Conservator

Julia Nagle Conservation is seeking a Conservator

Organisation
Julia Nagle Conservation Ltd

Location
1 Neville Place, London, N22

Job type
Permanent, Full-time

Salary
£33,000 (may vary subject to experience)

Posted on
17.11.2021

End date
19.12.2021

 

Start Date:       January 2022

Hours:             37.5 per week

 

Summary

Julia Nagle Conservation Ltd, a London based studio specialising in the conservation of modern and contemporary art, is seeking a full-time conservator, available immediately.  This position offers potential for professional growth through teamwork, varied and challenging treatments, publications, and presentations at conferences.

The applicant must be a graduate of a recognised conservation training programme.  A strong interest in and knowledge of modern and contemporary art is required.  The position is offered on a permanent basis with final salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please email a letter of interest, C.V. contact for three professional references, two sample treatment reports and a summary of treated works to [email protected] by 19th December 2021.

 

Background

Julia Nagle Conservation provides specialist knowledge of twentieth century and contemporary art, conserving and restoring paintings and painted surfaces. We bring museum style conservation services to private collectors, artists, insurers, commercial galleries and public institutions worldwide and are the official conservators for Frieze Masters and Frieze London Art Fairs.

 

Role Summary and Key Responsibilities

The candidate should have a demonstrable interest in the treatment of modern and contemporary paintings and painted surfaces and exhibit excellent hand and problem-solving skills. The ability to work to tight deadlines, perform treatments quickly yet carefully and collaborate with a team of conservators and support staff is essential. The candidate should be able to perform detailed examination of the materials, structure, and condition of paintings and undertake all aspects of assessing and treating works of art in a busy commercial studio. They will be expected to provide treatment recommendations, including estimating the time required accurately.

 

Main Activities

  • Accurately assess and document the condition of artworks
  • Provide time estimates for treatment
  • Design and execute treatments, including cleaning and structural repair of artworks that meet recognised conservation standards; be willing to research and use innovative solutions to solve complex problems
  • Organise, manage time and plan to meet deadlines and be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously  
  • Supervise a graduate intern and manage freelancers as required
  • Produce clear, well-constructed and comprehensive condition reports, treatment proposals and estimates, including photographic documentation
  • Create and participate in the regular maintenance of all JNC Studio records
  • Work on-site to assess artworks and carry out treatments
  • Provide advice to clients, artists, and stakeholders on conservation issues
  • Participate in research, including into artworks, artists, treatments and new technologies, and produce publications and lectures on behalf of JNC
  • Support studio activity and implement Health & Safety measures

 

Person Specific

Essential

  • Post-graduate qualification from an internationally recognised conservation programme
  • Minimum of three years demonstrable practical experience
  • Strong organisational skills with the proven ability to prioritise
  • Desire and ability to work effectively in teams
  • A well-developed visual and intellectual sensibility to artworks and a strong interest in their technique and conservation
  • Ability to propose and execute treatments in line with the highest professional standards and informed by scientific and technical collaborative input
  • Capability to work well under pressure
  • Flexible and responsive
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication (in English) and interpersonal skills with experience of confident and effective communication
  • Ability to explain conservation issues and the results of technical examinations to non-specialists and a willingness to write and lecture about these subjects
  • Working knowledge of and ability to work in accordance with ICON’s professional standards and ethics
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with colleagues, within a diverse team and treat all colleagues with dignity and respect
  • An interest in and commitment to the work of JNC Ltd
  • Self-motivated with a high level of initiative
  • Good IT skills, including Microsoft Office and Photoshop

Desirable

  • Experience in treating modern and contemporary works
  • Some knowledge of pigment identification, interpretation of cross sections and analysis of organic natural products
  • Professionally accredited or working towards professional accreditation

 

Benefits

  • Government approved stakeholder pension scheme
  • 20-days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Training
  • Support with professional accreditation

Please email a letter of interest, C.V. contact for three professional references, two sample treatment reports and a summary of treated works to [email protected] by 19th December 2021.