Exhibition and Collections Technician Kaihangarau Whakaaturanga/Kohinga

Exhibition and collections technicians prepare, install, maintain and dismantle museum and art gallery exhibitions.

Exhibition and collections technicians may do some or all of the following:

  • provide a budget for the cost of installing an exhibition
  • design and build models, furnishings and fittings for exhibitions
  • safely unpack items, arrange them for exhibit, and set up sound and visual effects
  • arrange for contractors, such as painters, to install parts of an exhibition
  • monitor and maintain exhibitions while they are on public display
  • safely dismantle exhibition furniture and props and pack for storage or shipping
  • support artists and/or curators during installation, display and dismantling of exhibition. 

Physical Requirements

Exhibition and collections technicians need to have a good level of fitness and must be strong, as they may lift large objects and spend long periods on their feet.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for exhibition and collections technicians includes:

  • art and design
  • woodwork
  • metalwork
  • handcraft work
  • work in galleries, museums or theatres.

Personal Qualities

Exhibition and collections technicians need to be:

  • both practical and creative
  • good at problem solving
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • organised and able to work to deadlines
  • calm, patient and adaptable
  • able to work well in a team and with a diverse range of people
  • able to prepare and work to budgets.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for exhibition and collections technicians includes:

  • art and design
  • woodwork
  • metalwork
  • handcraft work
  • work in galleries, museums or theatres.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking combined, technology, maths, and design and visual communication.

Exhibition and Collections Technicians can earn around $45K-$55K per year per year.

Exhibition and collections technicians may progress to work:

  • as exhibition preparators at larger museums
  • as exhibition programme managers at smaller museums or galleries
  • for exhibition design and construction companies.

They may also set up their own business.

With project management skills and seven or more years' experience, exhibition and collections technicians may move into project manager roles.

Exhibition and Collections Technician

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