You might be surprised by the range of opportunities at Tate.
From curators and conservators to visitor and ticketing assistants, across learning, marketing, IT and development, a wide range of people work together to promote understanding and enjoyment of art.
A number of different departments work together in Tate’s Collection Care division
Art Handling and Storage
Art Handling and Storage installs, packs and moves artworks for Tate’s programme of exhibitions and loans. It also manages Tate’s Collection storage sites in Southwark and Wiltshire. Roles in the team include art handlers (part-time and full-time, permanent and casual), supervisors and managers.
Tate’s Conservation department provides specialist conservation services to support the programme across Tate. Specialist areas include Paintings and Frames, Sculpture, Paper, Time-based media and Conservation Science. The Conservation department restores and prevents damage and deterioration to works in our care, ensuring that the collection is available for future generations to enjoy. The department includes conservators, conservation technicians, conservation scientists and administrators, specialising in paintings, frames, sculpture, paper, time-based media and conservation science.
Library and Archive
Tate Library and Archive’s unique collections include hundreds of thousands of books, exhibition catalogues and rare items relating to Tate’s collection. The Library and Archive supports staff at all five Tate sites and through the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms. Roles range from qualified and specialist librarians and cataloguers to library assistants and administrators.
Tate Photography records the collection and supports other departments at Tate (including Marketing, Curatorial and Tate Digital). Capture and output is primarily digital. Our small team of in-house photographers is supported by a casual pool of freelancers and technicians.
Tate’s Registrars oversee the care, movement, documentation and storage of works of art for the collection and special exhibitions. Registrars and assistant registrars work with loans, displays and the Prints and Drawings Rooms.
The curatorial departments at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives and Tate Partnerships and Programs develop and share Tate’s collection. They focus on research, display and acquisition, conceiving public programmes that showcase and bring the holdings to life. They put together exhibitions, commission work from artists and get involved in live performances and film programmes. Posts include curators, assistant curators and administrators.
If you’re interested in the work of Curatorial and want to know more, you can follow our tweeting Curators on twitter:
The Development Office is responsible for all fundraising at Tate in support of programmes, collection development and capital projects.
The team is one of the most successful arts fundraising teams in theUK, raising money from individual donors, foundations and public funders, and through corporate sponsorship, membership and private events. Team members include heads of departments, managers, officers and administrative staff.
If you’re interested in the work of Development and want to know more, you can follow the Tate Young Patrons on twitter:
Director’s Office and Planning
It takes the lead on internal policy development and Tate’s contribution to external policy, and manages a Tate-wide programme of external relations.
The Resources division includes a range of departments that work together to ensure that the back of house operations of Tate run smoothly.
Tate’s Learning department aims to invite and invent new ways of looking at art. It delivers a range of experiences that develop deeper understanding, knowledge and engagement with art and have enjoyment at their heart.
Teams include Public Programmes, Young Peoples Programmes, Schools and Teachers, Early Years and Families and Research. Posts include schools liaison assistants, curators, assistant curators and artist educators.
If you’re interested in the work of Learning and want to know more, you can follow the Schools and Teachers team on twitter:
You can also follow our Young People’s Programme:
Audiences and Media
Audiences and Media aims to develop new and innovative ways for audiences to engage with all of Tate’s activity.
There are a number of different departments that work together in Tate’s Audiences and Media division.
Tate Members is one of Europe’s most successful arts membership schemes. The team is small, and includes the Membership Manager and Marketing Manager.
Marketing works to promote exhibitions and events, attracting new visitors, encouraging repeat visits, and maximising visitor numbers to all four galleries. Roles include marketing managers and marketing assistants.
Tate Digital is responsible for managing and co-ordinating the delivery of Tate’s public facing digital content. The department works across a range of digital platforms, including the Tate website. The department incorporates a large number of roles across the organisation.
The Press Office promotes Tate to the international, national and regional media. Roles in the department include senior press officer, press officers and assistant press officers.
The Design Studio manages the design, print production and some digital production for all four Tate galleries and subsidiary companies (Tate Catering, Tate Entertaining and some work for Tate Enterprises); managing projects from a wide range of departments such as Development, Learning, Exhibitions and Displays, and Visitor Experience.
Tate Etc. magazine is Europe’s largest art magazine. It’s published three times a year and is delivered to Tate Members, as well as being sold by subscription worldwide. It is also sold in shops, galleries and cultural institutions globally. The team is small and roles include the Editor, Assistant Editor and Publishing Manager.
If you’re interested in the work of Audiences and Media and want to know more, you can follow them on twitter:
Partnerships and Programmes
Partnerships and Programmes develops Tate programmes to reach audiences beyond our galleries, creating national and international collaborative experience, all based on learning. These programmes are typically delivered through our national and international partnerships, including education and learning partnerships.
Tate’s Research department leads and supports the development and undertaking of scholarly research across Tate. The department also fosters research collaborations with external partners, especially in universities, and oversees a range of projects in different subject areas (curatorial, collection care, learning and cultural policy).
Tate for All - Diversity
Equality and diversity are integral to Tate’s mission to increase public awareness, understanding and enjoyment of British art from the 16th century to the present day, and of international modern and contemporary art. Tate’s Diversity Manager ensures that equality and diversity are embedded within all of Tate’s activity.
If you’re interested in the work of Partnerships and Programmes and want to know more, you can follow them on twitter:
Visitor Experience and Estates
Visitor Experience helps visitors to explore and enjoy our galleries. Roles include casual positions for major exhibitions, permanent staff in the galleries such as information and visitor assistants, and managers who define and deliver our commitment to customer care.
Estates manage the estates and facilities across our galleries and storage sites, making sure programmes are delivered in line with statutory guidelines and regulatory standards and procedures. Most roles in the team are managerial, as facilities management is carried out by our contractors SPIE Matthew Hall.
Membership and Ticketing sells tickets, memberships and related products, providing great service, help and information to customers and Tate Members. Roles in the department include Membership and ticketing assistants (part-time, full-time and casual) as well as supervisors and managers.
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