Contract type:

Contract Permanent


Part time



Curator, Public Programmes

In this role you will be encouraged to contribute your ideas and expertise as part of programme development and delivery with colleagues across Tate.
You will have opportunity to grow and develop your public programming practice and skills through research, cross-Tate and external project collaborations and knowledge exchanges, gaining an insight into the operation of a large-scale arts institution and the role of Public Programmes within it.

What you will do (Main Activities/Responsibilities)

Lead on research, concept, approach, development and delivery of a relevant and accessible seasonal public programme in consultation with the Senior Learning Curator, Public Programmes

Bring critical and self-reflective approach to the development of new ideas for events’ content and format, investigate new networks and partners to contribute to Public Programmes, aiming to champion under-represented narratives and perspectives

Contribute to the development of innovative public programme through continuous research into current discourses, attend relevant events and initiatives and exchanging expertise with peers across the wider cultural sector 

Initiate, build and sustain key cross-departmental working relationships with teams including Curatorial, Research, Marketing, Social, Press, Audience Insights and Front of House teams to support programme alignment and successful delivery

Lead on the development of ambitious programme in collaboration with Tate colleagues and external contributors, artists, academics, creative practitioners, partner organisations and specialists from across disciplines

Be responsible for the safe and successful delivery, evaluation and documentation of events in line with Tate’s systems including events production, Safeguarding and Artist Relationship Management processes

Draft and manage assigned programme budgets and financial administration ensuring that events meet agreed income targets and are delivered to budget  

Ensure that key communication deadlines are met, write programme copy and promotion material, liaise with colleagues from Marketing, Social, Audiences, Membership and Ticketing teams to support the effective communication of the programme to diverse audiences

Ensure complete evaluation of programme activity, including event debriefs and compiling of post-event reports to meet funder requirements and inform teamwork

Line manage and lead Assistant Curators and Co-ordinators taking a leadership role in project teams and supporting professional development of junior colleagues in their role

Embed practices of care, inclusion and anti-racism into all your work including programming and content development processes to ensure safe and equitable experiences for colleagues, audiences and programme contributors

What you will bring to the team

Substantial and proven experience of devising, implementing and managing the delivery and evaluation of large-scale public programmes for diverse adult audiences in arts organisation or cultural institution settings,

An interest in contemporary culture and excellent knowledge of current debates around public programming practices across the sector, as well as an understanding of the issues involved in staging large scale learning events in the context of a public institution

Knowledge and proven experience (expertise?) of an area of either historic, modern and contemporary British or international modern and contemporary art and culture

Demonstrable experience of establishing and managing collaborations and relationships with multiple stakeholders including artists, academics, creative practitioners, galleries and other cultural organisations as part of a public programme

Substantial staff management experience and understanding of the systems and processes involved around line-management, recruitment and professional development of junior staff

Experience of drafting and managing project budgets, monitoring income and expenditure as part of working with income generating programme and meeting set targets

Demonstrable experience of event production and safeguarding procedures

Excellent organisational skills including demonstrable ability to plan and deliver multiple projects simultaneously to a high standard, tight deadlines and budget with great attention to detail underpinned by a problem-solving approach to work.

Experience of creating an inclusive and respectful culture within a team and applying the principles of diversity and inclusion in building and maintaining relationships with colleagues, advocates, programme contributors and partners

The ability to manage own time and work successfully, through workload prioritisation, working effectively under pressure and to tight deadlines.

Excellent communication, public speaking and inter-personal skills, communicating and presenting ideas sensitively and effectively at all levels, internally and with external contacts and audiences.

Strong writing and research skills for clear, informative and accessible outputs informing programme copy, marketing material, project documents and reports, with excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office applications

An interest in and commitment to Tate’s vision and values.

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