An exciting unique opportunity has arrived to work in the arts in Harlow. We are looking to recruit a part time Artistic Co-ordinator to join a small friendly team of trustees, staff and volunteers who deliver a variety of cultural projects, contemporary exhibitions and public art commissions in Harlow. Summary of role This position is busy, interesting and fundamental to the smooth workings of Harlow Art Trust. It does require unique delivery of both customer facing and sound administrative skills. It will suit an individual with a keen interest in public and contemporary art with a driving ambition to be part of the longer-term plan for culture in Harlow.
Responsible to: Director, Harlow Art Trust and deputise in their absence.
A charity founded in 1953 by Sir Frederick Gibberd, Harlow Art Trust owns the majority of the public sculpture collection in Harlow. Over the past fifty years it has built up a remarkable collection of sculptures by some of the leading names in modern and contemporary art, including Auguste Rodin, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ralph Brown, Lynn Chadwick, Elizabeth Frink and many others. The Trust continues to purchase and commission sculpture and other works of art from new and established artists, and whenever possible sites these in publicly accessible areas of Harlow for everyone to enjoy. Over the past five years Harlow Art Trust has also managed the Gibberd Gallery. This is an exciting new venture for the Trust and its mission for the promotion of culture in Harlow is: “to develop the Gibberd Gallery to become an inspirational regional focus for the visual arts and to raise the profile of Harlow and its acclaimed sculpture and permanent collection”. The Gibberd Gallery opened in 2004 as part of Harlow Council’s new Civic Centre in The Water Gardens and is located on the Mezzanine floor. The Sir Frederick Gibberd Collection of British Watercolours and Drawings is a permanent feature on the gallery walls and the large central space is used for temporary exhibitions. The Hideaway Gallery has been adopted by our Young Curators for displaying schools work, there is also a Window Gallery that is used to promote local artists/schemes and projects.
Duties and responsibilities include:
• Supporting the Director with the temporary exhibition programme, liaising with artists, developing client databases, creating forms, contracts and procedures for use within the Gallery.
• General administration, including organising and recording Trust and Gallery meetings, dealing with day-to-day email, social media and telephone enquiries relating to the collection.
• Supporting the management of the collection of sculptures across the town: overseeing loans, sculpture moves, and condition reporting processes, keep up to date files for the hard copy archive based in the Gallery.
• Supporting promotion of Harlow Sculpture Town and the Gallery: updating websites, APPS, distributing maps, driving social media, crucially becoming a champion of the Art Trust and their aims.
• Liaise with the volunteers and Friends of Harlow Sculpture and the Gibberd Gallery (FoHSGG) by providing updates for the Friends meetings and maintaining dialogue with the Friends.
• To ensure insurance, legal, health and safety obligations are adhered to and risk management is observed and communicated. • Remain customer focused and recognise and respect the diverse nature of the community, with an emphasis on inclusion and access. • Help drive an open culture of continuous improvement and innovation.
15 hours per week @ £11.50 Per Hour. FTE £23,332 The role will be a freelance position and based in the Gibberd Gallery, days and hours are flexible with some evening and occasional Saturdays. Training will be given. NB one day = 7.5 hours Monthly paid hours.
It would suit a person who is computer literate in Word and enthusiastic about learning. Efficient, organised and welcoming, an individual who extols the principles of great customer service since you will be a key point of contact. With a busy programme of events the role does require flexible working, as well as evening hours to attend bi-monthly Trustee Meetings in Harlow. The ideal candidates will need to have a strong background in administration, composing letters, emails and be highly organised, able to work on their own initiative and prioritise effectively. Experience in working in the arts or an education in an arts discipline is an Artistic Co-ordinator 3 advantage as is being mobile and in the Essex/Hertfordshire area.
Key working relationships:
Trustees, Artists, Volunteers, members of the general public, Council Officers, Friends of Harlow Sculpture and Gibberd Gallery. NOTE: This is initially a six-month contract with a three month review and the intention is to extend this longer term. If this is interesting to you and possibly poses new learning and even a challenge please consider applying.
Deadline for applications: