5 March 2016

Opportunity for Africa Material Culture Specialists (North Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa)

The World Art section, at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is looking for collections specialists to assist with a Collections Review of its African holdings. In conducting the Review we are following an established methodology (see the report What’s in Store, Collections review in the North West, Renaissance North West)
We are looking for specialists to provide an expert ‘curatorial’ opinion on areas of the collection. Commissioned specialists will be asked to examine object lists and images in advance, spend up to one day viewing selected objects on site and produce a short report. The timescale for this work and for the site visit is mid-February to the end of June 2016.

We can offer a fee to specialists undertaking this work on a freelance basis (only) and can offer travel and subsistence expenses to those who may wish to participate as part of their existing role within a cultural institution.

The review work has been split into broad geographic regions and we have already worked with three specialists who have examined our West African, South African, East African and metalwork collections. We are now looking for more specialists to assist us who have a particular interest and knowledge in the following areas:

North Africa including material from Morocco and Algeria and a small amount from Libya and Tunisia (78 objects in total).

Central Africa including material from the Congo region and a small amount from Zaire and Gabon (202 objects in total).

Southern Africa including material from Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi with a small amount of material from Angola and Mozambique (390 objects in total).

To find out more about this opportunity please contact Rachel Heminway Hurst, Curator of World Art, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery by email or phone on (01273) 292764.