Pushkin House is the oldest independent organisation in the UK focused on promoting Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet culture. Inspired by our unique past and driven by the unprecedented present, we continue to open up new regions of thoughts and perceptions as we enter a new period of change and growth. Our approach to the production of knowledge is intrinsically linked to transformations in contemporary societies that we are all experiencing today. This process is dynamic and unpredictable as we develop our role as a bridge between cultures and expand our programme and reach to include wider and more diverse communities and localities. Through our ongoing programme of talks, readings, screenings, lectures, exhibitions, workshops and musical performances we will continue to explore the interconnections between individuals, disciplines, periods and cultures.

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We are now seeking a new Assistant Programme Curator to assist in developing, managing, and promoting our programming across cultural disciplines, including art, design, architecture, literature, and music. You will be responsible for assisting with initiating, organising and planning exhibitions, workshops, talks, screenings, curated conversations and musical performances. Working closely with the Executive Director, you will promote and interpret our mission to disseminate knowledge about Russia and to encourage new work, research and learning, both in our physical home in Bloomsbury Square and through our digital online platform, including through regular contemporary commissions. Together with the Engagement Officer you will develop a dynamic and inclusive programme of activities for young audiences (age 15-26) that will broaden their understanding of the culture of Russia and the New East.

You will:

  • Provide support to the Executive Director, from the concept, research and development stage of a project through to its realisation

  • Liaise, engage and contract with artists, writers, musicians, designers and other creatives

  • Engage and contract with art and cultural institutions to facilitate collaboration, partnership and exchange

  • Devise, monitor and maintain budgets for projects and events together with the Executive Director and Development Officer

  • Assist with the production of catalogues, videos, podcasts, limited editions and  interpretative materials for our website

  • Manage interns, trainees and other freelance employees as well as supervise work placements

  • Obtain copyright permissions, compile guest lists, maintain relevant databases and process responses to events proposals with other members of the team

  • Assist with private views and other Pushkin House events including representing Pushkin House where appropriate

  • Organise travel for visiting artists, and transportation and insurance of art works

  • Archive exhibition and events materials and make them available where appropriate

You will be working with a small and dynamic hands-on team, managing multiple projects at a time. With a deep understanding of historical and contemporary cultural and social context in Russia and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, you will possess a university degree in a relevant discipline and at least three years’ experience with other cultural organisations. You will have excellent communication skills in both English and Russian, and will be sensitive to the wide variety of modern and contemporary cultural narratives, able to overcome difficulties in translating unique local cultural codes into a Western, anglophone environment.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter (750 words max) to recruitment@pushkinhouse.org.uk