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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 (Objects)
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 candidates for the
Conservator (Objects) position.

Job Description: The main responsibilities are:

    Undertake assessment, documentation, and conservation treatments
    to artworks and artefacts from the NHB collections;

    Extensive practical work on a variety of objects for exhibition
    and storage needs

    Provide close supervision and coaching of direct and indirect

    Participate in planning teams for exhibition and participate in
    gallery development projects

    May need to manage and/or implement preventive conservation
    projects/activities directly, or indirectly relating to
    collections in storage, on loan and on displays

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

Brief description of collection: At HCC, the Objects Conservation
Section conserves the national collections under the custody of NHB,
and these are largely exhibited in the NHB museums and heritage
institutions; namely National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art
Museum, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Peranakan Museum, Malay
Heritage Centre, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and the upcoming
inaugurals of The National Arts Gallery of Singapore and Indian
Heritage Centre.

The objects in NHB collections broadly include socio-historical,
cultural, ethnographic, modern and contemporary artwork materials.
The range of materials that an Objects Conservator can expect to
come in contact with ranges from inorganic to organic and mixed
composite materials.

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

Qualifications and Other Requirements:

    Candidate should have a recognized 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

    Ability to carry out comprehensive treatments on a broad range
    of materials with high degree of manual dexterity and aesthetic

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

    Possess strong verbal and written communication skills

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

    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 current conservation development through
    self-directed learning and training. Evidence of continual
    professional development is strongly desirable

To apply, please mark "Conservator (Objects), 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
(Objects)" 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-27-18-030
Received on Wednesday, 16 October, 2013

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