Freelance Curator Opportunity

Tue 30 Apr 2024

The Hub is seeking a freelance curator to support the development of its summer/autumn exhibition, Paperwork, which opens in July 2024.

Exhibition Information:

Paperwork will bring together works from a selected group of 14 craftspeople who use paper as a primary medium or as an intrinsic part of their process, all of whom have developed their practice through specialist craft training and education supported by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST).

Through the skills of the makers, the exhibition will showcase the versatility of paper as a material, and explore the breadth of its creative and practical potential. The show will consider our continuing relationship with this tactile medium in the age of digital technology, and its enduring usefulness.

With the support of QEST, the practitioners in this exhibition have pushed technical boundaries, working with two and three dimensions, alongside preserving traditional skills, and developing their own aesthetic language.

The show will also include new work co-curated and commissioned by young people, working together with the Hub and QEST teams.

Requirements & Responsibilities:

The concept and artworks for the exhibition have been agreed between the Hub and QEST.

The Freelance Curator will lead on the curation and interpretation aspects of Paperwork, bringing the exhibition to life for a wide audience in an impactful and creative way.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To work with the Hub Director, and wider team to deliver the Paperwork exhibition on time, within budget & to the highest standard
  • Consult and liaise with the 14 selected artists to agree final artworks for the exhibition
  • Co-ordinate the installation and display requirements of each artwork and work with the Hub team to arrange display furniture, logistics and installation specifics
  • Liaising with the Hub Director, create a detailed plan for the exhibition including the thematic arrangement of the artworks
  • Plan the installation schedule ensuring the exhibition is ready to open on 19 July
  • Liaise with the Hub Director and exhibition graphic designer to create a design concept for Paperworks
  • Create engaging informative and accessible written content for the exhibition interpretation panels, artist and object information, and exhibition handout
  • Co-ordinate the transportation and safe delivery of artworks and arrange the return transportation
  • Liaise with the Hub’s programming and technical team to manage the safe hanging, installation and presentation of artworks in the gallery
  • Deliver the exhibition on time, on budget and to a high standard
  • Work with the wider Hub team to advise on complementary events, workshops and talks
  • Provide such others services to the project as the Hub may reasonably be expected to deliver the duties within this Agreement

Key Dates:

10-week contract - week commencing Mon 13 May to Fri 19 July 2024

Installation - Wed 8 to Fri 19 July 2024

Exhibition dates - Sat 20 July to Sun 17 November 2024

Preview night - Fri 19 July 6-8pm

Public opening - Sat 20 July

Fees & Application


A total fee of up to £4,500 to include VAT (if applicable) is available for this work. The Freelance Curator is responsible for their own Tax and NI contributions. You should also have your own Public Liability Insurance.

The successful applicant will be responsible for setting their own working schedules and workload in order to meet key deliverables and timelines as advised by the Hub Director.

As a guide we anticipate a requirement of the equivalent of up to 15 days work at £300 per day.

How to apply:

Applicants should send the following documents to

  • A current CV demonstrating your education, work and any previous knowledge and experience of curating or working on exhibitions
  • An introduction to yourself explaining why you are interested in this opportunity and why you think you are suitable for the role

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact or telephone 01529 308710.

Deadline - Sun 12 May 2024

Image credit by Su Blackwell, Uprooting, 2024