Curator: Special Projects

Curator: Special Projects

  • Are you a commercially minded Curator that wants to support the radical and public Whitechapel Gallery to fulfil our charitable aims?
  • Do you want to fulfil a unique position in the Gallery, working dynamically between departments to deliver special projects?
  • Do you want to help us to develop our distinctive voice by contributing to an expansive and cross-disciplinary programme, building on our pioneering history?


General responsibilities and duties include, but will not be limited to:

  • Provide support to the Exhibitions Department, from the research and development stage of a project through to its realisation
  • Liaise with artists and their representatives, arts institutions and funders
  • Liaise with all Whitechapel Gallery departments, including Communications, Education, Development and Operations, to secure a smooth flow of information
  • Monitor and maintain budgets for specific exhibitions and exhibition catalogues meticulously and in a timely fashion. This includes obtaining estimates, raising purchase orders, processing invoices, maintaining digital and physical budget files and liaising with the Finance Department and budget holders
  • Manage trainees, interns and other freelance employees as well as supervise departmental work placements


Conditions of Work

  • Contract: Permanent
  • Hours of work: full-time
    Monday to Friday, 9:30am – 5:45pm, with one hour for lunch
  • Salary: from £32,000 gross per annum, depending on experience
  • The period of notice is two months in writing on either side
  • Probationary period: 6 months
  • Due to the nature of the job, some evening and weekend work will be required, as well as occasional travel. This will be compensated by time off in lieu.


In addition, the benefits you are eligible to receive are, subject to availability:

  • 25 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays (pro-rata)
  • Eligibility to participate in the group personal pension scheme, with the Gallery contributing 5% of your gross annual salary
  • Discount from the Gallery bookshop (subject to availability)
  • Discount from the Townsend Restaurant (subject to availability)
  • Discounts on editions (one per edition) and publications (subject to availability)
  • Training opportunities
  • £200 annual travel grant (pro-rata)
  • Free entry to a range of arts organisations across the UK
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme

For further information, please download the Job Description.

To apply

Please complete the application and equality & diversity monitoring forms and return them to recruitment@whitechapelgallery.org by midnight on Sunday, the 19th of February, 2023. The date for interviews is to be confirmed. 

We want our workforce to represent all sections of the community and expect all our workers to firmly commit to working with the Gallery to create an equal, diverse and inclusive workplace. Our ambition is to reflect society and to create a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all to experience art.

Charity number: 312162 Company number: 4093862

Apply for this role

  1. Download and complete the application form: Word; PDF
  2. Download and complete the Equality Monitoring Form: Word ; PDF
  3. Email the forms to recruitment
  4. Deadline: midnight on Sunday, the 19th of February 2023.
  5. Interviews: to be confirmed.