Paper Conservator for Heritage Conservation Centre

Employer: 
Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC)
Job location: 
Singapore
Contract type: 
Full-time
Application deadline: 
Friday, 13 October, 2017

The successful candidate would be based at Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC), where it is the main repository of the national collection under the custodianship of the National Heritage Board (NHB), Singapore. The conservator would be expected to contribute to the smooth operation and delivery of exhibitions, projects and events of museums and institutions under NHB, including National Gallery Singapore under the Visual Arts Cluster (VAC) of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) by assisting in conservation related tasks and activities (operational and administrative) in accordance with institutional procedures and project timelines.
The main work location would be at HCC, a purpose-built facility that houses the National Collection and fully fledged conservation and conservation science laboratories. HCC carries out collections management function and conservation services. He or she would be required to work on-site at the museums and Gallery when the need arises.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

* Carries out conservation assessments, documentation and treatments on artworks and artefacts according to HCC procedures, instructions and guidelines for exhibits, loans and events for museums and institutions under NHB, such as the National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Peranakan Museum, Heritage Institutions and for the National Gallery, under the VAC.
* Involves in preventive work such as mounting and framing, recommending environmental settings for short or long term display of artefacts/artworks.
* Provides advice on transport, handling and display requirements whenever necessary.
* Performs and assists in exhibition related tasks such as packing/unpacking for installation/de-installation.
* Participates and performs administrative duties in the paper section, ranging from coordinating meetings, preparing agendas, minutes of meetings, report writing, operational procedures and any procurement as assigned by the head of paper section.
* Any other ad-hoc duties and projects assigned.
* May be involved in conservation study or research projects.

Requirements:

* Possesses a recognized degree (bachelor's or honours) or a Master's degree in Conservation, with a minimum of 6 to 8 years of relevant work experience in as a full time staff either on a permanent or contract basis.
* Possesses the ability to carry out comprehensive treatments with a high degree of manual dexterity and aesthetic sensitivity.
* Familiarity and experience with cultural materials in South East Asia and/or Chinese paintings, as well as modern and contemporary artworks will be advantageous.
* Possesses initiative with ability to multi-task, organise and prioritise work in given timeline.
* Possesses a wide exposure in handling multi-cultural materials with sensitivity and demonstrate relevance in making sound contextual judgements in applying conservation principles and practices.
* Possesses the ability to work unsupervised as well as being a cooperative member of staff.
* Possesses the ability to adapt in a multi-lingual and multi-racial environment.
* Keeps updated with current conservation development through self-directed learning and training. Evidence of continual professional development is strongly desirable.

Please send your detailed CV to careers@nationalgallery.sg. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.