Emerging Curator Opportunity: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Project

Project Description

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust, Imperial Health Charity and Paintings in Hospitals are seeking an emerging Curator to develop an exhibition to tour four healthcare sites. This will include: selecting 10 to 15 artworks from the Barns-Graham Trust collection; formulating a clear curatorial narrative suitable for healthcare audiences; working with all partners to ensure the exhibition is ready for public display by November 2018; delivering a talk at St Marys Hospital; writing a blog; and suggesting engagement activities to go alongside the exhibition to empower patients and support their wellbeing.

 About the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust
The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust was established by the Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in 1987. The Trust exists to enhance the reputation and understanding of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham as one of Britain’s most significant 20th century artists, and through her legacy supports young people and other individuals to fulfil their potential in the visual arts.

The aims of the trust are:

  • To foster, protect and promote the reputation of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
  • To advance the knowledge of the life and work of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham through exhibitions, research and publications
  • To create an archive of key works of art and papers, to serve as a source of information about Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s life and works and to provide access to this collection
  • To support and inspire art and art history students through the provision of bursaries and scholarships

 About Imperial Health Charity

From giving grants for pioneering research to brightening wards with stunning works of art, Imperial Health Charity is passionate about improving patient care and supporting staff development at the Trust’s five hospitals.  The charity funds major redevelopments, clinical research and medical equipment as well as helping patients and their families at times of extreme financial difficulty.

The charity uses art as a means to engage with patients and staff through a museum accredited collection of over 2,000 artworks.  Art plays a crucial role in creating a warmer, more welcoming environment for all. Working with both established and emerging artists, the programme includes three temporary exhibition spaces.  Permanent commissions include the striking Bridget Riley murals in the QEQM Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, unique Julian Opie artworks in the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s and a David Mach wall sculpture in the riverside entrance to Charing Cross Hospital.

About Paintings in Hospitals

Paintings in Hospitals uses art to inspire better health and wellbeing across the UK. We help to create care spaces that encourage, enrich and empower two million people every year.

Established in 1959, our charity is now the UK’s leading arts in health organisation. Six decades of experience and expertise has enabled us to develop a unique art collection of 4,000 original works, alongside art projects and engagement activities that transform the experiences of patients, service users and staff. We know that art makes a real difference to the healing process and we continually evaluate our work across a range of settings, including hospitals, hospices, care homes, GP surgeries, cancer centres and SEN schools.

Paintings in Hospitals is recognised by the Department of Health, NHS England and Arts Council England as a leading provider of arts in health services. We are the health partner of the Arts Council Collection and have recently worked with national museums and galleries such as the V&A and the Wallace Collection.

Project Dates

Beginning: End of May 2018

Ending: November 2018

Response Required from Curator

Cover letter providing:

  • Indication of availability for work between May and November 2018
  • Any referees who could be contacted at appointment stage
  • Full contact details
  • Indicative hourly rate (stating if inc / excl VAT).*
  • Estimate of out of pocket expenses e.g., travel / subsistence costs**

* Please note our total curator’s fee for the project is £1000.00

** Please note our total travel budget is £200.00

CV / experience sheet illustrating experience of two or more examples of:

  • Developing and delivering exhibitions/projects
  • Working with multiple partners
  • Delivering talks and/or engagement activities
  • Writing accessible blogs
  • Working with people from a variety of backgrounds

To apply, please send your CV with a cover letter via email (subject: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Project Curator).

Application deadline: Monday 30 April, 6pm

Interview date: Wednesday 9 May