Assistant Curator

Hours: Full-time (35 hours per week)
Salary: £19,500 per annum

Closing date for applications is Midday, Tuesday 17 November 2020

Location: Portsmouth Harbour

Aspex is looking for a highly motivated and dynamic individual with a passion for contemporary visual art and a ‘can do’ attitude to join its committed team. The Assistant Curator will be joining Aspex at an extremely exciting time as we deliver a new programme of exhibitions and events to mark our 40th anniversary in 2021

 Job summary: Support the Curator/Programme Manager in the planning, delivery and evaluation of Aspex’s seasonal programme of exhibitions, commissions and events. Key tasks:

1. Supporting key aspects of Aspex’s ongoing exhibition and learning programmes:

● Supporting the development and presentation of artist commissions for the 40th anniversary project;

● Supporting the development of the Aspex Artists Associates programme;

● Working with the staff team to plan and deliver events;

● Promoting and maintaining productive relations with external organisations (i.e. funding bodies, professional organisations and galleries);

● Representing Aspex through attendance at events, giving talks/tours, and externally through attendance at meetings, seminars and conferences as required;

● Undertaking Duty Manager shifts as part of the staff rota during daytime opening and special events including some evenings and weekends; is looking for a highly-motivated individual with excellent marketing, communication and digital skills, and a passion for contemporary art and culture, to join its small but perfectly formed team. This is a pivotal role, with key responsibility to drive awareness, increase engagement, visitor numbers and income, through traditional and digital media.


2. Supporting the organisation and administration of all aspects of the artistic programme:

● Supporting the preparation of copy, images and video for the promotion of exhibitions and interpretation materials;

● Supporting the documentation, evaluation and archiving of materials for all projects;

● Liaison with artists, other galleries and agencies, transportation, insurance, preparation of contracts, budgets and records of expenditure etc;

● Supporting project delivery and installation (including condition checking), working with volunteers and freelance technicians (as required);

● Undertaking all other appropriate duties for the effective administration and operation of the gallery as required by the Curator/Programme Manager and Director.


Person Specification
All criteria are essential unless specified by (D) in which case they are desirable.



● Providing excellent customer service

● Working with artists (D)

● Writing information about art for general audiences (D)

● Handling and installation of artworks (D) Knowledge & Skills:

● Enthusiasm for contemporary visual art

● Attention to detail and ability to work accurately under pressure and to deadlines

● Excellent organisation and administrative skills

● Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

● Ability to work independently and as part of a team

● Excellent IT skills The Small Print We need someone who:

● has the legal right to work in the UK;

● is not be in full time education (12 hours or more formal study a week);

● has been working for between 2 and 5 years (not necessarily in the arts);

● is from a socio-economic background under-represented in the arts and cultural sector.

  • Access/Support

  • The Assistant Curator will be asked to use a Chromebook, which will be provided for working at Aspex and from home. Current health and safety measures responding to the Covid-19 pandemic include staffing bubbles which ask Aspex staff to work some of their hours from home. We anticipate that staffing bubbles may continue in 2021 and encourage staff to claim tax relief for working from home expenses. Aspex can support the Assistant Curator with an Access to Work application to secure support based on your needs. This may include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace or at home, help getting to and from work, support worker services and/or mental health support.

  • We are very open to a discussion about additional support/resources that might be needed during the application process or once recruited to the job to enable you to do your best work. This will not affect your eligibility for the role or the strength of your application. For an informal conversation about additional support please contact Joanne Bushnell by emailing or by calling the gallery on 02392 778080 to request a call back. For information and useful resources about access visit: A relocation budget of up to £250 is available. We can discuss whether this would help you to take up the job during interview.

  • To apply

  • We want to make the application process as simple as possible for you. You can either send your application using the google form link below or by emailing written or recorded (video or audio) answers to the questions below to We are asking you for:

  • 1. Your name

  • 2. Your email address and phone number

  • 3. Why you’re interested in this job

  • 4. A description of a previous project or event that you have organised or managed and what you did. This should tell us about something you are proud of achieving 5. A description of an exhibition or artwork that you've seen in real life or online that you found interesting or inspiring, and which tells us about your wider artistic/research interests.

  • 6. This job is intended for an individual from a low socio-economic background.

  • We invite you to describe the barriers you have faced as somebody from a low socio-economic background, and what you hope to gain from the experience of working with Aspex.

  • 4 To submit your application by google form CLICK HERE. All applicants must also complete an anonymous Equal Opportunities Monitoring form. This will help Aspex and Jerwood to better understand the reach and fairness of our recruitment process. Please CLICK HERE to complete the monitoring form Application procedure

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