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Casual Exhibition Build & Construction Specialist – Barbican International Enterprises

Pay rates:

  • Hourly rate (work at Barbican Centre): £19.83 (including holiday pay)
  • Tour rate (international work): £207.33 daily (including holiday pay)
  • Consultant rate (remote support, work beyond install/de-install): £178.50 daily (including holiday pay)

We're Europe's largest multi-arts venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film, and creative learning events.

Barbican International Enterprises curate and develop exhibitions at the forefront of digital technology and innovation. Our curatorial approach explores the rapidly changing world we inhabit and our co-evolution with technology. We create unique collaborations across art, science, technology, and popular culture, offering a fresh, global perspective on urgent issues. We produce holistic environments in which contemporary art, immersive experiences, historical artefacts, design, videogaming, and music provide an unparalleled creative exploration of essential narratives. Our exhibitions differ from a traditional museum or art gallery experience. They occupy a physical space, but with predominantly digital and interactive works. 

Barbican International Enterprises are currently seeking 2 talented, flexible, organised individuals to provide build and carpentry services and support across our touring exhibitions.

Using your previous carpentry experience gained from working on major exhibitions within the arts/museum world, you will co-ordinate the build of Barbican International Enterprises touring exhibitions.

In this busy role you'll be required to work both independently and in team to assemble/disassemble, adjust, and repair a variety of structure and build. Experience in efficiently and safely packing structure for shipping purposes will also be required. You'll work with and instruct the venue’s build team and technical team as well as Barbican staff to install and/or de-install Barbican exhibitions across a variety of venues internationally.  You'll be responsible for the build of the exhibition and maintaining the current exhibition structure; assist with putting together and keeping up-to-date instruction manuals as well as advising on issues such as transport, packing and installation. Commitment to sustainable working practice and experience in working with sustainable materials will be a bonus.

All of our technical team are offered great opportunities of international touring work and your pay will vary depending on your responsibilities at the Barbican Centre and internationally; you will receive the tour rate of pay when travelling abroad, work during installations and de-installations at the Barbican Centre are paid at the Barbican technician hourly rate, and work done remotely and extra support outside of install/de-install will be paid at our consultant rate.

As well as having demonstrable relevant practical and technical experience in the arts, candidates should be able to work independently as well as in a team environment. You'll demonstrate excellent communication skills, a professional attitude, and strong problem-solving abilities.  

All casual positions have hours and dates that vary from exhibition to exhibition throughout the year.  All exhibition work is subject to availability. Please note that casual work involving international travel will take place in periods of up to two weeks with a Barbican team and a valid passport is a requirement. Due to current travel restrictions quarantine periods may be required prior to install and de-install exhibitions. 

Applicants do not have to be based in London, we also welcome applicants from outside of the UK for international exhibition installs/de-installs.

For more information please see the attached role specification.

How to apply

Please send an email to [email protected] with the application form attached and the Equal Opportunities form which can be downloaded from this page.

Provide examples and be as specific as you can. We cannot make assumptions and will assess your application using only the information you provide. We will ask a selection of candidates to attend an interview (which will be conducted remotely).

Personal information requested during the application process is for administrative purposes and will not be used to review your application. (The people reviewing your application will not see your name or other personal information). Your technical qualifications will be taken into account, but the schools or other educational institutions you attended will not. 

We welcomes applications from the widest possible range of people and is particularly keen to encourage interest from Black, Asian & minority ethnic candidates, trans and non-binary candidates who are currently under-represented within the BIE team. We are also a member of the Disability Confident scheme, and you will have an opportunity to indicate if you would like to be considered through this scheme in the application process.

Closing Date for applications: Sun 28 Nov 2021
Interviews: Week Commencing Mon 29 Nov 2021

Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants should be available to start as soon as possible.

For more information about the Barbican International Enterprises programme, please visit www.barbican.org.uk/bie