Working at Serpentine

Working at the Serpentine is a unique experience, with a diverse and exciting range of jobs from curatorial roles to fundraising, marketing, visitor experience, building operations, finance and HR.

Located in the heart of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, we offer the opportunity to work in a creative environment surrounded by art and nature.

We present a contemporary programme of exhibitions and events across two galleries in the park and multiple online projects, as well as the annual Pavilion commission which transforms the Serpentine site each summer. Our committed team welcomes a million visitors each year to the galleries, and a career at the Serpentine will give you the opportunity to get involved and champion our shared vision of free art for all.

At this time, we do not run apprentice schemes, internship programmes or work experience placements. Please do not send speculative CVs or portfolios as we are unable to consider these for any recruitment purposes.

Current vacancies

Senior Editor

This newly created position of Senior Editor at the Serpentine will lead the institution’s efforts in commissioning, producing and editing content – articles, videos, podcasts, and more – that expands the reach and depth of engagement different audiences have with our programmes. This key role creates stories, key messages and plans that are built on insight and are communicated in a consistent, inspiring and responsive way to broaden our audiences.

Reporting to the Chief Producer, this role will be responsible for creating ways of keeping the dialogues between the Serpentine and its various audiences engaged and interactive. Our website and social media channels will evolve into editorial interfaces that function as an extension of the programme. In particular, the Serpentine’s website will extend its history of supporting emerging artists and curatorial innovation, leading critical contemporary dialogue through interdisciplinary programming.

This role will work to align editorial with a new interpretative strategy that reflects our commitment to inclusion, belonging and diversity at the Serpentine, broadening access, engagement and the experience of our visitors in person and online. In response to the programme, this role will manage specific artist-lead projects in collaboration with colleagues across the Serpentine team and external organisations and freelancers.

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To apply, please forward a CV, Equal Opportunities Form and optional Cover Letter by email to: [email protected] with ‘Senior Editor’ in the subject line.

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Sunday 11 October 2020.

We particularly welcome applications from groups whose representation we wish to increase at the Serpentine Galleries, including candidates who identify as people of colour, LGBTQ+, or male, and candidates with visible or hidden disabilities. We want to do this because we know greater diversity will lead to even greater results for the arts, and it is the right thing to do.

 

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Applying for a role

We consider applications on an individual basis, assessing the requirements of the role against the experience and skills demonstrated by each applicant. In your application, please ensure that you outline how you meet the criteria detailed in the Person Specification contained within the Candidate Pack. This will help us get a good understanding of your skills and experience, and how you meet the requirements of the role.

To apply for a role please ensure you complete/submit:

  • CV
  • Covering letter
  • Equal Opportunities Form

to [email protected] with the vacancy title in the subject line before the closing date. We are unable to consider applications sent after the deadline.

If you are shortlisted, you’ll hear from us within a couple of weeks of the closing date, most likely by email. You will be given full details as to the date, time, location and structure of the interview, and who you’ll be meeting on the day, so you know what to expect.

Due to the volume of applicants we are unable to provide feedback at application stage.

We positively welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

If you require a candidate pack in large font or require any adjustment to the recruitment procedure, please email [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you.

All candidate data will be treated in line with the Serpentine Data Policy.

Benefits

Working at the Serpentine comes with a range of benefits to help you plan for the future, save money and enjoy life. This includes:

  • 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Flexible working
  • Career breaks
  • Staff discount on Gallery merchandise and with onsite cafes and bookshop
  • Discounted at entry at some museums
Equality and diversity

The Serpentine has been a pioneering force in contemporary art since 1970. It offers artists space to share politically, socially and culturally relevant ideas. This extends to our working family, and we value the diversity of all our staff and the enrichment this brings to our work. We are committed to an inclusive and supportive environment for all who come to work with us. See our Equal Opportunities statement for more detail.

Working here

The Serpentine is one of the world’s leading art galleries set across two sites in Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. We welcome a million visitors each year.

Each site hosts three exhibitions per year covering a range of disciplines including art, design, architecture, performance, events and community projects, as well as undertaking new experiments in art and technology. Every summer since 2000, we commission an international architect to design a temporary pavilion on the lawn of the Serpentine. It then functions as a café, meeting place and venue for summer entertainment.

We aim for a positive impact with all that we do, engaging our visitors with creative ideas and actively championing free access to art for everyone. Overall, we are proud that the Serpentine has been a free public art institution since it opened in 1970.

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