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Education Curator, Freelands Foundation


Job Summary

Freelands Foundation is seeking an Education Curator who wants to develop their practice, explore the potential of creative pedagogies, and develop projects and research into experimental art education.

Job Description

Teachers are at the core of Freelands Foundation's strategy for advancing art education across the UK. Through our education programmes, we work with teachers and educators to develop diverse and ambitious approaches to art education and support teaching as artistic practice.

We are committed to creating space for teachers to develop their creative and educational practice. We currently do this through a number of strands of programme including ARTISTEACHER, a regular forum for art teachers and educators to explore the principles of teaching as artistic practice; projects with schools and SHIFT, our online series of videos sharing varied practices, approaches and philosophies within art education. We also use our Library and Project Space to develop and test ideas, holding public events including panel discussions, reading groups and round table discussions. The successful candidate will be happy to work independently managing a number of projects as well as working with the wider programming team to develop ideas, share practice and collaborate.

The Education Curator will work closely with the Head of Education to shape and develop the overall programme and contribute to strategy and areas of research. They will work alongside a wider team of curators including a Programme Curator and two Artist Development Curators who are responsible for Library Displays, Painting Prize, Residency and Fellowships programmes alongside associated public programmes.

Job Requirements

  • Proven experience in curating ambitious education projects and managing partnerships with schools, teachers and artists

  • Substantial understanding of visual art education and current issues impacting the sector

  • Engaged with current visual art education theory and practice

  • Experience working with cultural organisations

  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team, with initiative, pragmatism and


  • Highly organised with the ability to prioritise and manage deadlines and multiple projects

  • Proven experience building inclusive and professional relationships

  • Having an awareness of and commitment to addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,

    and to promoting a more diverse and inclusive visual arts sector

  • Ability to produce high-quality written communications and communicate confidently

    across different audiences

  • Demonstrable experience in monitoring and maintaining budgets

  • IT/IS literate

Job Responsibilities

  • Research and develop ideas around creative and experimental art education

  • Curate and manage the delivery of schools projects

  • Research, develop and produce SHIFT and associated reading lists and public events

    alongside each film

  • Plan and deliver regular ARTISTEACHER sessions, collaborating with external partners

  • Develop and maintain a growing network of teachers and educators

  • Contribute to the development of the Library as a space for discussion and enquiry

  • Support the Head of Education to shape the strategy for education

  • Prepare copy and images to support communication around strands of work,

    development of webpages and social media material

  • Appropriately document and record activity across programmes

  • Produce and contribute to reports for trustees and internal evaluation

  • Work with the wider programming team to support the programme, contribute to project

    and team meetings

  • Monitor and work within agreed project budgets

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How to Apply

Please submit a CV and a 2-page max cover letter, which outlines your interest in the role and how you meet the person specification, by email to recruitment@freelandsfoundation.co.uk

Deadline: 9am on Monday 4 March 2024

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12 March 2024, in person at the Foundation office in London.

Freelands Foundation is committed to anti-racism and to addressing inequality in the arts sector. We warmly welcome applications from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, as individuals from these backgrounds are currently underrepresented at all levels of our organisation.

If you require particular adjustments for any part of the recruitment or selection process, including an alternative format for the job description or job advert, please contact recruitment@freelandsfoundation.co.uk and we will be happy to accommodate your access requirements.

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