Job Re-Posting: Objects Conservator, National Gallery Singapore

By Birte Koehler posted 08-18-2019 10:32

Job Re-Posting: Objects Conservator, National Gallery Singapore

On behalf of the National Gallery Singapore, I would like to re-publish the following job posting. We provided the wrong address for submissions of applications in the previous post.

Position/Job Title : Objects Conservator

Organisation : National Gallery Singapore

Job Objectives/Purpose: Contributes to the smooth operation and delivery of exhibitions, loans (incoming and outgoing) and events of National Gallery Singapore (The Gallery), as well as other requirements as assigned by the Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC) in regards to care of the National Collection. To assist with conservation related tasks and activities (operational and administrative) by coordinating with both internal and external parties involved in accordance with procedures and project timelines. 

Description of Collections and Work Location:

This position is jointly managed by The Gallery and HCC.

HCC is the repository and conservation facility for the management and preservation of Singapore’s National Collection. The artworks and artefacts are part of the National Collection and comprise of 19th-21st century socio-historical, cultural, ethnographic, modern and contemporary artwork materials, mainly from the Southeast Asia region. 

The conservator’s main site of operations and office will be at HCC (32 Jurong Port Road) where the conservation facilities and warehouse is located. The conservator will travel to The Gallery (1 St. Andrew’s Road) according to project needs.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Carry out conservation assessments, documentation and treatments on artworks and artefacts according to HCC’s procedures, instructions and guidelines for exhibits, loans and events for The Gallery.
  • Coordinate meetings, prepare agendas prior to meetings and notes/minutes of meeting.
  • Provide advice on preventive care, specialized mounting techniques and environmental settings for short or long term display of artefacts/artworks. 
  • Review temporary and permanent display at The Gallery upon request to ensure stability of artefacts and eventual maintenance needs.
  • Provide advice on transport, handling and display requirements whenever necessary.
  • Supervise and/or assist in exhibition related tasks such as packing/unpacking and installation/de-installation
  • Any other ah-hoc duties and projects assigned.
  • May be involved in conservation study or research projects. 
  • May supervise and train other conservation staff members on the job.
  • Administrative work necessary for the day-to-day laboratory and office to function


  • Candidate should have a recognized Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Conservation, with 6 to 8 years of relevant practical experience. 
  • Ability to carry out comprehensive treatments with a high degree of manual dexterity and aesthetic sensitivity.
  • Familiarity and experience with cultural materials in South East Asia and/or modern and contemporary artworks will be advantageous. 
  • Familiarity and experience with Time-Based Media artworks will be advantageous.
  • Possess initiative with ability to multi-task, organise and prioritise work in given timeline.
  • Possess a wide exposure in handling multi-cultural materials with sensitivity and demonstrate relevance in making sound contextual judgements in applying conservation principles and practices.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Ability to adapt to 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.

Please send your detailed CV and current/last drawn and expected remuneration to We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.