Category: Curating

Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants – 2018 deadlines

This funding scheme is open to curators and other professionals working with public collections and aims to help individuals realise their curatorial ambitions by offering grants for collections-based research and curatorial development opportunities. There is £75,000 available annually and since the programme launched in 2012 the grants have helped over 320 museum professionals with 294 projects.

They can accept small grant applications at any point throughout the year, while applications with a request of above £1,500 are considered at committee meetings three times a year. The deadlines for larger grant applications for 2018 are as follows:

Application deadline  Date of meeting
19 February 2018 23 March 2018
7 May 2018 4 June 2018
17 September 2018 15 October 2018


Full details on the programme, including details of some of the awards they have already made, can be found on the Art Fund website –


Job Opportunity: University of Liverpool

Curator of Exhibitions
University of Liverpool
Salary: £28,098 – £32,548
Closing Date: 6th November 2017 23:30

We are seeking a creative and experienced individual to co-ordinate the University’s Museums and Galleries temporary exhibition programme and manage the University’s Fine and Decorative Art collections. You will have relevant experience of developing and curating high quality temporary exhibitions and working with a range of internal and external partners.

You should have a degree in Art History (or equivalent qualification) and a postgraduate qualification in Museum Studies, Gallery Management or equivalent subject. Relevant and extensive exhibition organisation experience, ideally gained in an equivalent organisation or similar is essential. You should have experience of team working in a busy service environment and a commitment to excellent customer care. You will be well-motivated with the ability to produce work of consistent high quality and to work effectively under pressure.

Travel within the UK will be required from time to time. Out of hours and weekend work may be necessary during busy periods, in particular in the run up to exhibition openings. Time off in lieu will be offered to cover this.

For further details and to apply please visit The University of Liverpool’s website:

Job Opportunity: Blackpool Heritage Service

Circus Collection Project Support Officer
£20,456 – £22,434
Full time, temporary until 30th January 2019
Closing date 5th June 2017

The Tower Circus opened in 1894 and has run continuously ever since. It is one of the most historically significant circus venues in the world. The Blackpool Tower Circus collection reflects the importance of both the venue and the rich cultural legacy of the circus community. It is a stunning collection which to date has had limited public access.

The Blackpool Heritage Service has received a grant from the Collections Fund – delivered by the Museums Association to deliver a collections care and public access project called Marvels and Mayhem. It is seeking a Project Support Officer who will play a crucial role in the coordination and delivery of the project through a range of activities.

The project is made up of a number of different strands. Initially the focus will be on cataloguing and improving collections care to prepare the collections for wider public access activities. There will be three engagement elements – a partnership development with the School of Society, Health and Childhood at Blackpool and the Fylde College, supporting members of the circus community to engage with the collection, and the collection will be used as inspiration for a creative writing project with local schoolchildren.

The main duties and responsibilities of this post will include coordination of the different project strands, improving safe access to the collection through preventative conservation, volunteer coordination and supervision, developing good working relationships with project partners, support the development of relationships with the circus community and monitoring project progress.

The successful candidate will have a degree in a related subject (e.g. history, heritage management), experience of working in a museum environment, experience of project delivery and be able to demonstrate relationship building, people skills and partnership working.

Please note all applications must be submitted online. CVs cannot be accepted. For more information and an informal discussion please contact Caroline Hall, Collections Manager, Blackpool Council. Tel: 01253 476631.

For further details see

Bursaries available for Art Fund Curatorial Practice Workshop

The Art Fund Curatorial Practice Workshop: Art in the Public Realm
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX

25 May, 2017, 11.00am to 4.30pm
Lunch and refreshments will be provided
15 bursary places available

As part of Art Night 2017 with the Whitechapel Gallery, Art Fund’s Curatorial Practice Workshop, led by Fatos Ustek, will bring together a range of arts and museum professionals to explore current issues facing art in the public realm. Applications are open to all museum and gallery professionals who work with public collections.

The workshop will start with showcasing Art Night 2017, its artistic programme and the spectrum of historical and cultural locations set to activate the east end of London for one summer night on the 1 July. Workshop participants will then be divided into three groups to develop a public project case study and instructed how to use SWOT analysis to identify key insights into each commissioning strategy. It is requested that all participants arrive prepared with a proposed public art project to discuss for this part of the workshop.

The workshop is then followed by a curator-led tour of the current exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery (4pm to 4.30pm) and the opportunity for workshop participants to attend the symposium ‘Art in the Public Realm’ at the Whitechapel Gallery (7pm to 9pm), featuring a talk by artist Melanie Manchot, followed by a panel discussion with Gareth Evans, co-curator of Estuary Festival; Sam Wilkinson, co-founder InSite Arts; and Fatos Ustek, Curator of Art Night 2017.


Applications are open to all museum and gallery professionals who work with public collections.

How to apply

To apply for a place on this event please send an answer of no more than 100 words to the question: ‘How would attending this course be beneficial to your professional development?’

Email your application to with ‘Art Night 2017’ in the subject line by 21 April. We will aim to notify applicants by 25 April.

From Malacca to Manchester: Curating Islamic Collections Worldwide Conference

Registration for the upcoming conference From Malacca to Manchester: Curating Islamic Collections Worldwide (Manchester Museum, UK, 22-24 February 2017) is now open. 

For more information and to book please follow the conference page.

Attendance will be charged at £20 per day for the two days of the full conference programme (£10 per day for students). 

The workshops and visits are free but may only be attended by paying conference attendees, with the exception of the SSN workshop which anyone can attend (preferential booking will be given to UK museum professionals engaged with Islamic art and material culture). 

Please direct any enquiries to: