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The Arts at work

Skills for the arts

As previously said the arts can offer places for a wide range of professionals and incorporate all four of the personalities of the Lowe Career Profiler. The first that comes to mind would be the Creative with their natural understanding of the visual arts.

The Creative would liaise well with the artists and will share their enthusiasm for the arts, which would make them the perfect chose for a gallery assistant or curator.

However, the Analyst with their well-developed eye for the detail and patience can contribute to both the running of the gallery and organising exhibitions, to aspects such as archiving and cataloguing artworks.

The Supporter would suit an administrative position in a gallery or another arts institution, while the Influencer who enjoys the arts would thrive as arts or an antique dealer, working on commission of course.

Its workplace

The arts encompass a variety of occupations and can offer positions to a wide range of personality types with various working background and education within the arts and heritage sector.

Although understanding and relating to artists’ work would be a common denominator for the jobs in the arts, being artistic yourself would not be necessary. Ranging from the work of the fine artists, performers and model-makers themselves to national museums and privately owned galleries and even the management of studio spaces, positions in the arts would demand creativity, good analytic and organisational skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

The day-to-day running of arts institutions or galleries can be a demanding environment. Tasks and responsibilities may vary from administration and archiving to curatorial to sales. Organising an exhibition has many aspects to it, starting from keeping in contact with artists, sponsors or clients to organising the spaces and shipping and mounting of the artworks, to promoting the exhibition and attracting attention to emerging artists.

Normally employers would expect the candidate to have a qualification in the arts, ranging from fine art or art history, to art theory, cultural studies or arts management for a position in the arts administration. This would reassure them that the candidate for the position shares an appreciation and respect for the artworks and the work that goes on in the gallery, be it privately owned or a national institution. Previous working experience in the arts or even organising and curating exhibitions on a local level or in smaller galleries would always prove invaluable. However, depending on the position, experience in sales, librarianship and archiving, or even teaching can be equally useful.