Career outlook for art gallery curator
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would organise exhibitions and displays to attract visitors to a gallery. You'd help people to enjoy the paintings, sculptures, videos and other art.
You'd give visitors information about the objects on display to help them understand their significance and learn more about the artists.
You'd plan new exhibitions months in advance and arrange to borrow artworks from other galleries as part of the display.
You'd persuade businesses to sponsor the exhibition and try to get public money to pay for putting it on. You'd create publicity materials to advertise the exhibition so that people know about it and come and see it.
You'd also manage the gallery's permanent collections of paintings and artworks, which will often have historical significance.
- Research and identify paintings and other items
- Catalogue the items in the collection
- Store artworks in the right conditions
- Write catalogues and other information for visitors
- Answer visitors' questions
- Give talks to groups or school parties
You may also supervise or manage staff or do other tasks such as arrange insurance and security.
If you work for a private gallery you might sell pieces of art to customers and work with artists to organise regular exhibitions of their latest work.
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