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The Royal Photographic Society

Archived: Exhibitions Manager

Reporting to: Chief Executive; Two direct staff reports

To manage and develop the Society’s public-facing and member exhibition programmes within the Society’s overall strategic plan, encompassing touring exhibitions, online competitions and exhibitions.

Main responsibilities

  • Manage the Society’s principal – and flagship – public exhibition, the International Photography Exhibition (IPE) and ensure that it continues to grow and remain relevant
  • Ensure that the Society’s public competitions and exhibitions are managed and resourced, including those undertaken in partnership with other organisations
  • Develop and keep under review a strategy for the Society’s exhibitions programme and working with the Chief Executive on realizing this within the Society’s overall strategic plan
  • Manage the Exhibitions Assistant and Science Exhibition Coordinator
  • Work alongside the Chief Executive and Communications Manager to explore sponsorship opportunities and develop external relationships to support the Society’s exhibitions programme
  • Ensure that the Society’s website, competition websites and printed material are kept up to date and that these support the department’s activities and needs of the public and members
  • Work with other staff members and volunteers to support the Society’s exhibitions programme and associated educational activities
  • Provide advice to Society Regions and Special Interest Groups on their exhibitions
  • Provide advice on competitions and exhibitions to external organisations
  • Develop new ways of using to Society’s exhibitions programme to raise income for the Society and entrants through commercial activities such as print sales and merchandising
  • Provide monthly reports to the Society’s trustees via the Chief Executive

Skills required

  • A minimum of two years’ experience organising exhibitions and creative events in a similar role within an arts organisation. Curatorial experience is welcome but not essential
  • A proven interest in photography and the arts world ideally within another organisation
  • Experience of using digital technology within an exhibitions context
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to prioritise a varied and demanding workload, that is both detailed and strategic
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, and also to engage with a small staff team and volunteers across the organisation
  • Confidence with developing and leveraging external relationships
  • Occasional evening and weekend work
  • Experience of MS Office suite; CC Photography, Photoshop or similar image editing software

About the Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society is a registered charity and a membership organization with the aims of promoting photography and supporting photographers. It was established in 1853 and has around 11,700 members mostly in the UK and abroad.  It realizes its objectives through workshops and courses, competitions and touring exhibitions, a distinctions and qualifications programme and an annual awards ceremony. The Society also acts in an advocacy role and with the media representing photography and the interests of photographers. The Society, its special interest groups and regions hold over 500 events each year.

This opportunity comes at a time when the Society is looking to further enhance its public presence and grow its activities and membership.  It has recently published a strategic plan ( which the exhibitions programme will support through an operational plan that is currently being developed. An earl y task would be to undertake a review and set out a vision for the future of the Exhibition department’s activities for the Society’s trustees.

The Society is seeking new premises which, in the medium term, will include a public exhibition space for photography. How this is resourced is yet to be determined, but it will offer opportunities to bring in externally commissioned photography exhibitions and, potentially, curate exhibitions for display in the Society’s own space.

Society Exhibitions

The Society has held an annual exhibition since 1854 and the IPE is the world’s oldest and longest running photography exhibition. Working with colleagues and volunteers the Exhibitions Manager has managed the Society’s exhibitions and in recent years these have expanded to include online competitions for its members. The Society regularly partners with other organisations on competitions and exhibitions. The current exhibition roster comprises:

  • International Photography Exhibition (IPE), annual, until recently called International Print Exhibition and the world’s longest running exhibition. Entry online, with a final selection from entrant’s work; a UK touring exhibition.
  • International Images for Science, annual, sponsored by Siemens plc and managed by a dedicated coordinator. Entry online; and a UK touring exhibition.
  • Members’ Biennial, biennial, open to Society members. Entry online; UK touring exhibition.
  • Weather Photographer of the Year, annual, in partnership with the Royal Meteorological Society and now in its second year. Entry online; and UK touring exhibition.
  • International Photobook competition and exhibition, how this to continued has yet to be determined
  • Monthly members’ exhibition at Fenton House, currently under review and supplied by the exhibitor.
  • Members’ 365. A monthly online competition
  • The Society has held one-off exhibitions including 2012 a Summer of Sport; and has had one-off partnerships including the Royal College of Nursing, supporting a centenary competition and exhibition.

The department currently supports the RPS patronage scheme.


Responsible to: Chief Executive
Salary: £32,056
Probationary period: 3 months
Period of contract: The post is permanent, subject to successful completion of the probationary period
Leave: 20 days, rising to 25 days, annually, plus statutory bank holidays
Location: Fenton House, 122 Wells Road, Bath, BA2 3AH. The office is fully accessible
Hours: Five days/week, 35 hours/week excluding breaks. Normal office hours are 9am-5pm. Occasional evening and weekend working may be required.

The Society operates a stakeholder pension scheme.

Start date: 25 April, subject to any notice period. This includes a short handover.


In the first instance, please email a covering letter detailing your suitability for the role, with examples of previous relevant responsibilities, and a CV in a single PDF or Word document to
Dr Michael Pritchard, Chief Executive, e:

For a preliminary conversation contact: Dr Michael Pritchard, Chief Executive,
t: 01225 325730 or e:

Closing date: Monday, 20 February 2017 at 0900. Interviews: 27 and 28 February.

No agencies please.