Exhibitions Officer

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Exhibitions officers project manage exhibitions in art galleries and museums that may be permanently housed or travelling exhibitions. Exhibitions officers may work in small or large organisations, working independently or as part of a curatorial team, education officers and marketing specialists. In smaller settings, the officer may be responsible for a range of roles including developing, planning and organising exhibitions and exhibition programs, sourcing and acquiring works, administering and marketing works for exhibition, through to installation and interpretive displays. Other duties may include:

  • Writing exhibition proposals
  • Researching artists and selecting work for exhibitions
  • Ensuring installation deadlines and budgets are met
  • Assisting staff with promotion and interpretation of exhibitions by contributing information for programs, guides, display labels and publicity materials
  • Organising insurance, transport and other logistical requirements for exhibitions
  • Documenting procedures and administrative systems related to exhibitions.

 

Studies in Fine Art are an advantage in these roles. In large galleries and museums postgraduate qualifications in fine art, museum management or curatorial studies would be required. Experience is usually also expected with many people beginning their careers in voluntary assistant roles. Some institutions have internship programs for university students or graduates.