Project Curator, Japanese Ceramics

We’re look­ing for a Project Cura­tor to cat­a­logue and inter­pret the Irene Finch col­lec­tion of Japan­ese porce­lain at Bris­tol Muse­um & Art Gallery.

23:59 15/11/20
£28,672 - £32,234
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Project Curator to catalogue and interpret the Irene Finch collection of Japanese porcelain at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

The collection consists of about one thousand pieces of porcelain, dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries, made mostly for the export market. Miss Irene Finch (1918-2019) was a scientist, lecturer and writer with a passion for collecting and researching Japanese ceramics.

You will work with a photographer to record each piece and arrange conservation work where necessary. You’ll be working at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery as well as an offsite storage facility.

You will catalogue the Japanese ceramics to a high standard, drawing on the latest research, to make the collection available to visitors in our museums and online. This work will involve liaising with experts in the UK and Japan.

You will prepare an exhibition of Japanese porcelain to be displayed in the museum as well as an online exhibition that will appeal to a broad range of audiences. You will deliver gallery talks and other presentations about the collection.

This is a great chance to build your expertise in Japanese ceramics and gain experience of a range of curatorial work through a multi-faceted role. You will report to the Senior Curator, Visual Arts and be part of the Collections & Archives team of 40 plus staff (curators, archivists, conservators, documentation and environmental records staff).

You will be able to demonstrate the knowledge, aptitude and experience detailed in the Person Specification. Experience of curating applied art objects would be an advantage combined with excellent research, communication and project management skills.

A proven interest in Japanese culture and a working knowledge of Japanese would be an advantage. Experience of a museum documentation system is also important, as you will be expected to use the Axiell EMu museum documentation system.

The two-year fixed term post is funded through Bristol Museums Development Trust thanks to generous funding from an individual patron. All full time posts can be considered for job share.

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