Profession art handler

Art handlers are trained individuals who work directly with objects in museums and art galleries. They work in coordination with exhibition registrars, collection managers, conservator-restorers and curators, among others, to ensure that objects are safely handled and cared for. Often they are responsible for packing and unpacking art, installing and deinstalling art in exhibitions, and moving art around the museum and storage spaces.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Artistic
  • Conventional / Social
  • Artistic / Realistic

Skills

  • Advise on art handling

    Advise and instruct other museum professionals and technicians on how to manipulate, move, store and present artifacts, according to their physical characteristics.

  • Ensure safety of exhibition

    Ensure safety of exhibition environment and of artefacts by applying safety devices.

  • Supervise artefact movement

    Supervise any movement of museum artefacts and ensure their security.

  • Handle art

    Work directly with objects in museums and art galleries, in coordination with other museum professionals, to ensure that artworks are safely handled, packed, stored and cared for.

  • Assess object condition

    Work together with the collection manager or restorer, to evaluate and document the condition of a museum object for a loan or an exhibition.

  • Deliver correspondence

    Distribute mail correspondence, newspapers, packages and private messages to customers.

Optional knowledge and skills

fine arts compose condition reports advise on loans of art work for exhibitions art history present exhibition conservation techniques manage loan administration art collections communicate in english in a competent way