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Helping you find a career as an Art gallery curator

In this role you will be required to take care of collections of artefacts or works of art. The care will include dealing with the acquisition and display of items with the aim of educating the public.

Although daily responsibilities for an art gallery curator will differ depending on the size of gallery, your job is likely to include:

  • Acquiring objects or collections of interest to the clientele of the gallery

  • Logging acquisitions and keeping records

  • Conducting background research and writing catalogs

  • Displaying collections in accessible and engaging ways

  • Writing articles and supporting pieces for online pages

  • Planning, organising and delivering educational lectures

  • Reviewing collections when necessary

  • Writing bids

  • Negotiating loans items e.g. extending loans and accompanying funding

  • Responding to enquiries from researchers, the public, clients, and stakeholders

  • Budgeting, forecasting, and reporting

  • Staff training and development

  • Liaising with voluntary groups and schools

  • Networking with other museums and art professionals


What skills and interests should an Art gallery curator have?
As an art gallery curator you'll need a strong interest in and knowledge of relevant art , including eras, artists and historical context. You'll also need a large amount of political awareness and an interest in current affairs.
- Attention to detail
- Flexibility
- IT skills
- Motivation
- Office Administration
- Research skills
- Teamwork
- Verbal Communication
- Written Communication
What hours does an Art gallery curator typically do?
Working hours for an art gallery curator are mainly Monday to Friday but working hours may be extended in the run up to or during an exhibition.
What environment is an Art gallery curator based in?
Usual work base will be in galleries and museums.
How much does an Art gallery curator travel?
Travel may be required to preview a collection and to meet potential clients.
How much does an Art gallery curator get paid?
Although the salary of an art gallery curator varies depending on location and the level of responsibilities, the average salary for an assistant curator ranges from £18,000 to £25,000.

At a higher level, for curators with more experience, a typical salary will range from £26,000 to £35,000.

Depending on experience and level of responsibility, salaries can exceed £40,000.
Perks & benefits
The run-up benefit of working as an art gallery curator is being able to use your creativity and passion on a day-to-day basis.
What qualifications does an Art gallery curator need?
This career is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree, and it is the minimum requirement for this field. In order to progress in this career, a masters and/or a PhD in your specialism is required.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
Appropriate degree specialisms are:

  • Art

  • History of art

  • Design

  • History

  • Languages

  • Literature

  • Sciences

  • Classics

  • Philosophy
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