The following project post is now open for applications:
Sculpture Collection Researcher (Your Sculpture)
REPORTS TO: Project Manager (Your Sculpture)
LOCATION: The Sculpture Collection Researcher will work from home, so applications are welcome from all parts of the UK
SALARY: The contract is for a maximum of 75 days over 8 months (c.9 days per month). The daily rate is £100 per day, up to a total contract fee of £7,500.
CONTRACT TYPE: Part-time and temporary. This is a freelance, self-employed post and the Researcher will be responsible for their tax, NI contributions and public liability insurance.
We seek a Sculpture Collection Researcher to undertake an extensive, detailed survey to determine the nature and extent of public sculpture collections and sculpture in the public realm in the UK during the Development Phase of a Heritage Lottery Fund project, Your Sculpture, working towards a second-round Delivery Phase application.
The PCF are seeking to employ a Sculpture Collection Researcher to research the location of sculpture collections in public ownership throughout the UK. The successful candidate will contact and liaise with selected institutions in the UK and gather set information about their sculpture collections and other sculpture-related holdings, e.g. films, audio recordings. They will also need to research the location of public monuments and sculpture in selected areas of the UK, in liaison with the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. All gathered data will need to be collated and the results presented in an agreed format. Full details of the Your Sculpture project will be provided and the candidate will be required to undertake training and review sessions, as required.
PCF are seeking a candidate with a proven attention to detail. The successful candidate will be a point of contact for art collections about the sculpture they hold and so must have strong proven communications skills, both verbal and written. An interest in art and awareness of UK art collections is essential.
- Experience of research and proven track record of an ability to gather accurate information and present it in a clear format
- High level of attention to detail
- Excellent IT skills (including Microsoft Office, Outlook)
- Strong diplomatic and communication skills to work successfully with a wide range of people
- Self-motivated and reliable, with a clear focus on reaching deadlines on time
- Interest in art and awareness of UK art collections
HOW TO APPLY: Please send a CV and covering letter to Katey Goodwin, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Sculpture Collection Researcher’ as the subject.
CLOSING DATE: 9am on Monday 9 February 2015
Interviews will be held on Thursday 19 February 2015 at PCF Head Office, 33 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7JS.
It is hoped that the successful applicant will commence the role in March 2015 and complete the work in October 2015.
If you have not heard from us by 12 February, please assume that you have not been successful. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to contact every candidate individually.
About the PCF
The charitable mission of the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) is to transform access to the UK’s publicly owned art, much of which is not on display, for enjoyment, learning and research. Its priorities lie in mapping art collections, encouraging public engagement with them and improving our knowledge of these collections.
Your Paintings is the PCF’s flagship website showing the nation’s entire oil painting collection in public ownership, photographed by the PCF over a ten year period. Working closely with collections up and down the country, PCF completed the digitisation programme in late 2012, by which point it had recorded over 210,000 paintings from over 3,000 collection venues. The website www.bbc.co.uk/yourpaintings was built in partnership with the BBC.
Future plans for the PCF involve replacing Your Paintings with Your Art, a new and improved version of the website, which will constitute a unique and powerful digital showcase of art in the UK for audiences across the world, and feature the UK collection of sculpture alongside the paintings already shown. The PCF is a registered charity with number 1096185.
Your Sculpture: Connecting UK Communities with their Sculpture Heritage
The PCF has chosen sculpture to be the focus of its next major digitisation programme. As with oil paintings, we estimate that approximately 80% of publicly owned sculpture remains out of sight or inaccessible to the public. Creating public access to this hidden heritage will enable anyone with Internet access to uncover the hidden treasures and stories behind the UK’s sculptural heritage.
Your Sculpture will cover sculpture of the last 1,000 years, created within and outside the UK, including non-European sculptural objects. We will be working in partnership with the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA), who photograph and catalogue outdoor sculpture across the UK.
The PCF has received initial support of £2.84m, including a development of £109,700, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Your Sculpture project. The Development Phase of the Your Sculpture project will run throughout 2015, in advance of a second-round application to HLF. If this application is successful, the Your Sculpture project Delivery Phase will commence in 2016.
[Image caption: Sculpture in store at Staffordshire Arts and Heritage]