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The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is part of the Culture Coventry charitable trust. Occasionally we need to recruit new staff to the team, and we look for self-motivated and forward-thinking people. Even if you are based behind the scenes, you need to be comfortable working with or around visitors in an environment where creating the right atmosphere is everything. Everyone in the team plays an active part in delivering our fantastic attraction to visitors.

All of our vacancies can be found listed here when they arise, but if you can’t wait to get involved why not click here to see our Volunteering Programme.

People from Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse backgrounds, disabled, deaf and neurodivergent people are underrepresented in our workforce, so we particularly encourage applications from candidates in these groups.

Current Opportunities

Please follow us on our social media channels to learn about our upcoming vacancies as they are announced.

Please send completed application forms to unless otherwise stated.


Estates Manager, Permanent, £30,153 - £36,379 p.a., 37 hours p.w.

Closing Date: Friday 5 November 2021

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced manager to be responsible for the safe and efficient management, operation and development of a varied estate including leisure facilities and Museums. The successful candidate will develop, review and monitor premises related policies and maintenance schedules to ensure full compliance and integrity at both a national and local level.

Please complete the online application form:

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Venue Manager, Permanent, £24,964 - £30,785 p.a., 37 hours p.w.

Closing Date: Thursday 28 October 2021

We have an exciting opportunity for two experienced managers to lead and develop an exceptional visitor experience across all sites within Culture Coventry Trust. One role will be directly responsible for the day to day operational and event management of Coventry Transport Museum and the other for the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

Please indicate on your application which of the roles you are applying for using the references VM – CTM or VM HAGM, or if you would like to be considered for both roles. 

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Cook, Fixed Term, £10.50 per hour, 25 hours p.w. 

Closing Date: Thursday 28 October 2021

We have an opportunity for a Cook to work in Alfreds Café at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum until the end of December 2021.

We are looking for someone who is able to prepare and cook hot dishes for our busy lunchtimes in the café. You will also be required to undertake some basic baking recipes and would therefore have the ability to bake items such as scones, biscuits and cakes. A good knowledge of food hygiene safety standards is required.

Hours of work are 25 per week however specific working days and times can be negotiated for the right candidate.

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October/November Micro-Commission, £700 fee

Deadline: 12.00pm, 22nd October 2021

Over 2021 & 2022, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum will commission an artist every few months to create new work in response to key themes within their exhibitions programme.

For their October/November commission the Herbert is looking to commission new work that reflects and emphasises the power of nature, as well as the search for stylistic innovation.

This theme was inspired by their latest exhibition ‘Turner Prize 2021’, a title that references to the nineteenth-century artist J.M.W. Turner. Turner was a figure who had been innovative and controversial in his own day and is now considered to be one of the greatest British artists, known for his expressive colourisations, imaginative landscapes, and turbulent, often violent marine paintings.

The commissioned piece can take any shape, from paintings and poems to sculpture and performance art. The only requirement is that the final piece can be shared online by the gallery.

The successful artist will receive a fee of £700.

The November/December micro-commission by spoken-word artist, John Bernard, can be found here:

The March/April micro-commission by interdisciplinary artist, Ryan Christopher, can be found here:

Can I apply?

To apply you must be over 16 years old and based with the Midlands.

The Herbert particularly encourages applicants from those under-represented in the arts & culture sector, including those who identify as Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, D/deaf or disabled, LGBTIQA+ and self-defined as working class.

How do I apply?

Funding can come with lots of hoops and criteria, the Herbert do not want that, so to apply please email Ruark Jon Stevens on with the following information:

  • Your name & pronouns
  • Where are you based
  • Your practise/art-form
  • A little about yourself (no more than 100 words)
  • What work you are proposing and how it could be presented online (no more than 300 words)
  • Why this would be a good opportunity for you (no more than 200 words)
  • A website link/social media handle (if applicable)
  • A selection of images, videos or screengrabs of previous work
  • A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (found below)

The deadline for submissions is 12.00pm, Friday 22 October 2021.

Information can be sent as written documents, video, or audio files to Please contact Ruark Jon Stevens if you need any assistance or additional information.

The Herbert will contact the successful artist by Monday 1 November with the intention of the finalised work being shared publicly on Friday 3 December 2021.

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