How to Get a Job in a Museum or Art Gallery by Alison Baverstock

By Alison Baverstock

Getting your dream activity within the arts isn't any suggest feat nowadays. during this booklet, the writer explores the area of museums and galleries, concentrating on modern concerns and present recommendations for employment during this box. This down-to-earth consultant may help you're employed out what sort of activity you'd be most suitable to, and the way to organize for a profession on your selected box. that includes many case experiences and genuine lifestyles examples, this ebook takes a realistic method of discovering the ideal activity for you. It comprises recommendation on developing an attention grabbing CV, utilizing for an marketed put up, discovering paintings event, the interview itself, and developing the profession you really need. The publication contains a foreword by way of Sandy Nairne, Director of the nationwide Portrait Gallery.

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The pace at which this world moves It’s possible to love galleries and museums but feel frustrated by the pace at which they operate. This world is not fast-moving; rather it is considered and ponderous; consultative and collaborative. Compromise will be needed, after weighing up very different, even contradictory, requirements. If you are the sort of person who just likes to get on and do things, preferably on your own, you may find this frustrating. The same goes for the style of language used.

The Museums Association will only advertise posts on its website over a certain salary level, but there are other places to advertise – and employers know that the advertised salary level tends not to diminish the number of applicants. There are always people who want to work in this world. ‘It is dispiriting. It is sad to see our profession, so qualified and specialised, yet so seemingly undervalued. My salary just about allows me to break even but it does not allow me to save, and were life to throw a difficult circumstance at me and I were to need money in a hurry, this would not be possible out of what I earn.

Working in a museum or gallery is an appealing career prospect for many; it often attracts those who visited them during their childhood, found them places of solace in their teenage years – or rather liked the look of what Ross in Friends did for a living. Visits as part of a university course may strengthen that desire – and students of history or history of art may find themselves particularly drawn to such a career (although experts are needed in many fields of speciality, as broad as a museum’s range of content, from palaeontology to machine tools).

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