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Adjunct Curator, Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Caribbean Diasporic Art

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Closing date:06 January 2020 at 17:00 

Tate is seeking to engage an experienced curator or researcher of international art with in-depth, specialist knowledge of Anglophone Caribbean art and British artists of Caribbean heritage with a transnational outlook for the Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational. The Adjunct Curator will provide expertise for Tate while remaining within a relevant location.

The Adjunct Curator will reflect Tate’s existing acquisition strategy and future programming priorities and promote debates and discussions on the subject within and beyond Tate. In particular, the postholder will support research towards and around a major exhibition at Tate Britain for 2021 that examines the Caribbean connections in British modern and contemporary art. The postholder will also support the research, acquisition and presentation of British artists of Caribbean descent and art from the Anglophone Caribbean with a transnational outlook.

This post will be held by a curator or researcher with experience and engagement with Caribbean communities, organisations and institutions in Britain or in the Anglophone Caribbean, as evidenced in their writings and/or curatorial projects. A Transnational outlook is important, since a specific regional focus should be considered in a broader historic and intellectual remit.

The Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational promotes new ways of interpreting and presenting art through the framework of ‘transnational’; a way of understanding and curating art that encourages the idea that art and its histories are interconnected beyond its country of origin. Integrated within Tate’s curatorial vision, the Centre’s work is manifested in exhibitions, new acquisitions and collection displays as well as in academic outcomes and public programme. For more information please visit: https://www.tate.org.uk/research/research-centres/hyundai-tate-research-centre-transnational

You will be an experienced curator or specialist with an in-depth knowledge of international art, with specialisms in Anglophone Caribbean art and British artists of Caribbean heritage. You will have a track record of publication and research, an established network of contacts and an understanding of the issues surrounding collecting modern and contemporary art for museums. You will also be a first-class communicator who can write for a variety of audiences.

To fulfil this brief, you will need:

• Expert knowledge as well as practical and scholarly involvement in subjects relating to Anglophone Caribbean art and British artists of Caribbean heritage in a transnational and contemporary context
• A track record of publication and research and demonstrable knowledge of the field
• An established network of contacts, an understanding of the issues surrounding collecting modern and contemporary art for museums
• Excellent research and writing skills in English, including the capacity to write authoritative texts for specialist readership as well as accessible texts for a general public
• Demonstrable excellence in verbal communication and presentation and the ability to represent Tate externally

After a shortlisting process, the final selection of candidates will be invited to an interview.

This contract will be offered on a fixed term 2-year freelance contract and will attract a fee of £20,000 per annum. The time spent on the work is flexible and discretionary, however the institution expects the Adjunct Curator to devote the equivalent to 21.6 hours per week to fulfil their obligations under the contract.

For more information please refer to the Project Brief document under Extra Information below.

Application Information

If you wish to apply for this vacancy, please submit a personal statement of no more than 500 words along with a current CV and a writing sample (published or unpublished) to: htrc.transnational@tate.org.uk by 6 January 2020. For more information please refer to Project Brief document.

Additional Information

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