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Head of Exhibitions

Open for applications until 23 July

The Whitworth, part of the University of Manchester, is looking for a new Head of Collections and Exhibitions to join us at an exciting point in the gallery’s transformation, as we embark on a new chapter of our history.

For the last three years, the gallery has been evolving a new mission and vision as a cultural institution dedicated to the use of art in processes of social change. This has been given added focus and renewed urgency during a global pandemic, a moment that has exposed many inequalities and injustices, renewing our ambition to establish the Whitworth as a place for people and ideas, to generate collective solutions, imbued with care and consideration.

We are looking for someone to bring drive and enthusiasm to join the team at a leadership level and help lead the organisation into an ever more relevant and people focussed future. Someone who will bring a diversity of experience and knowledge, and a determination to collaboratively build an innovative, inclusive and purposeful programme aligned to our values and vision.

You will play a significant role in advancing our work and passion around art and culture in a social context and support the active role museums play within Anti-racist action, social justice, decolonisation, access and accessibility, environmental sustainability, and health and education.

If you are excited by what we could create together, we’d love to hear from you.

We are proud of and actively celebrate Manchester’s rich diversity and believe our teams should reflect our communities and visitors. Be that age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion or sexual orientation. Simply, we have a deep belief that inclusion and diversity create a more inspiring environment to work in, where people are treated with respect and can be comfortable being themselves.

We provide adjustments for individuals during the recruitment process and flexibility throughout your working career so you can be at your best.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Blended working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews
Name: Alistair Hudson
Email: alistair.hudson@manchester.ac.uk

General enquiries
Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk

Technical support
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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date: 23 July 2021

Please click this link to visit the University's Jobs page for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria. 


Reference details
Job reference: CIX-016982
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 23/07/2021
Salary: £52,559 to £62,727 per annum (depending on experience)
Employment type: Permanent
Faculty/Organisation: Cultural Institutions
The Whitworth, The University of Manchester
Hours per week: full time
Contract Duration: Permanent


As we are part of The University of Manchester, all vacancies will be advertised on its jobs board. Select and search ’Library & Cultural Institutions’ to find details of Whitworth vacancies.


Image: Come & Share event, 2018
Part of Four Corners of One Cloth: Textiles from the Islamic World. The Whitworth, The University of Manchester
Photo: David Oates