Head of Visual Arts | center of the barbican


About Us
Founded, owned and largely funded by the City of London Corporation, the Barbican is one of the world’s leading arts and education organisations. We seek to present and deliver memorable artistic experiences through music, theatre, dance, visual arts and film that entertain, enable, enrich and educate our many audiences and participants.

Our Visual Arts department includes Barbican Visual Arts and Barbican Immersive. Barbican Visual Arts produces a program of exhibitions and events encompassing contemporary and modern art, design, architecture, film and photography, and collaborates with international partners on an exhibition partnership programme. Barbican Immersive produces experiential and interactive films and videos, which tour internationally.

The role
As Head of Visual Arts, you will oversee the artistic strategy and overall program for both streams. This is a practical programming and curatorial role as well as a strategic role, where you will foster the development of individual projects. Together with the Artistic Director, the wider Barbican Center and international stakeholders, you will develop ambitious, inclusive and sustainable exhibitions and events at the Barbican, as well as a thriving international partnership and touring programme.

A leading member of Barbican’s leadership team, your work will be guided by Barbican’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. We rely on you to create new audiences, develop revenue generation and fundraise. You will also contribute to the realization of our new creative vision, which holds our civic purpose at its heart and aligns the social, creative and business aspects of our work with our ambition to become an international center of the 21st century.

The person
You will have an impressive track record in developing innovative visual arts programs, as well as organizing individual exhibitions. Having worked for at least one major contemporary visual arts organization, you will have built strong networks across the international art world, including artists, museums, galleries and collectors. You will be able to manage complex budgets and balance artistic demands with business needs. With particular strengths in collaboration, negotiation and communication, you are equally comfortable interacting with artists, presenting to sponsors or making media appearances. You’ll also have the leadership skills to get the most out of your team, made up of a senior manager, six curators and a personal assistant.

Late applications will not be accepted.
The deadline for submitting applications is July 12, 2022 at noon.

To apply, please visit https://careers.cityoflondon.gov.uk/
You can also contact 020 7332 3978 (24 hour answering machine) quoting reference number BC0969. A minicom service for the hearing impaired is available on 020 7332 3732.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of staff within the Barbican. As an organization, we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and experiences. We are particularly keen to encourage interest from people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, Black, Asian and other global majority backgrounds who are currently underrepresented in the visual arts. By recognizing the positive value of diversity, we want to better reflect and understand the communities we are here to serve.

We are members of the Disability Confident Scheme and guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who wish to be considered under this scheme and who meet the minimum essential criteria for the position. We support and provide accommodations for people with disabilities – if you have a disability and need help with the application process, please contact us.


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