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Curator of Learning

VISUAL Carlow seeks a creative and motivated candidate for the position of Curator of Learning. This person will join a vibrant team of creative professionals.

Finding ways to collaborate and communicate is more vital than ever. The Curator of Learning will work within VISUAL’s artistic team to create accessible and intellectually rigorous learning and public engagement events and activities in the galleries at VISUAL and off-site in Carlow.

VISUAL is committed to developing and producing an artistic programme that places public engagement and social inclusion at its centre. Learning at VISUAL is a dialogical practice; through the arts and the work of artists our Learning Programme fosters a spirit of public enquiry and curiosity.

VISUAL is an iconic arts centre in the heart of Carlow, with four world-class gallery spaces and a 335-seat performance space. As Ireland’s largest gallery space, VISUAL gives access to excellent contemporary art practice in a context that explores the value, richness and relevance of the arts in our lives. We are committed to providing meaningful access to contemporary artistic practice of the highest quality through our exhibitions, events and activities. Our unique scale and regional location allows for ambitious programming and wide-reaching participation opportunities with diverse audiences – local, national and international, online and in person.

The successful candidate will have:
• An in-depth knowledge of learning, education, public engagement and pedagogical practices in the arts.
• A proven capacity to conceptualise, devise and deliver a programme of learning for a public institution.
• The capacity to collaborate with a creative team and reach collective goals.
• Experience working and collaborating with the general public, varied groups and communities.
• Experience of working with artists to develop and support strategies for learning and public engagement.
• Excellent writing, editing and digital literacy skills.
• Excellent mediation and facilitation skills.

The following qualities will be required:
• Creativity with a passion for learning through the arts.
• Flexibility – some evening and weekend work will be required.
• High self-motivation and ability to take initiative.
• Excellent time management and strong work ethic.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Specific responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):
• Development and coordination of Learning at VISUAL Programme.
• Creation of seasonal learning opportunities and spaces for public enquiry in association with changing artistic programme.
• Building and maintaining relationships with community groups; arts, education and cultural institutions, local stakeholders and others.
• Working with community groups; arts, education and cultural institutions; local stakeholders; and others to devise and realise projects and artistic exchanges.
• Working with the CEO and Artistic Director on relevant funding applications.
• Assisting with the Gallery Volunteers Programme.
• Working closely with the CEO and Artistic Director, Marketing Manager, Galleries Curator and Theatre Programme Manager to build audiences and engagement opportunities.
• Building relationships with local/national partners.

Other duties and obligations include:
• Acting as an ambassador and advocate in representing VISUAL.
• Adhering to stated staff policies and procedures, as set down in the staff handbook.
• Adhering to procedures relating to the proper use and care of equipment and materials for which the role has responsibility.
• Participating in training and development programmes/courses to maintain and improve performance and to assist in identifying self-training and support needs.
• Participating and working within a performance management and development process.
• Any other reasonable duties or projects that may be required in the role, as assigned by the CEO.


Annual Salary: Salary commensurate with skills and experience. 20 days Pro Rata (12 days) Holidays per annum. Public Holidays: 8
Contract: 2 year fixed term, 24 hours per week. Notice: One month notice is required.
Code of Conduct: VISUAL has a commitment to the well-being, safety and dignity of its staff while at work. We operate within the principles of a code of conduct for employees, visiting artists and companies. A spirit of co-operation, collaboration and communication is an important part of the identity at VISUAL and staff at all levels are expected to maintain this spirit as a professional priority in their work. VISUAL is an equal opportunities employer.

To apply, please send your cv and a covering letter detailing why you are suited to this role, to by 5pm Tuesday the 1st of September. Interviews will take place on Friday the 4th of September.

VISUAL is an equal opportunities employer