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Head, Conservation and Research (Hong Kong)

M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, we are building one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, with a bold ambition to establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. Our aim is to create a new kind of museum that reflects our unique time and place, a museum that builds on Hong Kong’s historic balance of the local and international to define a distinctive and innovative voice for Asia’s twenty-first century.

 Head, Conservation and Research (Ref: R1566)
(Candidate with less experience may be considered for the post of Senior Conservator)

 Reporting to the Deputy Director, Collection & Exhibitions, the position of Head, Conservation & Research is a key leadership role and an integral part of the Collection & Exhibition Department. The Head will have strategic and operational responsibility and will work with colleagues across the museum to develop an integrated approach to conservation for the institution.

The current conservation team is comprised of professional conservators with a diverse range of specialities reflecting the broad variety of materials represented in the M+ Collections including paper, photography, painting, object, digital and installation art as well as preventive conservation.

The job holder will lead on the development of preventative and remedial conservation activities to support ambitious curatorial programs and ensure the long-term preservation of the M+ Collections. He/she will play a vital role in institutional initiatives and research projects.

With the projected opening of the Museum in the year 2021, the current focus of the conservation team is to set on preparing the collections for display, managing all required treatments and mounting projects as well as carefully monitoring the building progress and relevant systems performance. In the coming few months, the focus of the team will shift from preparation to providing hands-on support to the installation of the collections in the galleries.

Following the museum public opening, the Head, Conservation and Research will lead the team through a transitional period, from project delivery mode to full museum operation. As the team develops further, Senior Conservators are expected to support the Head to help coordinating efforts across different disciplines.

You will be responsible for:

  • developing overarching strategies for preventive and interventive conservation including policies, standards and procedures for the examination, treatment, preparation and maintenance of the M+ Collections aiming to meet the highest possible standards;
  • developing a conservation operational plan including management structures, staffing, budgets, resource allocation, planning, targets and measures of success;
  • leading, managing, motivating and further developing a team with a wide range of conservation specialities to meet current and future requirements;
  • leading on the development of the conservation research team to provide it with all the required capacities to ensure proper M+ collections preservation, including initiating science and specialised documentation activities;
  • coordinating all efforts across the Conservation team to ensure a collaborative approach to projects in close coordination with the Curatorial, Registration & Collections Management and Exhibition & Displays teams;
  • providing conservation support to the M+ Archives and Library team on the preservation and treatment of the collection archives to facilitate research access and punctual display;
  • supervising and punctually performing highly skilled conservation work, including examination, treatment, documentation, preparation and maintenance for exhibition or other uses of the M+ Collection items;
  • developing and maintaining collaborative research relationships at local, regional and international levels to increase knowledge on the M+ collections and/ or to improve its safe access and preservation;
  • playing a leading role in advocating for the development of the conservation profession in Hong Kong and the region and proactively representing M+ in international conservation forums;
  • collaborating with relevant teams within the institution to develop emergency plans and disaster preparedness protocols; and
  • exploring opportunities for the team to represent the institution by contributing to professional meetings and conferences and producing high-level research-based publications.

You should:

  • possess a master degree in Conservation from a recognised college/ university, or a diploma/ certificate in Conservation from a recognised conservation training programme;
  • have at least 10 to 15 years of verifiable museum conservation experience, beyond the degree of certificate; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience preferably in a supervisory role for at least 5 years;
  • have a significant record of professional accomplishments that may also include publishing and research;
  • be able to anticipate the future needs of a developing institution and to design effective systems for meeting the museum’s obligations with regards to the safe access and use of the collections;
  • demonstrate understanding and ability to appropriately apply the latest techniques and  technology, materials, and equipment used in conservation; have proven track record of developing procedures relating to the examination and remedial conservation of contemporary visual culture, environmental and handling requirements for loans and collection displays;
  • have experience working in fast paced environments with a flexible approach to problem solving. Experience working with living artists/practitioners is desirable;
  • preferably have experience on conservation of contemporary visual culture, and knowledge of preservation issues in cultural institutions with diverse collections;
  • be able to organise and manage complex projects; able to evaluate potential solutions to problems and adopt effective courses of action; have experience in developing and managing budgets;
  • be a strong team-player and be able to supervise, direct, motivate and evaluate staff, interns and volunteers;
  • have strong leadership, interpersonal, planning and organisational skills; and
  • have strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills in English and preferably in Chinese.

For interested parties, please submit your application with detailed CV on or before August 14, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.  The review of applications will continue until post is filled.

Data collected will only be used for job application processing. Your data may be accessed by our appointed recruitment consultants who have agreed to keep confidence of all personal data in not less than the standards applicable to us. Applicants not being invited for interview within 4 weeks from the submission date may assume their applications unsuccessful.

All related information will be kept up to 24 months and all personal data will be destroyed afterwards.

For more information http://www.westkowloon.hk or contact Ms. Michelle Cheng at 2200-0220.

https://wd3.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/wkcda/External/job/Hong-Kong/Head–Conservation-and-Research_R1566-4


Associate Conservator, Variable Media (Hong Kong)

M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, we are building one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, with a bold ambition to establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. Our aim is to create a new kind of museum that reflects our unique time and place, a museum that builds on Hong Kong’s historic balance of the local and international to define a distinctive and innovative voice for Asia’s twenty-first century. 

Associate Conservator, Variable Media Art (Ref: 1569)

As part of the development of the M+ team, we are rapidly building up our Conservation team to deal with the preventative and remedial conservation of the growing M+ Collection. The team is still developing and already encompasses various disciplines amongst which painting, object, paper, photography, Installation Art, Digital and Media art and preventive conservation.  

Reporting to the Senior Conservator the position is an integral part of the growing conservation team to deal with the preventative and remedial conservation of the M+ Collection in Variable Media Art area. 

While working in collaboration with other conservators from the team, especially with both Installation Art and Digital and Media Art conservators, you will be responsible for: 

  • contributing to the preservation of the M+ Variable Media Art collection by participating in a wide range of conservation related activities such as examination, condition, quality or function assessments, documentation, conservation treatment and all necessary interventions required for long-term preservation of such collection items;
  • providing with expert diagnostic on the condition, vulnerability, exhibitability of Variable Media art item candidate for acquisition along with formulation of long-term preservation strategy including recommendations associated to its maintenance, care and display;
  • recommending and preparing for proper and safe display the Variable Media Art items of the collection planned for loans and exhibition;
  • contributing to development of conservation/preservation policies, procedures, protocols and workflows within the museum related to acquisition, display, care and maintenance of installation art items of the collection through participation in the M+ Time-Based Media Committee;
  • contributing to advising and training staff in best practices for the care, handling, display, storage, packing and shipping of Variable Media Art collection items;
  • conducting specialised research on the materials, techniques and practices of artists represented in the collection and engaging as necessary in conservation and preservation-related special projects;
  • supporting the planning and implementation of the Variable Media Art conservation & preservation lab of the Conservation and Storage Facility (CSF) of the future museum;
  • co-supervising conservation volunteers or interns as required and contributing to relevant outreach activities. 

You should: 

  • possess a master’s degree or a diploma in Conservation from a recognized training program. Specializations in contemporary art or functioning cultural heritage are preferred; other relevant specialities are also welcomed. Individuals without such formal academic training but could prove equivalent skills and knowledge acquired through specialized professional experiences and trajectory will also be considered. Candidates with less experience may be considered for the position of Assistant Conservator, Variable Media Art;
  • have at least 3 years of practical postgraduate experience working with Variable Media collection items; Institutional / museum experience is preferred;
  • have proven experience documenting and treating a range of collection items to a high standard with full consideration of practical, technical and ethical issues;
  • be able to address preservation needs of items that include Installation Art, Performance Art, kinetic Art or other functioning art; Experience with digital collection item is a plus;
  • be able to contribute to preservation and access needs of complex artwork such as installation, performance and other types of time-based media art, working collaboratively with the rest of conservation team and with any other relevant stakeholders;
  • be able to provide specialist advices for storage, transport, installation and display of variable media art items of the M+ collection;
  • be knowledgeable/interested in modern and contemporary visual culture, architecture and design, including materials and techniques, and demonstrate expertise in diverse conservation techniques and theories; familiarity and experience with cultural materials in South East Asia would be advantageous;
  • be an innovative and enthusiastic team player with strong critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  • be able to work in a fast paced and continuously challenging environment;
  • be proficient in MS Windows and / or Apple OS platforms; and
  • have strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills in English and preferably in Chinese or Putonghua. 

For interested parties, please submit your application with detailed CV and cover letter on or before July 17, 2020.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.  The review of applications will continue until post is filled.

Data collected will only be used for job application processing. Your data may be accessed by our appointed recruitment consultants who have agreed to keep confidence of all personal data in not less than the standards applicable to us. Applicants not being invited for interview within 4 weeks from the submission date may assume their applications unsuccessful. 

All related information will be kept up to 24 months and all personal data will be destroyed afterwards.

For more information, visit: https://www.westkowloon.hk/careers or contact Ms. Linda Hung at +852 2200-5481.


Assistant Conservator in Preventive Conservation (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

The Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) is seeking an Assistant Conservator for the department of Preventive Conservation. This is a full-time, two-year position with frequent regional travel beginning in the spring of 2020. The position is responsible for training, preventive research, publishing technical leaflets, and site assessments. Activities include conducting assessment surveys; assisting in the development and presentation of educational workshops; consulting on collections care, preservation planning, disaster preparedness and other related subjects; writing articles and other technical materials; on-site disaster response and collections salvage; and assisting in preservation grant applications. The position works closely with the Director of Preventive Conservation, collections care professionals at institutions throughout the region, and the general public.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in art conservation with strong interest and experience in preventive conservation. Additionally, the position calls for an individual with an enthusiasm for history, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to work collaboratively with professionals from a range of backgrounds. Note that this position does not include active conservation treatment or bench work. This is a 2-year, grant-funded position with a $45,700 annual salary, along with outstanding benefits including medical, dental, vacations, AIC membership, and professional development. The spring start and end dates are flexible and can be discussed at the time of an interview. The position is open to US citizens or those with legal eligibility to work in the US.

MACC is an independent, nonprofit, regional center providing comprehensive conservation services in Paintings, Objects, Paper, Textiles, and Preventive Care. The staff is collaborative, very collegial and works innovatively with the curatorial and collection professionals at hundreds of non-profit collecting institutions including fine art museums, historical societies, universities, Native cultural centers, city governments, libraries, archives, and the public. MACC facilities are located within the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Applications now accepted until June 28, 2020

Please send your confidential cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references to:
Colin Turner, Executive Director
Midwest Art Conservation Center
2400 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
cturner@preserveart.org
Tel: 612.870.3148


Assistant Objects Conservator (San Francisco, CA, USA)

The Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums (COFAM) is seeking a six-month Fixed-Term Assistant Objects Conservator to perform highly skilled work related to the conservation of works of art spanning a wide range of materials and cultures. The primary responsibility of this position is the long-term preservation, conservation, and technical study of objects in the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The Assistant Conservator will also have duties related to temporary exhibitions and the lending of objects to other institutions. 

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Undertakes conservation of objects in the curatorial areas of Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Ancient Art and Contemporary Art.
  2. Examines objects for questions concerning material identification, manufacture, deterioration and intervention history, including analysis using X-radiography and XRF spectrometry.
  3. Prepares and archives visual and written documentation of treatments and research.
  4. Participates in preventative care of the collections and loan items during exhibition, storage and transport.
  5. Confers with curatorial, conservation, exhibitions and facilities staff on conservation and environmental issues.
  6. May disseminate knowledge of the collections by proposing and/or contributing exhibitions and programming content, publishing, and organizing presentations or symposia
  7. May provide guidance to departmental contract conservators and interns.
  8. Acts as a courier of art in transit domestically and internationally.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Education, Training and Experience:

  • Master’s degree from a recognized graduate conservation program or the equivalent.
  • Minimum of three years of museum experience in the field of objects conservation.
  • Active pursuit of professional and skills development. 

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Competent knowledge of conservation methods, techniques and procedures involved in the maintenance and care of a museum collection of fine arts.
  • Ability to complete conservation projects within budgets and schedules.
  • Ability to collaborate creatively and communicate clearly in writing and conversation with other conservators, museum staff, colleagues and the public.
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of standard imaging and office software and collection management systems.

 Working Conditions: 

  • Physical Demands: Conservators are regularly required to move heavy objects, to undertake treatments requiring repetitive movements, and to work for extended periods at computer stations.
  • Special Environmental Factors: The laboratory contains hazardous materials. Sharp tools and mechanical equipment are also in use. Conservators should be aware of the dangers inherent in the use of such equipment and materials.

This is a fixed-term position from July 2020 – December 2020. 

FAMSF offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

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