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The Hepworth Wakefield has welcomed over 2.3 million visitors since opening in May 2011 and is now firmly established as a major local, national and international attraction, winning Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2017.

The gallery presents acclaimed major exhibitions of the best international modern and contemporary art. It is also home to Wakefield’s important and growing collection of modern British and contemporary art. In August 2019 we opened The Hepworth Wakefield Garden. Designed by internationally renowned designer Tom Stuart-Smith, it features several sculptures, and is free for all to enjoy. This year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary with Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life, the largest exhibition since the artist’s death in 1975.

The Hepworth Wakefield is committed to improving diversity and tackling systemic racism within our organisation and we require all our employees to share and deliver on this commitment. We have adapted our recruitment practices to help us achieve this by:

  • Ensuring our jobs are widely advertised to reach a diverse range of applicants
  • Using an anonymised application process for shortlisting where possible
  • Delivering unconscious bias training for all staff
  • Delivering equality & diversity training for all staff
  • Applying positive action where legal and appropriate
  • Actively monitoring the diversity of our applicants
  • Ensuring our Job Descriptions are inclusive
  • Ensuring shortlisting and interview panels are as diverse as possible

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented within the arts sector.

The Hepworth Wakefield is  Disability Confident Committed and we have pledged to ensure that  disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations within our organisation. As part of this commitment, any applicants who identify as disabled and meet the minimum criteria will be offered an interview. If you require any reasonable adjustments for any part of the recruitment process, please contact Alexa Becker.

We know we have a lot of work to do to improve the diversity of the team at The Hepworth Wakefield, if you have any feedback on any of our recruitment practices please contact Alexa Becker.  Please help us to monitor our progress by filling in an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form (see below) and returning it with your application form.

We value all our staff and their commitment to driving our success.

Benefits for contracted staff include:

  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising by a day after each year of service in your first three years up to 28 days
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption entitlements
  • Enhanced sick pay entitlements
  • Employee Assistance Programme offering confidential support services for you and your immediate family
  • Occupational Health Service
  • Free eye tests run by Specsavers
  • Group Pension Plan run by Royal London, including an employer contribution of up to 6%
  • Staff discount in the shop and café
  • Hybrid working, combining office based work with working from home, for appropriate roles

If you would like to join our highly motivated and successful team please see our current vacancies below.

Vacancies

Future Collect – Open Call for Year 2 Artist

iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and The Hepworth Wakefield are excited to announce an open call for expressions of interest from artists of African and/or Asian descent, British born or based, to undertake a major new commission.

The commission is offered through Future Collect, a partnership project initiated by iniva to reimagine the future of public collections at major art galleries and museums in the UK. The Hepworth Wakefield is iniva’s partner for the second year of Future Collect, which was established in 2019 with generous support from Art Fund, Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Future Collect has three key aims:

  • To produce outstanding new artwork by an artist of African and Asian descent, British born or based, to be subsequently accessioned into museum and gallery collections to better reflect the breadth of contemporary British society.
  • To transform curatorial practice around commissioning within major British art galleries and museums.
  • To cultivate a new generation of young people and their families to be self-assured visitors to galleries and museums.

The new work will be displayed at The Hepworth Wakefield in spring 2022 and will then be acquired by the gallery and accessioned into its collection. As well as giving an opportunity for an artist to be collected and exhibited by a major British institution, the commission will contribute to a wider public debate on collections and whose heritage is being preserved. A public programme will be developed with input from the artist, which underpins the critical context for the commission, accessing the specialist collection at the Stuart Hall Library through artist-focused study days and reaching the wider visual arts sector through curator days and a conference.

For more information and details of how to apply please read Iniva-THW FC Artist Call Out.

Curatorial Researcher

£30,000 per annum (15,000 pro rata)
2 x part-time 18.5 hours per week posts or 1 x full-time 37 hours per week post depending on the candidate – please specify on your application how many hours you would prefer
1-year fixed term contract

In September 2021 The Hepworth Wakefield will host a year-long research project, in collaboration with art historian Griselda Pollock and sculptor Lorna Green titled, Hepworth’s Progeny: Generations of Women in Sculpture in Britain — Lives, Work, Careers and Social Change 1960-2021. We are seeking two researchers to expand and take forward Lorna Green’s study, completed in 1990, of 300 women working in the expanding field of sculpture. One researcher will revisit the original group of sculptors to compare their subsequent careers and views with findings from the original study. The second post will identify a group of contemporary women working in sculpture for a comparable investigation. Both posts will research the experience of women sculptors, attentive to the entanglements of gender, ethnicity, race, class, sexuality, and neurosensory diversity, age and location, and any other factors shaping the sculptors’ creative and professional lives, their aesthetic choices in forms/modes/materiality in their work, and their experiences of grants, exhibitions, and critical reception. Through questionnaires and selected in-depth interviews, the two researchers will generate and then analyse the data, using a recognised qualitative research methodology such as Grounded Theory Method. This will result in a published report and potentially research publication, and an exhibition to be held at The Hepworth Wakefield presenting the results.

The research is funded by a donation from the Holberg Prize awarded to Griselda Pollock in 2020 for her work in feminist studies in the visual arts and art history and to foster extended research in this field. The project will be guided by an Advisory Board of Griselda Pollock, Lorna Green, THW Curator Eleanor Clayton, sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp and independent art historian Dr. Alice Correia.

For a job description and details of how to apply please see below.

Deadline for applications 5pm on Monday 5 July 2021
Interviews will be held over Zoom on Friday 23 July 2021

Curatorial Researcher JD June 2021

Commercial Events Manager

£26,000 per annum
37 hours per week – including some weekends and evenings
Permanent

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Commercial Events Manager to grow the business and ensure the smooth planning and delivery of all bookings, overseeing every aspect of delivery. The Hepworth Wakefield’s commercial events operation provides vital income to ensure the gallery’s continued viability and sustainability.  The gallery and garden provide a unique venue for weddings, private and corporate events, outdoor events, filming, and photoshoots.

For a job description and details of how to apply please see below.

Deadline for applications 9am on Tuesday 22 June 2021
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 29 June 2021

Commercial Events Manager JD

Chief Operating Officer

£55,000 – £65,000 per annum, pro rata
Full-time, 37 hours per week, although flexible working will be considered including part-time (minimum 29.6 hours), compressed hours and flexible hours / days
Permanent

We are seeking a creative and collaborative Chief Operating Officer to build on our achievements to date and ensure that The Hepworth Wakefield is appropriately and sustainably resourced into the future. This new key senior role will lead on our business planning, financial and IT strategies, and oversee the financial management and performance of the organisation. The role will ensure the best possible growth and combination between our commercial and fundraised income, and our Arts Council England grant and Wakefield Council funding.

For a job description and details of how to apply please see below.

Deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday 29 June 2021
Interviews will take place week commencing 19 July 2021

COO JD May 2021

Shop Manager

£22,000 per annum
37 hours per week – including some weekends
Permanent

The Hepworth Wakefield’s retail offer provides vital income to The Hepworth Wakefield ensuring the gallery’s continued viability and sustainability. We are seeking a Shop Manager to lead our dynamic and energetic retail team and to manage the day to day running of the gallery retail operations which operates both onsite and online. With relevant experience of managing or supervising a customer facing, sales driven team, preferably in a busy visitor attraction, they will need to take a positive ‘hands on’ approach while meeting sales targets, ensuring a viable and profitable offer is in place.

For a job description and details of how to apply please see below.

Deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday 22 June 2021
Interviews dates TBC

Shop Manager JD May 2021

Shop Supervisor

£18,500 pro rata
21 hours per week – to include weekend days on a rota basis
Permanent

The Hepworth Wakefield’s retail offer provides vital income to The Hepworth Wakefield ensuring the gallery’s continued viability and sustainability. We are seeking a Shop Supervisor to work as part of our dynamic and energetic retail team, assisting the Shop Manager with the day to day running of the gallery shop and online shop. With relevant customer services experience, preferably gained in a retail environment, you need to be reliable, flexible and able to lead a well-informed, motivated sales team who positively contribute to The Hepworth Wakefield’s culture of excellent customer service.

For a job description and details of how to apply please see below.

Deadline for applications is 9am on Thursday 24 June 2021
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 30 June 2021

Shop Supervisor JD May 21

Casual Events and Bar Assistant

£8.91 per hour

The Hepworth Wakefield is a high quality and unique wedding and event venue. We are seeking Casual Events and Bar Assistants to support the delivery of these events and work behind a bar.  You will be responsible for ensuring every guest has the best experience and customer service, from greeting them on arrival to serving drinks. You will be an outgoing, friendly and confident individual who is passionate about creating a welcoming and impressive guest experience.

This role is offered on a casual basis, as and when required. Most events take place in the evening and at weekends.

Application deadline is 9am on Thursday 24 June 2021

Casual Events and Bar Assistant JD May 21

Café Assistant 

£8.91 per hour
2 x part-time contracts – 24 hours or 32 hours per week
Permanent

The Gallery Café reopened at the end of May with an exciting new menu using locally sourced and seasonal produce.

We are now looking for professional and friendly café assistants who takes pride in delivering great customer service while maintaining high standards of presentation throughout the café. You will have a passion for food and drink and will thrive working under pressure in a busy environment. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV to recruitment@hepworthwakefield.org and confirm how many hours you are interested in.

Cafe Assistant JD

Lead Barista

£9.87 per hour
35 hours per week
Permanent

The Gallery Café reopened at the end of May with an exciting new menu using locally sourced and seasonal produce.

We are now looking for a friendly, hardworking barista, who loves people, coffee, and great food.

You will work closely with the Catering Manager, to ensure a joined-up approach to providing a great experience for customers. You will be required to make coffees to the highest possible standard, including basic latte art skills, and you will be expected to welcome and look after every customer who visits our cafés. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV to recruitment@hepworthwakefield.org.

Lead Barista JD April 201

Barista

£9.30 per hour
Full and part time roles available
Permanent

The Gallery Café reopened at the end of May with an exciting new menu using locally sourced and seasonal produce.

We are now looking for a friendly, hardworking barista, who loves people, coffee, and great food.

You will be required to make coffees to the highest possible standard, including basic latte art skills, and you will be expected to welcome and look after every customer who visits our cafés. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV to recruitment@hepworthwakefield.org.

Barista JD April 2021

How to apply

Our team is bold, open and we embrace innovation. Our Mission is to create experiences that inspire, captivate, surprise and enhance everyone’s lives. Read our Vision, Mission and Values

If you fit this description and would like to apply for one of our  jobs please complete an application form. We promote diversity and equal opportunities, please help us to monitor this by filling in an equal opportunities monitoring form.

Your completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form should be sent to recruitment@hepworthwakefield.org.

Please ensure forms are sent as Word documents only.

Alternatively, please post your forms to Alexa Becker, The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, WF1 5AW.