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Southbank Centre

Job reference: 000301
Location: Longside Gallery, Yorkshire
Closing date: 23/01/2022
Salary: £30,000 - £31,000
Employment type: Fixed Term
Department: Hayward Gallery

Arts Council Collection

The Arts Council Collection began when the Arts Council of Great Britain was founded in 1946. Formed around a small group of paintings from the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts (CEMA) with an aim to promote and encourage the appreciation of contemporary art through touring exhibitions. Since 1986 the Arts Council Collection has been managed by the Southbank Centre on behalf of Arts Council England, safeguarding the Collection for future generations, and using the highest possible standards of collection care.

From its inception, over 75 years until now, we boast over 8,200 works by close to 2,200 artists including work from a diverse range of artists from Barbara Hepworth, Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor and Henry Moore to Mona Hatoum, Anthea Hamilton, Lubaina Himid and Grayson Perry. We are committed to supporting artists from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, most often at an early stage of their careers. From multi-part installations to performance, painting, sculpture and moving image the works that enter the Collection are representative of the best and most ambitious art made in the UK. We continue to bring art to every corner of the country through lending to museums, galleries, schools, hospitals and other public institutions and through learning, projects and touring exhibitions.

Arts Council Collection is at a moment of transformative change. We are working on moving our collection to a new storage facility in Coventry for 2024, and reviewing and devising new programmes and ways of working, driving the interrogation of our acquisitions and programmes and ensuring relevance and diversity across all aspects of our work. 

About Us

Southbank Centre is a national flagship cultural institution. It is Europe’s largest arts centre and one of the UK’s top five visitor attractions, occupying an 11-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames.

Its impact and reach are significant and it is respected internationally as a convener of great artists and diverse audiences and for being entrepreneurial and innovative in response to a volatile and changing financial landscape. Southbank Centre is a charity that is determined to demonstrate its ambition to remain innovative, disruptive and experimental in what it does and to be highly relevant to the artists it wants to work with and to the audiences it wants to attract.

Southbank Centre believes that a commitment to diversity and inclusion helps it be a more relevant and effective organisation.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please follow this link and apply using our online recruitment portal: southbankcentre.co.uk/jobs 

Closing date for applications: ​​​​​​​23 January 2022