July 8, 2019 - Tate Modern - Tate is Seeking three Adjunct Curators
July 8, 2019

Tate Modern


Tate is Seeking three Adjunct Curators

Application deadline: July 15, 2019

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
United Kingdom

T +44 20 7887 8888


The Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational promotes new ways of interpreting and presenting art through the framework of "transnational"; a way of understanding and curating art that encourages the idea that art and its histories are interconnected beyond its country of origin. Integrated within Tate’s curatorial vision, the Centre’s work is manifested in our exhibitions, new acquisitions and collection displays as well as in academic outcomes and public programmes.  We are seeking to appoint Adjunct Curators in:

Africa & African Diaspora
The Adjunct Curator, Africa & African Diaspora provides expertise while remaining within Africa and carrying out research for Tate. The Adjunct Curator will position Africa at the heart of this role and be able to connect the current practices of the continent to diaspora practice across the world.

First Nation and Indigenous Art
The Adjunct Curator, First Nation and Indigenous Art will provide expertise from a relevant location and will promote debates and discussions on the subject within and beyond Tate. This post will be held by a curator or researcher with experience and engagement with Indigenous communities, organisations and institutions, as evidenced in their writings and/or curatorial projects.

The Adjunct Curator, Modernisms will have a specialism in early 20th Century art and multiple modernisms. Art historical revisioning will be at the centre of this role, looking at multiple modern histories and (re)discovering neglected artistic figures of the modern period. Focus areas could include "primitivism," ethnographic museology, representation and the perception of race in modern art, modernist women artists and multiple conceptions of "modernism."


The Adjunct Curators will be experienced curators or researchers of modern and contemporary international art, with a specialist focus in either Africa & African Diaspora, First Nation and Indigenous Art or Modernisms in transnational contexts. The Adjunct Curators will contribute to all aspects of the Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational's programme including research, exhibitions and acquisitions. The Adjunct Curators will work closely and in a collaborative way with colleagues in the Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational, and within the Curatorial department at Tate Modern.

To fulfil this brief, you will need:

-Expert knowledge as well as practical and scholarly involvement in subjects relating to either Africa & African Diaspora, First Nation and Indigenous Art or Modernisms, in transnational and contemporary contexts.
-A track record of publication and research and demonstrable knowledge of the field.
-An established network of contacts, an understanding of the issues surrounding collecting modern and contemporary art for museums.
-Excellent research and writing skills in English, including the capacity to write authoritative texts for specialist readership as well as accessible texts for a general public.
-Demonstrable excellence in verbal communication and presentation and the ability to represent Tate externally.


The freelance contracts will be for 2 years and will attract a fee of GBP 20,000 per annum. 

For further details, please see here.


How to apply:

Please submit a personal statement (no more than 500 words) along with a current CV to htrc.transnational [​at​] tate.org.uk by July 15, 2019.

After a shortlisting process, the final selection of candidates will be invited to an interview on July 18-19, 2019.

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