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Full-time: Head of Exhibitions (maternity cover)

01/06/2021 - 01/12/2021


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Head of Exhibitions and Festival

Jupiter Artland Foundation is an award-winning sculpture park set on the outskirts of Edinburgh and is home to the private art collection of Robert and Nicky Wilson. In 2016 Jupiter Artland was nominated for Art Fund Museum of the Year. Jupiter Artland is committed to commissioning outstanding contemporary art from international artists and young emerging artists often offering them the first time to develop new site-specific artwork for the outdoors. At the heart of Jupiter is its widely acclaimed pioneering learning programme. Jupiter Artland is also home to Jupiter Rising, an artist-led outdoor camping festival taking place on 27 and 28 August 2021.

Apply: Send a CV and cover letter to Eleanor by email ( by 27 May 2021. Interviews: w/c 31 May 2021

Main Purpose of the Role
Working closely with the Directors and Founders to fulfil Jupiter Artland’s vision, the Head of Exhibitions manages programme activity both within the gallery spaces and the park. The candidate will be responsible alongside the Director for the delivery of contemporary art exhibitions, commissions, residencies and the annual music festival. The Head of Exhibitions manages the Learning Team, the Communications Team and the Production Team.The Head of Exhibitions also manages freelance staff and suppliers.

The Head of Exhibitions is a member of Jupiter Artland’s Senior Management Team, with the Head of Operations, Finance and Landscape. Strong working and strategic relationships with all SMT members is key. You will need to be a creative and focused individual and will work in partnership with a wide range of external partners to deliver an ambitious and sustainable programme that is a model of excellence.

Key responsibilities:
Exhibitions & Artistic Programme
• Delivery of two exhibitions for Edinburgh Art Festival, one solo show and one group show, opening w/c 26 July
• Delivery of associated public programmes for EAF, including opening celebration and artist-talks
• Work closely with artists to develop their ideas and realise their vision at Jupiter Artland. Maximise opportunities for learning, audience engagement and participation.
• Curatorial direction and delivery of 3 x residency programmes; one of which involves the commissioning and delivery of new artist work for online audiences.
• Take pride in how artistic programmes are communicated to the widest possible audiences, ensuring website, social media and press opportunities are maximised.
• Oversee future programme, including the delivery of off-site projects, liaising with artists for potential commissions, and maintaining key relationships with funders, partners and supporter.

Jupiter Rising Festival
• Overall management of the festival, which takes place on 27 and 28 August 2021. This includes the Artist Programme, Production and Site Management. Experience of outdoor festivals desirable. Experience of Festival Marketing and Comms also helpful.
• Part of the Senior Team on-site managing production in the immediate lead up to the festival (w/c 23 August), during the festival weekend (27, 28, 29 August), and take down (w/c 30 August).
• It is envisaged that there will be sufficient hand-over period with the current post-holder to enable the successful candidate to get up to speed on the artistic programme for the festival, including handover of artist-liaison and communications with key stakeholders.
• Post-festival project management, ensuring invoices paid promptly, H&S documents filed and project folder up-to-date ready for the festival in 2022.

Line-management and Budget Control
• Supporting the Learning Team to deliver an outstanding learning offer, from early years to adult education and community groups.
• Support the Digital Arts and Communications Team in their busy day-to-day workloads
• Support the Production Team on exhibition installation, deinstall and collection maintenance.
• Work with teams to keep up-to-date with their budget keeping. Flag concerns before they arise with Directors. Report budgets to Senior Management Meetings.
• Schedule keeper – the Head of Exhibitions produces project schedules, working with teams (exhibition, learning, digital comms) to ensure delivery of each activity on-time and on-budget to the highest standard.

Collection Care
• Jupiter Artland’s permanent collection is at the heart of our operations and should be maintained to the highest possible standard at all times. The Head of Exhibitions works closely with the Keeper of the Landscape on all aspects of collection care, from day-to-day maintenance, to project-managing significant repairs and restoration.

Person Specification

• Be a highly proactive team worker.
• In-depth knowledge and understanding of Scottish, British and international modern and contemporary art and visual culture
• At least 5 years proven experience of programming contemporary arts activity and exhibitions that achieve impact
• Proven ability in exhibitions and gallery management
• Proven ability in festival management
• Proven ability to manage, inspire and motivate a team; experience of line managing staff
• Strong budget management and entrepreneurial skills
• Excellent research, writing and oral communications skills
• Commitment to and interest in civic responsibility and the positive role the arts can play in people’s lives
• A creative, versatile and dynamic mind set; ability to work flexibly and under pressure to shifting deadlines
• Maintain a public profile, develop and maintain strong relationships with partners and stakeholders on a regional, national and international level
• Driving Licence

• Experience of outdoor camping festivals

Title of Job: Head of Exhibitions & Learning Programmes (maternity cover)
Employer: Jupiter Artland Foundation
Salary: Competitive depending on experience
Location: Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh. A willingness to travel essential.
Contract: Full Time, Maternity Cover.
Holidays: 4 weeks per annum plus statutory public holidays
Hours: 37.5 hours per week and occasional evenings and weekends as required
Pension Scheme In line with Pension Regulator’s compliance

About Jupiter Rising

Described as a ‘powerful overview of cutting-edge music and performance,’ Jupiter Rising is a weekend-long festival taking place with the iconic landscape of Jupiter Artland

“Jupiter Rising blossoms into its second year, proving itself an essential player in preserving, expanding and celebrating Scottish culture and arts.” Bethany Davison, The Skinny

The festival programme brings together an inventive mix of live music, sound and performance, alongside programmes dedicated to artist-moving image, film, workshops for all ages, talks and discussions and site-specific installations. Set across 100 acres of woodland, meadows and lakes, campers can enjoy the delights of making Jupiter Artland their home for a weekend, with wild swimming, woodland dining and a great deal of dancing. A firmly independent and artist-driven festival, Jupiter Rising invites audiences to explore, discover and celebrate artists who transgress the traditional artistic boundaries, providing a platform for underground, emerging and international artists. Jupiter Rising evolved out of Romanti-Crash! in 2018 and Lunarnova Campout in 2017.