• Butler Gallery Recruitment

    The closing date for receipt of applications for this position has now passed, applications received after Monday, January 15th, 2018 will not be considered.


    Seeking Learning and Public Engagement Curator

    The Butler Gallery is dedicated to the development of a diverse and accessible ‘Learning and Public Engagement Programme’. We aim to inform, broaden and enrich audiences and to enable the wider community to engage with the contemporary arts. We are seeking a dynamic and experienced ‘Learning and Public Engagement Curator’ who will manage our active and leading programme and initiate new developments as the Butler Gallery prepares to move to our new home at Evans Home, Kilkenny.

    Job Description: Responsibilities & Duties

    • To devise and agree the content of the learning and public engagement programme.
    • To develop a strategic policy for learning and public engagement programmes.
    • To be responsible for the management and administration of all aspects of Butler Gallery’s learning and public engagement work. This includes talks, primary and post-primary schools programmes, collection-related programmes, large-scale events, seminars, conferences and special events.
    • To be responsible for the financial management and budgetary control of all learning and public engagement projects.
    • To augment the learning and public engagement core-funding by making funding applications to private and public trusts, funding bodies, sponsors and individuals.
    • To organise and facilitate gallery tours, artists’ talks, and post show discussions.
    • Work with the Visitor Services Manager to enhance visitor experience and engagement with exhibitions.
    • To initiate, co-ordinate and oversee the development of programmes designed to increase access and understanding of the contemporary visual arts by specific groups and communities.
    • To ensure effective marketing and publicity for the learning and public engagement programme.
    • To develop meaningful links with schools, and maintain an ongoing programme of schools initiatives.
    • To develop Butler Gallery’s access strategy, working with Arts & Disability Ireland to consider how best to ensure disability inclusion and access.
    • To continue to develop Butler Gallery’s commitment to audiences living with dementia, through on-site and off-site programming. This includes the coordination of the participation in The Azure Network.
    • To foster positive partnerships with local authorities, The Arts Council, other arts organizations nationally and internationally, schools, private, corporate and government bodies and to develop projects where appropriate.
    • To work with web master to ensure that the learning and public engagement programming is reflected on the website.
    • Provide reviews and evaluations of projects to the Director and Board.
    • The ‘Learning and Public Engagement Curator’ will work with and report to the Director.

    Essential skills and experience:

    • Relevant experience in, knowledge of and passion for education and public engagement within contemporary art galleries and museums in Ireland and abroad.
    • Ability to facilitate in-gallery tours and programmes for a diverse range of audiences.
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellent administration and project management skills.
    • Excellent computer literacy with knowledge of social and digital media.
    • Ability to work under pressure and work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team.
    • A third-level qualification in fine arts, arts education, art history, museum studies or in a related cultural or heritage field.


    • Fundraising experience
    • Experience in writing on art and education
    • Qualification in Education or Community Arts
    • A commitment to living in this geographic area


    Salary: Full Time, €36,000 per annum

    Please send CV and Cover Letter by Monday 15th January 2018 to recruitment@butlergallery.com or to Director, Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland

    (Interviews to be conducted before the end of January/beginning February 2018)