Someone has blamed us of “only announcing you were closed on social media when it was pretty much your opening time".
On the one hand, do you not check opening hours before driving for miles at Easter?
On the other, have we fallen down here?
The National Trust are launching a 3 year fixed term programme to develop a new team of Assistant Curators, currently recruiting for 8 roles across all regions of the National Trust.
As pointed out by @kathleenlawther on Twitter, this is a Very Good Opportunity:
"@nationaltrust is recruiting Assistant Curators at £27K, giving on the job training and development, recognising skills gained outside the sector and not insisting on academic qualifications for applicants"
When you look into it, oh yes, this is a very open offer, apparently aimed at getting a more diverse Curatorial team, and understanding that those coming into the role will require training and development along the way.
"We are particularly interested in considering applications from people from a wide range of diverse backgrounds who may or may not hold formal qualifications in the heritage or museum sector, but who can offer evidence of relevant experience and personal capabilities."
It's a shame that this seems so good, as one would hope that what they are offering would be industry standard for a position like this. It's not though, as so often the expectation is that you've got a "piece of paper to prove you are clever" rather than relevant hands on experience, and that you're willing to work for almost tuppence because it's such as hotly fought for position.
So if you're after a change, or just after a job at all, have a look.
Just had a laugh with the cleaners as we gazed at two penises, drawn in snot, on either end of one of the museum display cabinets.
"They're impressively symmetrical."
February half term has commenced.
"Why didn't you arrange an exhibition of X's work when X was in the country?! I love their work!"
"Their work does look good! But, we didn't know they were in the country, and also, we've not heard of them before. That would have been a pretty big stumbling block to arranging a loan with them. If there's a fab artist you think we should know about, please do let us know, so next time we can make plans before they leave the country."
*These exchanges edited for comedic value*
Yes, it's a shocker, but our staff aren't clued into all of the creatives we possibly could be, and even with those we are, we aren't constantly tuned into their international movements.
If you think your local museum or gallery should be aware of an opportunity, do drop them a line before, rather than after, that opportunity occurs.
Loans and exhibitions are often arranged many months, if not years, in advance, but someone being in the country might provide the chance for a chat, which may get you closer to physically seeing art you love being exhibited in your local area. You never know, you could be helping the artist and venue forge links they would never have known about otherwise!
(yes, there is a chance that they're not the right artist for the venue, there's too much red tape, the artist isn't interested, but if you're too late in sending the information, that connection may never be made.)
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