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Subject: Position at Heritage Conservation Centre, Singapore

Position at Heritage Conservation Centre, Singapore

From: Janice Teng <janice_teng<-at->
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Conservator (Paintings)
Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC), Singapore

The National Heritage Board (NHB) preserves, presents and promotes
the cultural heritage of Singapore. Our mission is to play the roles
of safeguarding and promoting the heritage of Singapore's diverse
communities, for the purpose of education, nation-building and
cultural understanding.

The Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC) is a purpose-built facility
for the storage and conservation of all artworks and artefacts under
the care of NHB. Conservation comprises 4 specialisations; objects
conservation, paintings conservation, paper conservation, and
textiles conservation. We are now seeking 2 candidates for the
Conservator (Paintings) position.

Job Description

The main responsibilities are:

    Undertake assessment, documentation, and conservation treatments
    to historical, modern and contemporary paintings from the NHB

    Extensive practical work for exhibition and storage needs

    Provide close supervision and coaching of direct and indirect

    Performs conservation analysis and tests in contributing to the
    preservation and conservation knowledge of the NHB collections

    May need to manage and/or implement preventive conservation
    projects, including environmental monitoring and pest management
    relating to collections care in storage, on loan and on display

     May be involved in liaising for exhibition, project management
     and participate in gallery development

    May be involved in the conservation study or research projects
    undertaken by the Paintings Conservation Section

Brief description of collection: At HCC, the Painting Conservation
Department mainly deals with the painting collection of the National
Heritage Board. The collection are associated to the different
institutions under NHB, namely, National Museum of Singapore,
Singapore Arts Museum, SAM at 8Q, Asian Civilisations Museum, and
the Peranakan Museum. There are also opportunities to work with the
collections from the Heritage institutions like Indian Heritage
Centre, Malay Heritage Centre, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and
conservation of paintings for the inaugural of National Arts Gallery
of Singapore.  NHB collections consist of artworks focusing on South
East Asia, ranging from the historical, Nanyang style, Modern and
Contemporary Art, etc.  In the Collection of National Museum of
Singapore are paintings which are the oldest which are from the
Straits Settlement, consisting mainly of life size portraits to
landscapes of the older Singapore and the nearby region.  The Asian
Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum, are concentrated mainly
on the culturally related materials locally (Peranakan and other
ethnic groups) and Asia Pacific.

Work location and arrangement: The conservator shall mostly be based
at HCC at 32 Jurong Port Road. The conservator shall be working in
the Paintings Conservation team in HCC, alongside Objects
Conservation Section, Paper Conservation Section, and Textiles
Conservation Section. There are currently 6 other conservators who
work intensively on the collections. The Centre encourages cross
disciplinary interaction hence the Paintings Conservator is
encouraged to leverage on the other areas of specialisation that are
currently in HCC to enhance the conservation decision-making

Qualifications and Other Requirements

    Candidate should have a recognized first degree (bachelor's or
    honours) or a Masters degree in Conservation, with 6 to 8 years
    of relevant practical experience. Institutional/public
    experience is preferred

    Familiarity and experience with cultural materials in South East
    Asia, as well as modern and contemporary installation art will
    be advantageous

    Ability to carry out comprehensive treatments on paintings with
    high degree of manual dexterity and aesthetic sensitivity

    Possess strong verbal and written communication skills

    Possess initiative with ability to multi-task, organise and
    prioritise work in given timeline

    Positive attitude, a strong team player who can share and also
    work independently when required

    Ability and experience to coach and impart conservation skills
    and knowledge effectively

    Possess a wide exposure in handling multi-cultural materials
    with sensitivity and demonstrate relevance in making sound
    contextual judgements in applying conservation principles and

    Ability to work under minimal supervision as well as being a
    cooperative member of staff

    Ability to adapt in a multi-lingual and multi-racial environment

    Keep up to date with the latest conservation development through
    research and training. Evidence of continual professional
    development is strongly desirable

    Familiarity and experience with Microsoft Office Word, Excel and
    PowerPoint applications

To apply, please mark "Conservator (Paintings), HCC" on the envelop
and send your resume to

    National Heritage Board
    61 Stamford Road, #03-08,
    Stamford Court
    Singapore 178892

Or email resume with Subject title: "Application for Conservator
(Paintings)" to nhb_hr<-at->nhb<.>gov<.>sg

The closing date for application is 30 November 2013.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:18
                Distributed: Thursday, October 24, 2013
                       Message Id: cdl-27-18-028
Received on Wednesday, 16 October, 2013

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