Exterior, 'Home Economics', Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 © Cristiano Corte
9 June 2017
The British Council’s Visual Arts and Architecture Design Fashion (ADF) teams are seeking a Senior Project Manager for the British Pavilion at the Venice Art and Architecture Biennales. The successful candidate will ensure that both the Art and Architecture exhibitions at the British Pavilion in Venice, associated press and marketing campaigns and the Venice Fellowships Programme are delivered to the highest possible standard, within budget and to schedule.
Since 1937 the British Council has organised exhibitions at the British Pavilion in Venice. This includes overseeing the process of selecting artists and architects chosen to exhibit, producing accompanying publications, events, press and marketing campaigns and managing the day to day running of the British Pavilion as well as preserving the historic building itself. In 2014 the British Council created the Venice Fellowships programme to offer students, artists and architects the opportunity to spend a month at the Biennale conducting research alongside the exhibition.
Some of the main opportunities/challenges include:
- Ensuring the work of the Venice team aligns to the Corporate Plan and Arts Vision, and the projects run smoothly and to plan, working alongside Director Exhibitions and Director Architecture, Design and Fashion to achieve this.
- Responsible for ensuring that the Venice Project team is efficiently managed, especially in the areas of project structure, relationship management, budget tracking, project reporting and evaluation.
- Identifying potential areas for cost savings through long term contracts and partnerships and ensure that clear processes are in place to deliver all aspects of exhibitions and building management finding efficient working models that are compliant.
- Ensuring that the British Council’s activity in Venice represents the full breadth and diversity of the UK art and architecture sector, and that opportunities to improve access, visibility, profile and reach are fully explored.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:
- Good, wide knowledge of contemporary British art and architecture and evidence of the ability to make critical judgements across genres.
- An excellent network of contacts across the UK visual arts and architecture sector.
- A proven track record of project managing large scale complex projects and exhibitions involving a variety of stakeholders.
- Proven exceptional negotiation and relationship management skills
- Experience of managing large teams in a complex matrix including formal line management
In the Visual Arts and Architecture Design Fashion teams we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary art and design sectors to advise and support our international colleagues on working with art and design within cultural relations programmes and provide a link to the UK. Together we develop projects to encourage showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange. We work in partnership with artists, designers and curators to build relationships between the visual arts and architecture, design and fashion communities in the UK and around the world.
The British Council was founded to create ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes we use to do this are wide-ranging and cover the arts, education, English, science and society.