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Department: Visual Arts
Grade E
Job Type: Permanent, Full-time (35 hours)
Salary range: £46,050 - £51,530 per annum (inclusive of Inner London Weighting), dependent on skills and experience

About us

The Barbican is a unique, dynamic Arts and Learning Centre that presents artistic experiences with collaborators across music, theatre, dance, visual arts and cinema that variously entertain, enable, enrich, and enlighten our many audiences. Our aim is to be a 21st century international Arts Centre that champions equity, diversity, and inclusion, and explores new approaches to arts, education, and enterprise.

Job Summary

These two curatorial positions will play a critical role in further consolidating the Barbican Visual Arts reputation as a leading international venue for the presentation of visionary exhibitions and path breaking commissions that rethink art historical narratives and explore pivotal contemporary issues and themes. The curators will contribute to an inter-disciplinary programme that encompasses contemporary and modern art, fashion, design, architecture, performance, film, and photography. 

They will lead and co-ordinate project teams for the development, creative planning and realisation of exhibitions, public art commissions and events that align with the overall artistic programme, strategic framework and purpose and values of the Barbican Centre. 

Each curator should develop new and creative approaches to the making of exhibitions and demonstrate innovative and unexpected ways of working with architecture and public space. They will work collaboratively and manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders - in order to realise exhibitions and commissions for the Barbican which would involve mobilising support through fundraising and building relationships and international institutional partnerships to promote the Gallery’s partnership and touring exhibitions abroad. 

Essential requirements:

  • Post graduate degree or equivalent knowledge and experience in arts-related discipline, preferably art history, design/architecture history, art theory or cultural studies. 
  • An excellent knowledge of 20th and 21st century contemporary and modern art
  • Knowledge and experience in curating large loan-based exhibitions with an internationally recognised track record
  • Significant experience working with living artists and having delivered public art commissions.
  • Good publishing track record.
  • Experience managing multi-disciplinary teams including freelance and contractors delivering complex productions.
  • Financial acumen with a proven history of fundraising, managing large budgets and delivering financial returns on investment.
  • A strong international network.    

You must be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to negotiate complex contracts including hire agreements, loans from artists, collectors, galleries, and museums.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to create mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Ability to work inclusively and collaboratively across teams and sectors to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Ability to undertake detailed research.
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy with collaborators and stakeholders.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with varied audiences.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and maintain a calm, ordered approach.
  • Ability to work inclusively and collaboratively across boundaries to achieve positive outcomes.

This is a full-time, permanent position based in The Barbican, with the possibility to work 2 days per week remotely. The Barbican is a values-based organisation and welcomes applications from all backgrounds and sectors. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the forefront of our strategy. We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements where possible, and all workplace attendance requirements are based on the role, to provide employees with an agreed working pattern to enable them to plan in the longer term and therefore provide a good work/home life balance.

For a confidential discussion on the Curator role, please contact Katrina Crookall at [email protected]


How to Apply

To apply online, please click on the apply online button on the right of your screen. 


Closing date is Monday 17 June 2024, 12pm. Please note that we are unable to accept late applications.

Interviews are to be held week commencing the 24th of June 2024. 

If there are any issues with the application process, please contact the Barbican Careers team at [email protected].

As part of our commitment to increasing the diversity of staff within the Barbican we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from groups that are currently underrepresented, including people from the Global Majority* and D/deaf and disabled people. We want to better reflect and understand the communities we exist to serve. We are members of the Disability Confident Scheme and guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who would like to be considered under this scheme and who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role. If you are a disabled person and need adjustments to the application process please contact us.

*Global Majority is a collective term that refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or, have been racialised as 'ethnic minorities'.