West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Lead Art Technician (Ref:19111)

31/12/2019
Hong Kong Island (Cyberport Office)




(Candidate with less experience may be considered for the post of Art Technician)

The purpose of the Installations and Displays team is carry out to the highest international standards the installation and construction needs of M+ Museum in West Kowloon Cultural District. It involves fulfilling duties in all the technical aspects of art handling and installations, from storage, packing, transportation to mount making and exhibition production. With an exhibition space over 15,000 square meters, M+ Museum will be one of the largest and most visually exciting contemporary museums for art and visual culture anywhere in the world.

We are establishing a team of highly trained and professional Lead Art Technician and Art Technicians. You will be expected to possess a vast understanding and experience of museum installation and technician work and be motivated to join a team committed to producing world class exhibitions of quality and prominence. Working across multiple venues in Hong Kong and abroad, this is an exciting opportunity to be part of something very unique - the birth of a new museum.   

 

You will be responsible for:

  • supervising and leading teams of art technicians and casual/contract art technicians on installing, packing/unpacking, transporting and storing artworks across M+ sites and external commercial storage facilities to international conservation best practice standards;
  • ensuring the safe handling of a wide variety of works of art and adhering to the principles and practices of safety heath and environment practices in accordance with the WKCDA policies, as well as complying with manual handling guidelines, including the operation of the fork-lift, scissor lift and other tools and equipment necessary to carry out duties;
  • supporting Senior Manager of Installations and Displays in the  forward  planning and scheduling of Art Technician teams assigned to dedicated projects at M+ Museum, in accordance with the project timelines and budgets;
  • supporting risk assessments and review of safe working methods for specific tasks relating to installation, workshop, mount making and storage practices, including the investigation and implementation of improvements to working practices, techniques and procedures;
  • inspecting works of art prior to handling and reporting any suspected damage or deterioration in condition to the Senior Manager of Installations and Displays, the Registrar and the relevant Conservator;
  • participating  and assisting Registration with the staffing and collection movements in  art  storage areas prior to and  following  the  handover of the M+ building by Project Control;
  • keeping abreast of  international museum best practice methods and procedures for art handling and exhibition production by liaising with colleagues and external professional colleagues and bodies;
  • ensuring equipment  is  maintained  in a  serviceable  order,  and conducting  regular inventories of tool trollies and packing materials and reporting any equipment problems or supply requirements to the Senior Manager, Installations and Displays; and
  • ensuring that records are created and managed according to the Collection Management policy and procedures to international best practice standards.

You should:

  • possess at least 5 subjects at Level 2/Grade E or above in the HKDSEE/HKCEE or equivalent academic qualification, and
  1. A minimum of 6 years (for Lead Art Technician or 3 years for Art Technician) of full-time technical experience in art handling and installation in a museum or gallery or other art and cultural organisation operating to international standards of best practice with demonstrable experience in installation, packing/storage, transportation  and exhibition productions such as mount making, crate making and general construction knowledge; OR 
  2. At least an accredited Advanced Diploma or Bachelor in Fine Arts or equivalent technical qualification from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum of 4 years of relevant working experience in art handling and installation in a museum or gallery or other art and cultural organisation (for Lead Art Technician or 2 years for Art Technician); OR
  3. Applicants with a recognised university degree in engineering, or trade based background, with a minimum of 2 years of relevant working experience with expressive interest on working in the museum sector may be considered for the position of Art Technician.
  • have proven experience and excellent expertise in the technical methods of handling, packing/unpacking, moving, transporting and storing irreplaceable works of art of all medium to international conservation best practice standards;
  • possess demonstratable experience and ability to safely operate forklifts, scissor lifts, and other tools and equipment specific to a required task. A class forklift license, a scissor lift operating ticket and a valid Hong Kong driving license would be an advantage;
  • demonstrate knowledge and a sound understanding of the principles and practices of risk management, occcupational health & safety and manual handling and the ability to apply them to Museum work practices;
  • be able to liaise with stakeholders, use analytical and conceptual skills to reason through problems, identify and propose workable solutions to problems with creative ideas;
  • have experience of training art handling teams on technical skills and methods for a safe work environment for staff and collection and the correct use and maintenance of equipment, as well as scheduling and supervising staff and casual labours;
  • demonstrate ability in understanding building/construction plans, CAD and exhibition design drawings, and understanding of modern art handling techniques with practical knowledge and experience of creating and interpreting of technical drawings, specifications and design documentation;
  • be computer literate in MS Office suite including Outlook and Excel, preferably with knowledge in creating and interpreting of technical drawings, specifications and design documentation with programs such as AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Cloud; and
  • have proficiency in written and spoken English and Chinese.



For interested parties, please submit your application with detailed CV on or before 4 August 2019. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.  The review of applications will continue until the post is filled.

Data collected will only be used for job application processing. Your data may be accessed by our appointed recruitment consultants who have agreed to keep confidence of all personal data in not less than the standards applicable to us. Applicants not being invited for interview within 4 weeks from the submission date may assume their applications unsuccessful.

All related information will be kept up to 24 months and all personal data will be destroyed afterwards.

For more information

http://www.westkowloon.hk or contact

Ms. Yvonne Yung at 2200-0013



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