NVA’s mission is to make powerful public art that reaffirms people’s connection to the built and natural heritage.
The company has produced many unusual and dynamic interventions in extraordinary landscapes over the last 2o years – light, sound and collective movement have been incorporated into the mountains of Skye, city lighting festivals and international cultural events including the 2012 Olympics and the Tour de France – Grand Depart in Yorkshire in 2014.
Our practice uses creative learning and environmental innovation, involving audiences in physically redefining urban and rural settings, revealing how places shape and are shaped by people.
Permanent works, which often regenerate broken landscapes, include the resuscitation of St Peter’s Seminary as the world’s first intentional modernist ruin, to deliver a new model for rural arts and heritage development.
The Hidden Gardens, Scotland’s first sanctuary garden dedicated to peace, was founded in 2002 and has become a much valued part of Glasgow’s cultural life.
Speed of Light and Ghost Peloton are large-scale collaborative public art events. Each live performance generates original film and photography of endurance runners and cyclists in programmable light suits. A continuing world tour has responded to hillsides in Scotland, docklands in Japan, reformed urban sites in England, and the vast industrial landscapes of the Ruhr in Germany.
NVA is an acronym of ‘nacionale vita activa’, expressing the Ancient Greek ideal of a lively democracy, where actions and words shared among equals bring new thinking into the world.
Angus Farquhar – Creative Director
Ellen Potter – Executive Director
Jo Cook – Finance Director
Annie Crabtree – Office Manager
Claire McNaught – Communications Coordinator
NVA Directors as at June 2016
Brian McLaren (Chair)
Burness Paull PLL (Company Secretary)
NVA (EUROPE) LTD trading as NVA
VAT Registration No. 724 2264 56
Company No. SC183523
Registered Scottish Charity No. SC027613
Registered Office: 15 North Claremont Street, Glasgow, G3 7NR
Collections and Interpretation Curator
Deadline 19 May 2017 at 17.00
NVA has produced an ambitious scheme to reclaim the future of the world-renowned St Peter’s Seminary, an iconic modernist ruin in Argyll and Bute, and the surrounding woodland of Kilmahew. An innovative approach to heritage conservation will combine the consolidation of the building in its current state of ruination with partial restoration and new design.
NVA has established Kilmahew / St Peter’s Limited, which will be responsible for the delivery of the project to partially restore the seminary and create access to the landscape, and to manage the buildings and landscape on completion.
Kilmahew / St Peter’s Ltd is seeking to appoint a freelance Collections and Interpretation Curator to develop the content of the exhibition spaces, collections and archives for St Peter’s and the ways in which these can make the heritage of the Kilmahew / St Peter’s site accessible to the public. Using our existing collection as a starting point the curator will create a framework for organising and cataloguing the collection, and manage the process of acquiring new materials including the commissioning of artworks that will form part of the heritage interpretation for St Peter’s.
Key outputs of the role also include creating strong and engaging interpretation narratives that will inform the exhibitions and interpretive materials at St Peter’s, and developing these for inclusion in text panels, website text, audio and digital interpretation.
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
• Proven experience of research and curation in a museum and /or heritage context
• Proven experience developing a range of interpretation materials for diverse audiences
• Excellent administration and project management skills, creative abilities, and an eye for detail, energy, flexibility and self-motivation
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work with a wide range of individuals in professional contexts and with the general public
• Experience of digital archives and digital cataloguing systems / databases
The contract runs from its appointment until April 2019. The fixed fee for the contract is £25,000 plus expenses.
To receive a copy of the brief or for further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications should be made in the form of a CV and covering letter and emailed to email@example.com.
Interviews will be held in the week beginning 29th May 2017.
The deadline is Friday 19 May 2017 at 17:00.
NVA is a registered Scottish charity and company limited by guarantee. Our operational costs are funded primarily through self-generated income and we are one of Creative Scotland’s Regularly Funded Organisations.
Our artworks are funded through a range of public and private sources and generous public donations. All of these funds are invested directly in achieving our charitable objectives which are to advance education through the promotion of culture and the arts and to protect natural landscapes and significant architectural heritage.
NVA is committed to making the arts and creativity part of everyday life by producing high quality, cutting edge work that is accessible and relevant to everyone. A key tenet of our work is to create ‘entry points’ where thousands of people every year have the opportunity to take part in the cultural life of Scotland. We also use the arts as a mechanism to provide skills development and volunteering opportunities. Our aim is to increase the skills base across the cultural sector and become a hub for creative learning in the 21st Century.
You can support this work in a number of ways; through specific strands of work such as our education or volunteer programme or by contributing to individual projects.
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If you would like to discuss other ways to support our work please email Annie Crabtree in the first instance on firstname.lastname@example.org
NVA is a registered charity (SC027613)