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Curator: IMMA Horizons (Specific Purpose Contract of Employment for Maternity Leave cover)

Employer Irish Museum of Modern Art
Job Type Arts Administration Gallery, Museum or Library CREATIVE SUPPORT ROLES
Location Dublin and the East
Specific Location IMMA Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin 8
Salary €37,583
Closing Date 14th of July 2024


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Job Opportunity at IMMA


Open Competition for the role of


Curator: IMMA Horizons at Engineer Grade III (ppc as at 01st June 2024)

Specific Purpose Contract of Employment for Maternity Leave cover





The Irish Museum of Modern Art, based in what was the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, an extraordinary 17th century building, set upon a hilltop of 48 acres overlooking the river Liffey, is a witness to at least a millennium of change.  All of which feeds into our contemporary thinking and commitment to celebrate this remarkable site.  At IMMA we have begun to create a space unique with contemporary culture.  This is a space where local and global connect, a space where contemporary art and contemporary life meet, challenge and inspire one another.



Role Purpose:


At IMMA, we believe in the power of artistic practice to imagine and shape a different world—a world where every voice is heard, where communities thrive, and where unexpected experiences spark inspiration and change.
IMMA Horizons aims to contribute to new thinking on how creativity can positively impact health and wellbeing through programming and partnerships. Extensive research has identified the role of the arts and creative engagement in the promotion of wellbeing across the life course. Building on the strong history of arts and health in Ireland, IMMA Horizons contributes to new research and ongoing conversations in Ireland and globally, advocating for arts experiences to be recognised as an important part of a healthy life. IMMA Horizons provides free creative experiences and events for adults to meet and explore art together at a relaxed pace, in a sociable and supportive environment that encourages active participation by all.


  • To manage and deliver the IMMA Horizons Programme.
  • To deliver current programme strands and increase frequency of Horizons programming, particularly for older people, people living with dementia and those in times of transition.
  • To oversee and deliver evaluation methodologies that consider a disability rights-based access approach and are sensitive to the social model of engagement.
  • To work in partnership with strategic partners and to continue to both grow the number of participants and to reflect on programming effectiveness.
  • To disseminate learning through our national and international networks
  • To contribute to the delivery of IMMA’s new strategic plan 2024-2028, in particular the strategic goal to become a radically public space.




Primary Objectives/Key Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee and deliver the IMMA Horizons Programme of work including:
  • Programming/event strands including Azure, Studio10, Slow Art Sessions, In the Moment, as well as other project or exhibition specific events.
  • Delivery and dissemination of print and video resources including Talking Art with IMMA and IMMA Slow Looking series.
  • Managing bespoke experiences for booked groups, including those from MISA, social prescription and nursing home groups etc.
  1. Management of regular and pre-booked IMMA Art & Ageing/Horizons programmes
  • Plan schedules for programmes in collaboration with Visitor Engagement Manager.
  • Liaise with the Visitor Engagement Team and their Supervisor, coordinating peer-sharing and professional development/training of those working on IMMA Horizons programming, incl. Azure, Slow Art and In the Moment
  • Organise and send mailing list communications
  1. Continued development IMMA dementia-inclusive offering within IMMA Horizons Programme
  • Include people living with dementia in a developmental capacity in evaluating and developing IMMA’s dementia-inclusive programme, through engagement with the Irish Dementia Working Group.
  1. Relationship management with key stakeholders
  • Identify key partnerships in line with IMMA’s strategic aims and transformative goals.
  • Be IMMA’s lead in partnerships with Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Age and Opportunity, HSE Understand Together, Azure Network partners, MISA St James, Global Brain Health Institute, Creative Brain Week and other relevant organisations.
  • Represent IMMA on Arts & Health Coordinators Ireland network.
  • Supporting the delivery of programmes with IMMA’s Visitor Engagement Team
  • Work with external observer on reporting / gathering participant feedback.
  1. Grow the audience for the IMMA Horizons programme
  • Develop a strategic communications plan for IMMA Horizons with IMMA’s Audience and Development Department
  • Meet with stakeholder groups to advance our programme offer and audiences reached.
  • Gather participant quotes/testimonials and materials for use in promotion.
  • Investigate promotion through other stakeholders nationwide.
  • Work with IMMA Development Dept to identify and prepare for grant-funding and private sponsorship opportunities.
  1. Reporting
  • Regular reporting to Department Meetings
  • Contributing to Department reports to Board
  • Deliver final reports as required on any grant funded aspects of programme and as needed to other sponsors’ and donors.
  1. People Management
  • Motivate and mentor the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Executive to optimise their contribution to the implementation of IMMA’s strategic plan and conduct their role effectively.
  • Communicate goals and targets and set objectives for the EDI Executive.
  • Share feedback and support.
  • Lead regular one to one check ins with EDI Executive to maximise their potential.
  • Create enthusiasm for IMMA’s mission and strategy and constantly review productivity levels using up-to-date information.
  • Ensure that all appropriate training is undertaken by staff and that accurate records of training are kept.
  • Implement Performance Management Development System with direct report.
  • Approve Leave and manage absence of direct report.





The successful candidate will have:  


Essential Requirements

  • Experience of conceiving and delivering engagement and learning programmes in an arts / museum or arts and health context.
  • Knowledge of current arts educational practice, national arts and ageing policies and museum practice in this area.
  • Proven track record of Project Management.
  • MA of degree level qualification in the field of art history/arts education/museum studies/arts management/arts and health with relevant track record of working in the arts education.
  • The ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • The ability to work under pressure and multi-task.


Terms and Conditions


Why Work with Us?

  • Opportunity to get involved in IMMA’s 2024-2028 Strategy, development of key themes in response to current global cultural concerns which will shape our programming over the next five years.
  • Progressive, hybrid working model.
  • The opportunity to work in a beautiful serene historic 17th Century Building surrounded by 48 acres of Meadows and Gardens – an oasis in Dublin City.
  • Free Parking / Secure Bike Sheds.
  • Career development opportunities through mentoring, coaching, and training.
  • Erasmus + Staff Mobility Scheme funding by European Union.
  • Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee Wellbeing Committee.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Generous Public Sector leave benefits.
  • Strong values-based and inclusive culture.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Great team environment working to our Core Tenets: Contemporary, Inclusion, Innovation, Collaboration and Globally Connected.
  • Valuable experience at a leading cultural institution.
  • Opportunities to attend special museum events and exhibitions.
  • Networking opportunities with professionals in the museum and cultural sectors.



Salary Scale:  Engineer Grade III (PPC) Scale Point as at 01st June 2024 - €37,583.00


€37,583; €40,080; €40,748; €44,080; €47,242; €50,767; €54,197; €56,361; €58,538; €60,731; €62,912; €65,099; €67,286; €69,465; €71,664; LS1 €74,093; LS2 €76,519


Candidates should note the Irish Museum of Modern Art complies with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and guidelines on Public Sector pay and conditions of employment and pension provisions. Entry level will be at Point 1 of this Grade.


How to Apply: Applicants to submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae via:


Contract Duration: Initial 6 months full time specific purpose term contract


Closing date for receipt of applications: by 12:00 noon on Sunday, 14th July 2024


Interview dates: end of July /beginning of August 2024


Commencement Date: August 2024

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