Conservator, Paper

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M Plus Museum Limited
Job location: 
Hong Kong
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Application deadline: 
Friday, 23 July, 2021 - 23:45

M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, we are building one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, with a bold ambition to establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. Our aim is to create a new kind of museum that reflects our unique time and place, a museum that builds on Hong Kong’s historic balance of the local and international to define a distinctive and innovative voice for Asia’s twenty-first century.

Conservator, Paper (Ref: R2638)

(Candidate with less experience may be considered for the post of Associate Conservator, Paper)

M+ is aiming to create a substantial Conservation team to deal with the preventative and remedial conservation of the growing M+ Collection. Reporting to the Senior Conservator, you will be an integral part of a growing conservation team to set up guidelines for the adequate development of preservation, care and conservation activities within M+ for one of the leading collections on contemporary visual culture in the world. The team encompasses various disciplines amongst which painting, paper, photography, objects, Installation Art, time-based media and preventive conservation.

While working in close collaboration with Conservation team and/ or other relevant stakeholders, main responsibilities of the successful candidate will be as described below:

You will be responsible for:

• contributing to the conservation and preservation of paper-based artworks in the M+ collection by participating in a wide range of traditional conservation activities such as producing condition reports and treatment proposals, undertaking and adequately documenting conservation treatment whenever needed, providing expert opinions on the condition of proposed acquisitions and works planned for loans and exhibition, and ensuring the required preventive maintenance in storage and during exhibition;
• participating in developing guidelines for storage and display, best practices for conservation treatment, procedure and the proper care and handling of paper-based artworks;
• co-leading framing program with photograph conservator to set preservation standard in museum framing to meet the demand of exhibition and rotation;
• conducting specialised research on the materials and techniques of artists represented in the collection and possibly investigating degradation processes, treatment options and efficacy of treatments;
• communicating on conservation topics, reporting on research results through publications or presentations at professional gatherings, in agreement with the museum;
• keeping abreast of state-of-the-art conservation/preservation methods and techniques;
• playing a leading role in advising and training staff in best practices for the care, handling, display, storage, packing and shipping of paper-based artworks;
• engaging as necessary in conservation and preservation-related special projects;
• supervising conservation volunteers or interns as required; and
• performing other ad hoc duties as assigned when required.

You should:
• possess a master degree in conservation from a recognised college / university, or a diploma from a recognised conservation training programme specialized in paper conservation;
• have at least 5 years of practical postgraduate experience working in the field of paper conservation at an institution/museum, experience with traditional scroll mounting is a plus;
• have proven experience treating and documenting a wide range of works to a high standard with full consideration of practical and ethical issues;
• be able to provide specialist advice for storage, transport, and installation of works for display. Experience dealing with other aspects of preventive conservation such as collection environment monitoring would be appreciated;
• be knowledgeable / interested in modern and contemporary art, architecture and design, including materials and techniques, and demonstrate expertise in diverse conservation techniques and theories; familiarity and experience with cultural materials in South East Asia or East Asia would be advantageous;
• be an innovative and enthusiastic team player with strong critical thinking and problem solving skills;
• be able to work in a fast paced and continuously challenging environment;
• be proficient in MS Windows and / or Apple OS platforms; and
• have strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills in English; working proficiency in Chinese or Putonghua would be a plus.

For interested parties, please submit your application with detailed CV on or before 23 July 2021. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. The review of applications will continue until the post is filled.

Data collected will only be used for job application processing. Your data may be accessed by our appointed recruitment consultants who have agreed to keep confidence of all personal data in not less than the standards applicable to us. Applicants not being invited for interview within 4 weeks from the submission date may assume their applications unsuccessful.

All related information will be kept up to 24 months and all personal data will be destroyed afterwards.

For more information or contact
Ms. Linda Hung at 2200-5481