Visual Arts Team Assistant
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Region: UK Country: England Department Arts Job Category Full Time fixed term contract for 2 years Location: London Pay Band: 6 (£19,370 - £23,795)
The Organisation

The British Council was founded to create ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes we use to do this are wide-ranging and cover the arts, education, English, science and society.

The Arts

Our UK Arts team works with the British Council’s global network of offices to achieve significant impact and change by finding new ways of connecting and seeing each other through the arts. Our team in the UK has three main groupings: We have six art form teams; three cross-disciplinary teams; and three country-specific teams in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our aim is to see stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with the UK.

We believe arts and culture are vital to prosperous, secure societies, and that offering international cultural connections and experiences strengthens their resilience. We are uniquely able to make a difference thanks to our extensive and diverse networks in the UK and internationally, enabling us to respond to the individual context of each place we work in. Link to Vision on internet.

The Team

The Visual Arts team are dedicated specialists, committed to promoting the achievements of the UK's best artists and institutions abroad. We connect the UK’s visual arts sector with professionals internationally, focusing predominantly on staging and supporting contemporary art projects in areas of the developing world. Primary activities include exhibitions, training and development, professional study exchange visits and the sharing of our unrivalled knowledge and advice on the logistics of working internationally in the visual arts and museums sector. The principal assets and responsibilities of the Visual Arts team include a major art collection (the British Council Collection); a professional library with extensive coverage of developments in the British art of the 20th and 21st century; the British Pavilion in Venice; a state-of-the-art Workshop and a team of professional visual arts experts who curate exhibitions for our global network, as well as offering advice and assessment for international institutions and individuals wishing to work in the UK.

The Opportunity

We have an excellent opportunity for a Visual Team Arts Assistant to administer resources, processes and systems which underpin the work of Director Visual Arts and the Visual Arts team.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience

  • Experience of office administration for example organising travel, finance, correspondence, events and diary management
  • A good broad knowledge of the UK Visual Arts and Museum sector and the UK contemporary art scene
  • Experience of working  within the contemporary Visual Arts or Museum sector
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent software, organisational and data management skills with a range of packages including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
Some of the main opportunities/challenges include:   (Please see Role Profile for full details of the duties)

  • Successfully prioritise workload in order to balance the competing demands of a  busy and complex department,  split over two sites
  • Be the first port of call for multiple enquiries from contacts in the UK and globally by answering or passing onto relevant colleagues in a timely fashion,
  • In collaboration with partnerships, external relationships and Chair’s office, support the planning, research and co-organising of bespoke overseas visits for stakeholders, led by Director Visual Arts
  • Deal confidently and professionally with high-level senior contacts
  • Support fundraising activities by keeping colleagues in fundraising and partnerships up to date by sharing information re Director’s diary, global visual arts activity and relevant sector, partner and networking opportunities.
  • Providing best practice IT and organisational support to the team, ensuring all processes follow British Council protocols and Code of Conduct
Equality Comment & Equality of Opportunity (UK)

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.  All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks. 

For further information please see the documents below:              

Role profile 

British Council Behaviours 


  • Generous pension
  • 32 days annual leave
  • Flexible working policy
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Season ticket loan 
The closing date is 16th August 2017 at 23:59 UK time and we are looking to schedule the interviews for 7th September