Senior Textiles Conservator

Arts Centre Melbourne
VIC - Metro
Closing Date
Wed, 25th August 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Band 4.2 $99,557.65 plus superannuation
VIC - Metro

About the Role

The Senior Textiles Conservator plays a pivotal role in the delivery of our conservation program, preserving the State Collection of the Performing Arts at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Coordinate the planning, development, delivery and management and documenting remedial and preventive conservation work on a wide variety of textiles. Ensuring best practice and sustainable collections preservation are followed.

Full time, ongoing position. Band 4.2 $99,557.65 plus superannuation.

About Arts Centre Melbourne

Arts Centre Melbourne is the proud custodian of the Australian Performing Arts Collection (APAC), which is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of Australia’s circus, dance, music, opera and theatre heritage. Collecting began in the late 1970s and two early major acquisitions were the J. C. Williamson Theatre Archive and the Dame Nellie Melba Collection. Today, the collection holds over 700,000 objects, including major acquisitions from Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave, Barry Humphries, Bell Shakespeare and The Australian Ballet.

Drawing on the APAC, we tell the stories of performance and performers through the extraordinary objects that have shaped lives and organisations, from concept designs to costumes, from personal and production archives to photography.

Together with our own program of performances, events and activities we offer a diversity of audiences a distinctly multidimensional approach to participation, education and entertainment.

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Your Skills and Experience

We are seeking a skilled textiles conservator with:

  • Specialist knowledge in the remedial conservation of multi-disciplinary heritage collections including those made from textiles.
  • Ability to perform complex textiles treatments.
  • Experience in preventive conservation programs and projects focused on improved storage/rehousing and environments for textiles collections.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team setting to deliver projects, to manage and prioritise activities as a team to meet project timelines.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of collection emergency planning principles and practices and experience or involvement with collection emergency events and follow up activities.
  • Experience and competency in the use of collection management documentation systems such as Axiell EMu, photography and digital imaging for condition reporting.
  • Knowledge of national and international preservation, conservation and museological frameworks, principles, ethics, related to multi-disciplinary heritage collections, including compliance for OH&S policies and procedures.

For more details, please read the Position Description attached.

Enjoy Team Member Benefits

As a valued member of our ensemble, you can enjoy complimentary tickets, discounts at food & beverage outlets, discounted commuter benefits and onsite-parking, and access to wellbeing activities and learning and development programs, including free access to Employee Assistance Program and the Smiling Mind app.

Apply Now!

If you have ticked all our boxes and appreciate Australian performing arts history, we want to hear from you! Please submit your resume and cover letter addressing the key criteria by Wednesday, 25 August 2021 at 11:55pm. Early applications are encouraged.

Employment at Arts Centre Melbourne is conditional upon the satisfactory completion of a National Police Check.

Applications are open to those with full working rights in Australia. Arts Centre Melbourne is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Applicants with a disability and from a diverse background are encouraged to apply.

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