Curatorial Programme Coordinator with Dovecot Studios

Location: Edinburgh
£20,000 per annum
Full time for 2 years: 40 hrs per/week (Mon-Fri
, some evening and weekend work)
Start Date: Mid-October 2020
Closing date: 14 September 2020, 12 noon

A position open day will be held via Zoom: 10am, 5 Sept 2020
Interviews are planned for 24/25 September 2020

About the Organisation

Dovecot is a world-renowned tapestry studio in the heart of Edinburgh and a landmark centre for contemporary art, craft and design. Established in 1912, Dovecot continues a century-long heritage of collaboration with international artists to make exceptional handwoven tapestries and gun-tufted rugs.

Alongside the tapestry studio, Dovecot run an exciting programme of exhibitions and events to further explore contemporary art, craft and design.

Learn more about Dovecot Studios here.


About the role

The Curatorial Programme Coordinator is a new position at Dovecot supported by the John Ellerman Foundation. The Dovecot programme comprises public exhibitions and displays supported by a busy calendar of talks and public events; in this new role, you will provide high quality support to the Curator in realising this programme.

You will be a lynchpin in the realisation of Dovecot exhibitions, supporting the Curator from research through to installation and evaluation. You will coordinate with artists, independent curators, lenders, and museums and galleries; organise transport and insurance; complete registrarial duties; and help to produce labels and interpretation. You will be responsible for coordinating exhibition installation with suppliers, technicians and designers, reporting to the Curator to realise the vision for each exhibition.

As a key member of the Dovecot team, you will connect across the organisation, representing the exhibition programme you will liaise with colleagues in weaving, marketing and commercial operations. You will play a key role in helping Dovecot reach a wider audience so you must be a confident and articulate ambassador for our work.

Reporting to the Curator, you will be required to work flexibly, with usual hours as 9am – 6pm. It is envisaged the post holder will work Monday to Friday but the demands of the exhibitions programme will require flexibility to ensure business needs are met, including working evenings and weekends as required.

Within the main responsibilities of the role, you will carry out a wide variety of tasks which fit broadly into the following areas:

• Curation
• Project coordination
• Installation
• Ongoing Presentation and Care
• Tasks linked to the wider operation of Dovecot Studios

For examples of key responsibilities and tasks for each area please see the complete Job Description and Person Specification. (PDF opens in new window)



This role would be ideal for a confident early-career museum and gallery professional with the drive and initiative to deliver curatorial and touring exhibition plans. You will have practical experience of what it takes to create an exhibition in a gallery or museum context along with a proven interest in textiles, art and design. You’ll have a relevant degree-level education, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience.

You will be expected to be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• Excellent organisation skills and impeccable attention to detail
• Excellent communication and accuracy in written communication
• Ability to plan ahead, identifying risks and contingencies
• Self-motivated with excellent time management
• Ability to work as part of a team and independently, remaining calm under pressure, and to quickly find your feet in a fast-paced work environment
• Good proven computer skills with experience of Microsoft Office

• Knowledge of textiles or contemporary art, craft and design
• Knowledge of working practice in a gallery, museum or heritage context
• Commitment to equality and diversity

• Experience of arts administration
• Experience of an exhibition installation environment
• Experience with the care and handling of art works and museum objects

For a full list of essential and desirable criteria please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification. (PDF opens in new window)

If you have any questions about this role or the organisation please contact Please do not under any circumstances contact the employer directly as they have asked us to handle the recruitment process for them.



Closing date for applications is 14 September 2020, 12 noon.

There will be a position open day Saturday 5 September 2020 at 10am via Zoom

Interviews will be held on 24/25 September 2020.

Please submit a CV and tailored Cover Letter through the AAI Employability online application form on our website. Examples of what we expect in an application can be found HERE

All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. State A) your availability and B) relevant experience and demonstrate how your skills match the specific requirements of the job description.

We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Successful candidates must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.