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Senior Curator, House & Collection

Kettle's Yard is looking for an experienced and passionate individual for the role of Senior Curator, House & Collection. The House and permanent collection are the heart of Kettle's Yard, founded by Jim and Helen Ede. The Senior Curator will lead on the care and conservation of the House, collection and archive, taking particular responsibility to lead the museum accreditation process as well as ensuring an enriching and inspiring experience for all who visit and engage with the collections in person or through other means.

The Senior Curator, House & Collection is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and will play a key role in delivering Kettle's Yard's vision and ambitions leading up to the 70th Anniversary in 2027. The Senior Curator will instigate, enable and support research, teaching and learning: engaging and inspiring students, children and young people, communities and visitors through a dynamic programme of house and collection related activities, resources and publications.

The successful applicant will have a proven track record of managing and working with 20th Century British Art in an accredited collection. With a commitment to continual enquiry and an openness to new ideas and perspectives, the post holder will also be an engaging speaker and writer on art who would enjoy working as part of a team to develop original initiatives to reach diverse audiences.

Further information on the role and the person specification can be found in the attached further information pack. To apply for the vacancy please complete an online application form via the link below including examples of how you meet the essential requirements for the post.

We believe that diversity strengthens and enriches us. We 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 BIPOC people and people with disabilities, if you wish to self-identify please do so in your personal statement.

About Kettle's Yard: Kettle's Yard is the University of Cambridge's modern and contemporary art gallery. It was founded in 1957 by Jim and Helen Ede. It consists of a beautiful house with a remarkable collection of modern art and a gallery that presents a diverse programme of modern and contemporary art exhibitions. It has an international reputation for its programmes which includes concerts of new and classical music and an extensive and diverse programme of learning and community activities.

Kettle's Yard's mission is:

To contribute to society by inspiring and engaging audiences through art, learning and research of the highest quality.

We believe that great art should not be the privilege of the few, but for everyone. Our values reflect Kettle's Yard's creator Jim Ede's support for artists and belief in art's power to make us look again and change how we act in the world.

The closing date for applications is end of day, Thursday 8th June.

Interviews are expected to take place during the weeks beginning 19th or 26th June.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Any queries regarding this position should be directed to Please bear in mind that due to limited staffing and a large number of applications, we will only be able to provide feedback to shortlisted candidates.

Please quote reference DC36629 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.

Further information

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