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Job Name

Art gallery curator

Job Description
Art gallery curators manage collections of paintings and objects.

Salary Low
£18,000 Starter

Salary high:
£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours:
38 to 40 a week

Typical Hours per Day:
evenings / weekends flexibly

How to become an Art gallery curator

You can get into this job through:


University

You'll often need a degree in a relevant subject like fine art or art history.

You might also find it useful to have a postgraduate qualification in museum and gallery studies, or in a particular style or period of art.

Paid or unpaid work experience in a gallery, museum or heritage property is usually essential to apply for courses and jobs.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:


Apprenticeship

You may be able to start by doing an advanced apprenticeship in heritage and cultural operations.

This could lead into gallery assistant or gallery educator jobs. With further training and several years' experience, you could apply for curator roles.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:


Work


You could work as an assistant curator, conservator or education manager before becoming a gallery curator.

Direct Application

You may be able to find


Other Routes

You may be invited to guest curate a gallery, if you're an artist with an established reputation in the art world.

More Information



Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Museums Association for professional development and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming an art gallery curator from the Museums Association.

You can also find out more about working in related careers from Discover Creative Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

Working environment

You could work in a museum or at an art gallery.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

Career path and progression

You could work in galleries ranging from very small independent galleries to large public sector and national institutions, like the National or Tate Gallery.

You could also work in a university gallery, or curate large companies? collections. You could work in galleries ranging from very small independent galleries to large public sector and national institutions, like the National or Tate Gallery.

You would usually have more opportunities for promotion if you worked in a large gallery.





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