1931 - Project Officer: John Moores Painting Prize

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Posted: 08/08/2019 15:06
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £25,034
Location: Walker Art Gallery
Level: Curatorial
Deadline: 01/10/2019 17:00
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: Company Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Travel Loan Scheme
Job Type: Permanent [A]

National Museums Liverpool is recruiting a project manager for the John Moores Painting Prize, considered by many to be the ‘Oscars’ of the painting world, held every two years at the Walker Art Gallery.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about art, creative, energetic with a demonstrable experience in project management, to lead the development and delivery of the Prize and support a wider programme of public engagement and activity.

You will be responsible for the day to day management of the Painting Prize covering all aspects of the competition and the exhibition as well as assisting with its associated school and public programmes.

As an excellent communicator, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm for the Prize, you will build strong relationships with alumni, artists, jurors, gallerists, schools, colleges, universities and other stakeholders to increase the attractiveness of the competition.

Reporting to the Head of Art Gallery Exhibitions, you will assist with other contemporary art shows and will provide support for international tours of modern and contemporary paintings.

This is a fabulous opportunity for someone who is confident with people, who enjoys managing teams and has a track record of delivering high quality exhibitions.

This is an established position dependent upon the continuation of external funding as well as other income streams.

Interviews will be held on the 11 September 2019

Job Description

Purpose & Objectives

  • Lead the planning, development and delivery of the John Moores Painting Prize
  • Act as an advocate for the Prize, increasing engagement  across the arts, heritage, education and business sectors
  • Support a wider programme of activity around modern and contemporary painting, helping to engage younger audiences
  • Assist with the management of other contemporary art displays, especially  any Liverpool Biennial exhibits hosted by National Museums Liverpool 

Main duties

John Moores Painting Prize

Reporting to the Head of Art Gallery Exhibitions, and working closely alongside Fine Art curators, you will be responsible for the planning, development and delivery of the John Moores competition and exhibition every two years. This will involve the following tasks;

  • Lead the project management and co-ordination of the John Moores Painting Prize; organise and chair project team meetings, prepare agendas, action lists, minutes, briefing notes, letters, schedules and reports
  • Develop a project programme and monitor progress, ensuring that information and actions are delivered to agreed deadlines
  • Manage the budget for the competition and exhibition, identifying efficiency savings where possible, ensuring that all expenditure is in line with cash-flow projections
  • Support NML’s fundraising efforts through discussions, presentations and meetings with potential prospects
  • Provide regular progress reports for senior managers and for the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust
  • Work closely with marketing, press and digital teams on the delivery of the competition and the exhibition
  • Manage all aspects of the competition and exhibition, ensuring that the process runs smoothly and that everyone involved, staff, jury, participating artists and alumni, are happy with the process
  • Work closely with NML’s digital team to streamline and improve the competition process, where possible developing a more agile approach with shorter timescales
  • Work closely with development, marketing, press and digital teams on the promotion of the  competition and the exhibition
  • Be an advocate for the Prize and act as a  point of contact for all practical issues with artists, jurors, internal staff, other relevant organisations and the professional arts sector in connection with John Moores
  • Act as the main point of contact for all discussions with the commercial and business development team, especially over the sale of paintings, the management of any selling events and the design of the catalogue
  • Liaise with the John Moores development manager at LJMU and keep the university updated on all aspects of the competition and exhibition
  • Compile and manage the project risk register in conjunction with colleagues
  • Build on the ground-breaking work achieved through the Arts Council Collection Project by developing exciting  contemporary art programmes with the education team, designed around the John Moores Painting Prize,  to engage  younger audience audiences
  • Aligning with NML’s wider targets, help the team to develop programmes which reach out to schools in areas with a higher percentage of pupil premium through a relevant, inspiring and meaningful formal offer
  • Support the education and communities team in engagement with LGBT+ young people through a dynamic public programme, maintaining key relationships with LJMU School of Art & Design, LIPA, GYRO and THE Action Youth which were developed as part of ACC
  • Hold regular briefing sessions with gallery staff to ensure that they are familiar and up to date with all aspects of the John Moores Painting Prize and related exhibitions
  • Attend appropriate network events and give talks and presentation to promote the Prize
  • Supporting other modern and contemporary art displays
  • Support the planning and feasibility of an international tour of NML’s modern and contemporary British Art collections
  • Act as the main point of contact for other contemporary art displays or exhibitions, including support with any Biennial exhibits hosted by NML

Other duties 

  • Act as line manager and reporting officer for any staff appointed to assist with the process and supervise the work of any volunteer assistants or work placement students, undertaking periodic appraisal and facilitating their training in association with IS staff and NML’s HR Dept
  • Attend other meetings as required and contribute to staff briefings, learning programmes, and other events as appropriate
  • Adhere to NML’s Health and Safety Policy and Procedures, NML’s access and safeguarding policy as well as other appropriate practices and guidelines
  • Contribute to the continuance of a sound health & safety culture within the department
  • Develop NML’s commitment to Equality and Diversity and promote non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of work undertaken
  • Undertake additional duties, as required, from time to time and Show the highest integrity and confidentiality in the pursuance of these duties.
  • Undertake training and development courses and programmes, as appropriate.
  • The details contained in this job description reflect the content of this job at the date of being prepared.  It is however possible that over time the nature of the job will change.  Consequently National Museums Liverpool will expect to revise this job description from time to time and will consult with the post holder at the appropriate time


Job specification: Project Manager Payband 5






  • Degree level or equivalent




  • Project management



  • Staff management 



  • Budget management



  • Report writing and presentation skills



  • Working with external stakeholders



  • Engagement with the artistic community




  • Cross functional working



  • Building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders



  • Report writing and data presentation



  • Strong interpersonal skills



  • Leading and motivating others



  • Ability to work as part of a team



  • Time management skills-works well under pressure, and to deadlines



  • Problem solving and creative flair



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