Association for Art History | Freelance Conference Coordinator

Part-time, Freelance Fixed-Term Contract
Fee: up to £14,000
Duration: July 2022 – May 2023 (approx. 10 months)
Location: Remote working with some on-site visits and meetings
Reports to: Head of Programmes
Application deadline: 30 June 2022
Interviews: week commencing 11 July 2022
Anticipated start date: July 2022

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The Association for Art History is looking for a freelance, part-time Conference Coordinator to assist with the planning, preparation delivery and evaluation of the Association’s leading international Annual Conference, which will take place April 12-14, 2023 in partnership with University College London.

About the Association

Since 1974 the Association for Art History has championed art history, visual culture and supported those engaged with it. The Association leads the collective effort in the UK to advance the study and professional practice of art history. We connect those engaged with art history, and we advocate on behalf of the subject, stressing its importance in a well-rounded education and influencing relevant policy.

Through our programmes, networks, membership, grants and publications, we celebrate and promote the value of art history and visual culture today. We bring people together to share knowledge and inspire new ideas. We support and connect a broad art history community through our membership and activities. Together, we shape the future for art history.

Role and Expectations of the Conference Coordinator

The role of the freelance Conference Coordinator will be to support and coordinate the planning, preparation, delivery and evaluation of the Association’s 2023 Annual Conference.

The 2023 Annual Conference is scheduled to take place in-person in partnership with University College London. This international three-day academic conference is now in its 49th year. It brings together research and critical debate about art history and visual cultures. The Annual Conference usually attracts around 500 attendees and involves a meticulously planned programme of parallel sessions and events that brings together hundreds of research papers and academics, researchers, curators, artists, and writers. Traditionally it has been a popular and key event in the arts and humanities annual calendar. The Annual Conference usually includes a Bookfair and a programme of events which run alongside the academic research sessions. In 2021 and 2022 the Annual Conference, Bookfair and were fully virtual.  For 2023 we are planning for an in-person event but will also consider potential digital components  to the programme.

The Annual Conference and Bookfair require different types and amounts of work at different times during the contract period, with an average of 1 – 2 days work per week  increasing with workload as the event approaches with February to April 2023 likely to require 3 – 4 days per week culminating in approximately 800 hours work. The Freelance Conference Coordinator will report to and work closely with the Head of Programmes who leads on the Annual Conference.

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We invite applications by CV and cover letter to be emailed to  by 30 June 2022.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an informal interview on Zoom with the Head of Programmes, CEO and a member of the conference committee.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds regardless of age, socio-economic background, disability, ethnicity or race, gender, religion or beliefs and sexual identity.