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Exhibition officer - Museum/Gallery

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Exhibition Designer
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Plans, organises and arranges the display of permanent or touring exhibitions in an art gallery or museum, to improve the viewer's experience.


The Work header image

A museum or gallery exhibitions officer is responsible for planning, organising, administering and producing, individual permanent or touring exhibitions.

This is largely a project management role. In larger museums and galleries, exhibitions officers may be specialists working alongside a team of curatorial, educational and marketing professionals.

In smaller venues, the role can involve taking part in lots of different jobs, including curatorial work.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Examine objects to be included in exhibits in order to plan where and how to display them.

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Acquire, or arrange for acquisition of, specimens or graphics required to complete exhibits.

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Prepare rough drafts and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.

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Confer with clients and staff in order to gather information about exhibit space, proposed themes and content, timelines, budgets, materials, and/or promotion requirements.

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Estimate set- or exhibit-related costs including materials, construction, and rental of props or locations.

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Develop set designs based on evaluation of scripts, budgets, research information, and available locations.

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Direct and coordinate construction, erection, or decoration activities in order to ensure that sets or exhibits meet design, budget, and schedule requirements.

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Inspect installed exhibits for conformance to specifications, and satisfactory operation of special effects components.

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Plan for location-specific issues such as space limitations, traffic flow patterns, and safety concerns.

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Submit plans for approval, and adapt plans to serve intended purposes, or to conform to budget or fabrication restrictions.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Fine Arts:  Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Entry Routesheader image

Degree areas that relate to museum collections are a good starting points from which to build a museum career.

Subjects such as history, art history, archaeology, natural sciences and anthropology are typical of many employees working in museums. Universities and higher education colleges countrywide offer numerous courses and some provide distance-learning.

Check the Services Directory section of the IMA website and search for 'Training' for a full list of opportunities.

Placements, Internships, Volunteering

Some schools and colleges make arrangements with museums, galleries and other venues, for undergraduate/graduate students to go on placements and gain work experience. This is an invaluable way to find out the type of work that takes place in museums and whether you might like a job in this area. 

Qualified school leavers can find work in museums as gallery attendants or shop staff. But for any type of specialist work, it is necessary to have a degree, or a museum/heritage diploma, and potentially, post-graduate qualifications.

Graduate opportunities

The museum sector is becoming increasingly professionalised and there are graduate and post graduate programmes available both in Ireland and abroad, combining both campus based and distance learning options.

Some museums and galleries in Ireland and overseas offer graduate internship programmes of between three months and a year. Most of these training programmes are unpaid and cover many different roles within the museum. In general, interested applicants must make an application in writing to the museum, usually followed by an interview. Individual museum websites carry details of their internships and application procedures.

Volunteering: an excellent way to gain experience in the museum environment (and support your local museum!) is to volunteer your time. Some institutions have formal programmes through which you may volunteer as a museum docent, visitor services assistant, or other roles. Others accept informal enquiries as to volunteer opportunities.

Graduate Programmes specialising in museum studies include:

UCD (MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management)

WIT (MA in Arts & Heritage Management)

Last Updated: November, 2016


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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Content Developer - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Exhibition Designer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Exhibition designer - from:  GradIreland
Go..Exhibition organiser/event manager - from:  GradIreland

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Organisation: Irish Museums Association
  Address: 11, Parnell Square East, Dublin, 1
  Tel: (01) 873 4216
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Organisation: National Museum of Ireland
  Address: Kildare Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 677 7444
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Organisation: National Gallery of Ireland
  Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 661 5133
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