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Art gallery curator

Alternative titles for this job include

Art gallery curators manage collections of paintings and objects.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends flexibly

How to become

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How to become an art gallery curator

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • artistic reputation


You'll often need a degree in a relevant subject like fine art or art history.

You might also find it useful to have a postgraduate qualification in museum and gallery studies, or in a particular style or period of art.

Paid or unpaid work experience in a gallery, museum or heritage property is usually essential to apply for courses and jobs.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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You may be able to start by doing an advanced apprenticeship in heritage and cultural operations.

This could lead into gallery assistant or gallery educator jobs. With further training and several years' experience, you could apply for curator roles.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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You could work as an assistant curator, conservator or education manager before becoming a gallery curator.

Other Routes

You may be invited to guest curate a gallery, if you're an artist with an established reputation in the art world.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Museums Association for professional development and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about getting into the museum sector from the Museums Association.

You can also find out more about working in related careers from Discover Creative Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • an interest and knowledge of history
  • business management skills
  • knowledge of how to teach and engage learners
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you might:

  • research, identify and catalogue the art collection
  • make sure paintings and other items are stored in the right conditions
  • organise displays and exhibitions
  • answer visitors' questions or give talks to groups or school parties
  • train or supervise other gallery or museum staff and volunteers
  • find ways of attracting visitors to the gallery
  • negotiate funding and the loan of works of art
  • be responsible for the safety and security of the artworks

Working environment

You could work in a museum or at an art gallery.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could work in galleries ranging from very small independent galleries to large public sector and national institutions, like the National or Tate Gallery.

You could also work in a university gallery, or curate large companies' collections.

You would usually have more opportunities for promotion if you worked in a large gallery.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Art History A

  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Camden

History of Art A level

  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: CAMBRIDGE

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