Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art - 2 x Committee MembersClosed
|Body:||Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art|
|Appointing Department:||Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport|
|Sector:||Culture, Media & Sport|
|Number of Vacancies:||2|
|Remuneration:||This post is not salaried. However, Committee members’ travel expenses, incurred through attending meetings, are paid.|
|Time Requirements:||Approximately 10 to 12 meetings a year (usually held on the first Wednesday of each month) which may last up to a day. In addition, members will need to put aside time to consider casework and policy issues.|
Closed for Applications
05/06/2019 at 10:00
Final Interview Date
Sir Hayden Phillips
Representative of Organisation
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport seeks applications for two appointments to the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest.
The Committee is a non-statutory, independent advisory body whose main role is to advise the Secretary of State whether a cultural object which is the subject of an export licence is of national importance under the ‘Waverley criteria’.
The Committee reaches a view on the merits of any object which one of the Secretary of State’s expert advisers refers to it. If the Committee finds that an item meets at least one of the Waverley criteria, it will recommend to the Secretary of State that the decision on the export licence should be deferred for a specified period. This will allow institutions and private individuals in the UK a chance to raise the money to purchase the item to enable it to remain in this country.
Membership and terms of reference of the Committee
The Committee consists of eight permanent members, seven of whom have particular expertise in one or more subject areas such as paintings, furniture, and manuscripts, and a Chair. Its terms of reference are as follows:
- To advise on the principles which should govern the control of export of objects of cultural interest under the Export Control Act 2002 and on the operation of the export control system generally;
- To advise the Secretary of State on all cases where refusal of an export licence for an object of cultural interest is suggested on grounds of national importance;
- To advise in cases where a special Exchequer grant is needed towards the purchase of an object that would otherwise be exported.
General qualities sought
Candidates for the two posts will be able to demonstrate the following qualities and expertise:
- An ability to assess objectively whether cultural objects brought before the Reviewing Committee meet the Waverley criteria.
- An interest in the UK’s moveable cultural heritage, a broad understanding of its variety and range and the issues surrounding its protection.
- An understanding of the need to maintain the confidentiality of Committee meetings.
- An in-depth knowledge and understanding of Works of Art and other cultural objects to complement the expertise currently on the Committee. The outgoing members’ expertise being in British and European fine art (current member specialism’s detailed below).
- Experience of strategic thinking and making decisions at a senior level in order to help the committee to provide policy advice on the export of works of art.
- Knowledge of UK collections of fine and decorative arts, and objects of cultural interest.
- An intimate understanding of the UK art trade OR Detailed knowledge of Scottish art and collections.
Departing Committee members
Lowell Libson (Art market and British works of 17th – 20th century); and Aidan Weston-Lewis ( Italian and Spanish art, particularly North Italian painting and drawing of the 16th and 17th century).
Biographies for all current committee members can be found in the full role specification, downloadable at the end of the advert.
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