Curator (Public Program)

  • Job Reference: 00005528-1
  • Date Posted: 12 June 2024
  • Recruiter: Barbican
  • Location: London
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £41,360 to £46,050
  • Sector: Advert / Media / Entertainment
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Job Description

The Barbican aims to be London’s creative catalyst for curiosity, arts and enterprise. We aim to spark creative possibilities and transformation for artists, audiences, and communities. We strive to be inclusive and sustainable, championing equity and opportunity, connected to our communities, daring in our approach to arts and education.

Creative Collaboration

The Creative Collaboration department is at the heart of the Barbican’s engagement with its communities, breaking down traditional arts boundaries and contributing to a diverse artistic programme.

Creative Collaboration aims to be a catalyst for the Barbican’s artistic vision, working across the centre with a multi-artform approach using all venues and spaces. The department champions interdisciplinary work that connects new audiences to the Barbican, engaging with creatives, participants and users that reflect the rich diversity of London.

The role

Are you able to spark creative possibilities and transformations for young people, communities, audiences, and emerging artists?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Curator – Public Programmes focusing on developing public programmes that address the conversations, creative practices and cultures that connect or fall between the Barbican's established artforms. Complementing the Barbican's seasons and shows, the programme will bring critical, imaginative, and new perspectives.

The role will respond to the Barbican's programme and strategic framework with intentional and inspiring art events. You will be responsible for engaging new audiences and ways of thinking about culture that enrich the centre; attracting and increasing its reach to develop younger, diverse arts audiences to the Barbican.

Working closely with the Lead Producer and Head of Creative Collaboration, you will develop, coordinate, and deliver high-quality events, and will have a good knowledge, experience, and networks across contemporary art forms.

Essential requirements

  • Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate:
  • A good knowledge of art and design, and a strong network both national and international.
  • Excellent understanding of cross arts practice in literature, cinema, music, visual arts.
  • Significant experience of conceiving and delivering innovative arts experiences.
  • Experience of working with artists to deliver innovative public programmes and participatory experiences.
  • Experience of managing creatives
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills with ability to broker and manage effective partnerships.
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills with ability to plan and deliver multiple projects.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire and relate to all levels of professional practitioners in the arts sector is essential.
  • Ability to set up and manage budgets.
  • Able to demonstrate a curatorial focus in either literature, contemporary and digital culture, visual arts.

As part of our commitment to increasing the diversity of staff within the Barbican, we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from groups that are currently underrepresented, including people from the Global Majority* and D/deaf and disabled people. We want to better reflect and understand the communities we exist to serve. We are members of the Disability Confident Scheme and guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who would like to be considered under this scheme and who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role. If you are a disabled person and need adjustments to the application process, please contact us.

*Global Majority is a collective term that refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or, have been racialised as 'ethnic minorities'.


Barbican offers a wide range of staff benefits including a great pension scheme, season ticket, cycle to work scheme, free access to museums and galleries, tickets to Barbicans shows, discounts on retail, healthcare and on-site cafes and restaurants. You’ll have access to our Employee Assistance Programme, trained Mental Health First aiders and City of London as well as Barbican staff networks.

How to apply

To apply, please click on the apply button.

If there are any issues with the application process, please contact the Barbican Careers team at

Closing date is Wednesday 19 June at 23:59hrs.

Expected interview dates between 1-3 July

Please note that we are unable to accept late applications.