Junior Conservator

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National Gallery of Ireland
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Wednesday, 20 July, 2022 - 00:00

The National Gallery of Ireland (‘Gallery’) is Ireland’s major national cultural institution devoted to the collection and care of fine art. Comprising some 16,000 paintings, drawings, watercolours, miniatures, prints, sculpture and decorative arts, the institution's extensive holdings include masterpieces by many of the most celebrated figures in the history of western European art. In addition, the Gallery houses the most representative collection of historic Irish art. Funded mainly by the State, the Gallery employs more than 140 staff and provides free access to the public 361
days a year. In 2021, the Gallery was a finalist in two categories of the Digital Media Awards - Best in Government & Not for Profit for ‘National Gallery at Home’, and Best Podcast.

Established in 1964 the Conservation Department at the National Gallery of Ireland promotes and develops research and conservation projects through interdisciplinary cooperation with conservation institutes and museums in Ireland and internationally, as well as sharing skills and developing innovative conservation practises and processes.

As part of the Getty Foundation's Conserving Canvas initiative, Conserving Canvas (Getty Foundation) ,the National Gallery of Ireland Conservation Department is offering a one year fixed term contract position for a Junior Conservator with specific interest, experience and expertise on structural treatments of artworks on textile support.
More information here: https://www.getty.edu/foundation/initiatives/current/conservingcanvas/in...

The position offers a unique opportunity to advance conservation knowledge and hands-on skills practice and process by focusing on two artworks on textile support from different historical and technical backgrounds: an oil on canvas by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, “Guercino” (1591-1666),and two collages on textile support by Juan Gris (1887 -1927). The junior conservator will work in close collaboration with and under the supervision of the Gallery’s senior conservators and Head of Conservation. He/She will attend seminars and workshops held at the National Gallery of
Ireland in collaboration with guest senior conservators from some of the most renowned
European conservation institutes.

The Gallery aims to enhance international conservation education in both ethical awareness and
technical practice to ensure that critical conservation skills needed for care of works on textile
support do not disappear. Reporting to the Head of Conservation or nominated deputy, the Junior
Conservator will support and assist with the following duties:

 Carrying out structural conservation treatments on selected works on canvas from the
Gallery’s collections such as consolidation and repair - lining - de-ling and re-ling
 Carrying out traditional and advanced tensioning processes on textile support on works from
the Gallery’s collections
 Carrying out comparative analyses on structural conservation treatments in the Gallery’s
collection of works on textile support.
 Carrying out scientific analysis and develop further collaboration with technical analysts and
 Developing research and test series on traditional and modern structural treatment
 Identify risks and deterioration of works on textile support and refine preventative measures.

In addition the junior conservator will:
 Survey selected works on textile support from the Gallery’s collections
 Convey scientific and technical information to the conservation and scientific communities,
and disseminate scientific research to non-technical audiences
 Provide and up-date conservation documentation on all treatments undertaken
 Creating and developing the project’s data cataloguing platform and contribute to the curation
of the Gallery’s publication on the project’s research and treatments
 Support the Conservation Department in creating further educational resources for
dissemination, such as getting involved in the creation of online project content and organising
project study days and workshops
 Giving talks and lectures, contributing to articles for publication and the Gallery’s programming
in audience engagement

The successful candidate will have:
 A recognised qualification in Painting Conservation
 Conservation experience, preferably in a museum environment
 Familiarity with traditional and/or modern structural conservation techniques of works with
textile support
 Proven research and analytical skills and attention to detail
 An ability to work on own initiative while being part of an effective team
 A positive approach to working in the Gallery and demonstrated enthusiasm towards raising
awareness about the preservation and conservation activities in a Conservation Department
 A keen interest in working with a range of different museum professionals and collaborating
with fellow conservators and colleagues
 Proficiency in MS Office packages and databases

Note: This job description is a guide to broad areas of development and should not be regarded
as a comprehensive listing. All employees are required to be compliant with the Gallery screening
and security procedures.

Candidates must be eligible to work in Ireland.

How to apply: Please upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Candidates should note that
panels may be formed from which future positions may be filled.
Candidates are required to submit a portfolio with four examples of documented research and
structural conservation treatments of works on textile support in PDF Format