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The National Gallery

Archived: Art Handler

Permanent, working full time hours of 35 per week

The salary is £27,583 per annum

The Art Handling Department has the responsibility for the safe movement, preparation, and installation of all art objects within the Gallery. This involves the routine re-hanging of individual galleries to the installation of full-scale exhibitions in the three temporary exhibition spaces. As the department is central to the delivery of the Galleries objectives, the Department communicates and works closely with most departments within the Gallery, particularly Conservation, Curatorial, Registrars, exhibitions, and Building.


The role of Art Handler comprises the central function of the Art Handling Department and is critical to its success. As a National Gallery Art Handler you will be expected to carry out your role to the highest standard whilst observing the philosophy of the department, helping to advance new solutions and promoting its goals.


  • Install the Gallery collection and associated art in permanent galleries, temporary exhibition galleries and private office areas; this also includes installing labels, exhibition panels and graphics for exhibitions. This involves participation in team discussions and meetings to resolve issues relating to the installation of the art objects
  • Prepare the collection for loan to other Galleries by wrapping and packing artwork as instructed. Also receive artwork back from loan, unpacking and preparing the work for installation in the Gallery as required. This will include the loading and unloading of artwork from vehicles on arrival at the Gallery. In addition, as a team member you will be asked to contribute to discussions concerning issues surrounding the packing and transportation of art
  • To be trained as a National Gallery courier. This will involve being selected on occasion to carry out courier duties within the UK and overseas according to a schedule agreed within the Art handling department. This duty includes representing the Galleries interests regarding collection loans to other institutions, ensuring the Gallery’s specified practices and procedures for loans are observed
  • Assist Conservation and Framing departments in the refitting and glazing of paintings in the collection. This will involve removing works from frames and assisting with larger paintings to be glazed
  • Participate in the Gallery Incident Management Plan as set out in Appendices M and N. This may involve assisting with emergency picture removal if called to do so
  • May be required on occasion to participate in photo shoots and filming by the media

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Closing date: 31/08/2022

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