeking a talented, motivated, and creative individual for the newly created senior role of Head of Exhibitions and Major Display Projects.
Working in close collaboration with colleagues and stakeholders across the museum and University, the role holder will develop the processes, and lead the team responsible, for the delivery of the exhibitions and gallery displays programme, including international touring. Able to work at strategic level and to engage with the detail of day-to-day delivery, the role holder will bring robust project and financial management as well as a commitment to delivering a complex programme of research-rich, audience-focussed and design-led, exhibitions and displays.
As the principal museum of the University of Cambridge and the largest cultural venue in the region, The Fitzwilliam Museum acts as a crucial bridge between the University, the City and the rest of the world, and has an international reputation for extraordinary research, world class exhibitions, award-winning public programmes and amazing collections spanning many cultures and centuries. The Museum's conservation centre, the Hamilton Kerr Institute (HKI), is one of the world's leading centres for teaching and research in conservation. Temporary exhibitions, and displays in the museum's permanent galleries, are where the Museum meets its audiences directly. They are integral to how the Fitzwilliam delivers on its mission and are a core output of its research activities, often involving collaboration with researchers from the wider University and beyond. The ambitious and innovative programme of exhibitions and displays are designed to transform and enhance the visitors' experience and engagement with the collections. They will be developed as a precursor, and incubator for ideas, leading to the Museum Masterplan. The exhibition programme includes a major exhibition on David Hockney in 2022, and the redisplay and interpretation of the historic paintings galleries, and the Egyptian galleries.
Location: Cambridge Cambridge is a beautiful city on the River Cam in eastern England, home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, dating back to 1209. The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of eight museums which work in partnership with Cambridge University Botanic Garden and the University Library as the University of Cambridge Museums consortium, with internationally 'Designated' collections spanning archaeology and anthropology, polar exploration, the history of science and zoology and fine art.
Interview Date: Tuesday 7 December 2021
If you would like an informal conversation about the post after reading the further information, please contact Karen Livingstone, Deputy Director Masterplan and Major Display Projects, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We particularly encourage candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy, as they are currently under-represented at this level within our University.
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