Date: 10-May-2022

Location: London, UKM, GB

Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. 
We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. 
These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.


Arts Technician.

Salary: Pay band 6, starting at £20,254-£22,505 plus London Market Allowance of £3,300 per annum. 
Location: West London. (UK only)
Department: Visual Arts, Arts.
Contract type:  Fixed Term Contract until April 2024. 
Closing Date: 10th June at 23:59 (Central European Time (CET).
You must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of application.


Role Purpose


This is an exciting 2 year fixed term contract working for the Visual Arts Team as a Technician in a major project to relocate the British Council Collection and operations to a new home in Coventry by spring 2024.

The role is based at the Visual Arts Workshop which is situated in West London. The Technician will support the relocation project, implementing best practice methods for the safe and secure handling of a range of art works. Constructing adjusting and preparing high quality bespoke transport and storage solutions such as cases, travelling frames, Utz bins and soft packaging.


About British Council Collection.

British Council Collection is a globally accessed and digitally networked collection used to inspire, foster dialogue, and increase mutual respect and understanding. Since 1938, the British Council has been collecting works of art. The Collection began with a modest group of works on paper and has grown to more than 8,700 modern and contemporary artworks, from paintings, prints and drawings, to sculpture, photography and multi-media. The Visual Arts team helps these objects to travel around the world as part of our collaborative international exhibitions, co-curated digital exhibitions, skills development programmes, curatorial research and exchange and through loans to museums and galleries.   


  Main opportunities & Challenges for this role:

  • Working as part of a team in providing the Technical support needed to deliver an art store move.
  • Ensuring the safe handling and storage of all artworks to international museum standards.
  • Packing artworks to international museum standards
  • Fabricating and modifying cases, travel frames, Utz bin long term packaging solutions (Certified machine tool training provided).
  • Overseeing and assisting with the loading and unloading of large transport consignments (Forklift Training proved)
  • Accurately maintain transit/location logs, technical records and collection care documentation.
  • Ensuring clean & tidy working in compliance with H&S best practice.


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:


Programme Delivery
•    As part of a dedicated team supports the ongoing care of art works and preparation of art works for exhibitions and displays, by implementing a range of standardised, operational procedures and systems within a given work plan to achieve specified, clearly measurable targets. 


Sector/subject expertise
•    Provides specialist knowledge and expertise in: the safe and secure storage, handling and transportation of art works; specialist mounting and framing; usage, maintenance, management of AV and lighting requirements for exhibitions.
•    Keeps up to date with best practice and new technologies to ensure the physical and environmental safety of works of art.
Customers & stakeholders 
•    Develops and maintains good working relationships with key colleagues and contacts to facilitate effective and efficient service delivery. 
•    Communicates clearly with all project partners and stakeholders and acts as an advocate for British Council when working with external stakeholders.
Risk & Compliance
•    Follows agreed processes to maintain high levels of security and safety of art works and data relating to the art works


Leadership & management                                  
•    Plans and prioritises own work activities, which span across a range of different work streams, responding to changing and at times competing requirements to ensure effective delivery of responsibilities.
Requirements of the role:


•    Demonstrable knowledge and experience of working in a technical role preferably within a museum collection or gallery environment. 
•    Demonstrable knowledge and experience of international museum collection care standards for art: handling, storage, packing, preparation, and display including mounting and framing. Including the use of woodworking tools and equipment. 

•    Demonstrable knowledge and experience of H&S controls used for installation, movement, storage of art works - including the use of tools and access equipment.

A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement


The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status.  We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.


We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


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