This job is closing soon.

The National Gallery

Associate Curator (Post 1800 Paintings)


The Curatorial Department plays a central role in the study, care and display of the National Gallery’s collection in the organisation of exhibitions and in helping the widest possible public understand and enjoy the paintings. Lead by the Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department, the curatorial specialists are divided into three groups: the Renaissance curators, the curators for paintings 1600-1800 and the curators for paintings post-1800.

At the most senior curatorial level the responsibilities for the collection are divided as follows: Curator of Early Netherlandish and German; Curator of British paintings; Curator of Italian painting before 1500; Curator of Italian paintings 1500-1600; Curator of Italian and Spanish paintings 1600-1800, who also has responsibility for French 17th-century paintings; Curator of Dutch and Flemish paintings 1600-1800; Curator of post-1800 paintings, who also has responsibility for French 18th-century paintings. The senior specialists are supported by Associate Curators; in addition, there are Curatorial Fellows undertaking 22 month traineeships.

The department also includes a Senior Research Curator, a Curator of Modern and Contemporary projects who oversees the Contemporary Art programme, a Research Fellow/Curator in Art and Religion, a Collection Information Manager and a Collection Information Officer.

The curatorial offices are in the One Gallery Hub, located in the main National Gallery building. The National Gallery Research Centre is immediately adjacent, and the studios and laboratories of the Gallery’s conservators and scientists are nearby, as are the offices of the Exhibitions and Registrars departments.


Job Context

The National Gallery, London houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. These pictures belong to the public and entrance is free. The Gallery employs seven Collection Curators who are responsible for specific areas. Within the post 1800 period, there are the Curators of Post 1800 Paintings, British Paintings, and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Projects. The curatorial team also includes Associate Curators, Curatorial Fellows and a Senior Research Curator. The present Associate Curator post reports to the Curator of Post 1800 Paintings.

Job Purpose

The Associate Curator (Post 1800 Paintings) supports the Curator of Post 1800 Paintings, with the care and growth of the National Gallery’s nineteenth and early twentieth-century collections, and for associated scholarly research, publication, and interpretation. The Associate Curator supports the Curator in seeking and recommending relevant new acquisitions and loans, and, as appropriate, acts as the curatorial lead on exhibitions, collection displays and gallery refurbishment projects.

The Associate Curator will participate in the Gallery’s ‘NG200’ programme for its bicentenary in 2024, including ‘The Main Event’, ‘National Treasures’ and ‘NG 200 for 200’ projects. As a member of the Department, they will have line management responsibilities (usually 1 direct report) and provide leadership and pastoral care to the curatorial team, helping deliver an innovative, scholarly, and collaborative curatorial vision.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Closing date: 27/09/2022