Profession exhibition curator

Exhibition curators organise and display artworks and artefacts. They work in and for museums, art galleries, museums for science or history, libraries and archives, and in other cultural institutions. In general, exhibition curators work in artistic and cultural exhibition fields and events of all kinds.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Art history

    The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.

  • Inheritance council practices

    Principles and approach to treat heritage appropriately within a project in order not to damage and where possible improve its conditions.

  • Cultural projects

    The purpose, organisation and management of cultural projects and related fundraising actions.

  • Museum databases

    The tools and processes involved in working with museum databases.

  • Art-historical values

    The historical and artistic values implied in examples of one's branch of art.

  • Art collections

    The variety of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and other works that form collections in a museum and prospective new collections which are of interest for a museum or art gallery.

Skills

  • Present reports

    Display results, statistics and conclusions to an audience in a transparent and straightforward way.

  • Ensure safety of exhibition

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

  • Train employees

    Lead and guide employees through a process in which they are taught the necessary skills for the perspective job. Organise activities aimed at introducing the work and systems or improving the performance of individuals and groups in organisational settings.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Work in an organised manner

    Stay focused on the project at hand, at any time. Organise, manage time, plan, schedule and meet deadlines.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

  • Perform project management

    Manage and plan various resources, such as human resources, budget, deadline, results, and quality necessary for a specific project, and monitor the project's progress in order to achieve a specific goal within a set time and budget.

  • Create new concepts

    Come up with new concepts.

  • Organise an exhibition

    Organise and structure an exhibition in a strategic way, making the artworks more accessible to public.

  • Manage budgets

    Conduct cost estimates and budget planning. Monitor the budget, as well as costs and expenses. Forecast the budget development continuously. Report on the budget.

  • Work independently on exhibitions

    Work autonomously on the development of a framework for artistic projects such as locations and workflows.

  • Coordinate operational activities

    Synchronise activities and responsibilities of the operational staff to ensure that the resources of an organisation are used most efficiently in pursuit of the specified objectives.

  • Have computer literacy

    Utilise computers, IT equipment and modern day technology in an efficient way.

  • Present exhibition

    Present an exhibition and give educational lectures in a comprehensible way that is attractive to the public.

  • Provide project information on exhibitions

    Provide information on the preparation, execution and evaluation of exhibitions and other artistic projects.

  • Communicate in English at a competent user level

    Competent use of English; R351refers to level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

  • Apply strategic thinking

    Apply generation and effective application of business insights and possible opportunities, in order to achieve competitive business advantage on a long-term basis.

  • Interact with an audience

    Convey the artistic values of the art form(s). Respond to the reactions of your audience and involve them.

  • Use ICT recources to solve work related tasks

    Ability to choose and use ICT recources in order to solve related tasks

  • Advertise an art collection

    Write catalogues, research documents, articles, reports, policies, standards and project grant proposals.

  • Cope with challenging demands

    Maintain a positive attitude towards new and challenging demands such as interaction with artists and handling of artistic artefacts. Work under pressure such as dealing with last moment changes in time schedules and financial restraints.

  • Plan resource allocation

    Plan future needs of various resources such as time, money and specific process resources.

  • Coach employees

    Maintain and improve employees' performance by coaching individuals or groups how to optimise specific methods, skills or abilities, using adapted coaching styles and methods.

  • Evaluate art quality

    Correctly evaluate the quality of art objects, artefacts, photographs and documents.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

Optional knowledge and skills

evaluate cultural venue visitor needs support public access to exhibitions natural history advise museum director anthropology liaise with financiers archaeology

Common job titles

  • Program assistant
  • Curatorial assistant
  • Manager of museum collections and exhibitions
  • Curatorial assistant
  • Assistant director
  • Curatorial/administrative assistant
  • Curator of exhibitions and programs
  • Paleontology collections manager - registrar
  • Assistant curator for animal ambassadors
  • Head of interpretation