Curator of Asian ceramics

Curator of Asian ceramics

Vacancy curator of Asian ceramics

for 32 hours per week

The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics is looking for an innovative, energetic curator who will creatively contribute to our ambitious and characteristic exhibition programme and also implement and communicate the collection policy for the Asian ceramics collection.

Who are we looking for?
You are a creative and enthusiastic professional specialist with excellent substantive knowledge and experience in the field of Asian ceramics. You have a relevant academic education and a national and international network. You are also well informed about developments and important collections in this field. Your background as an experienced curator will enable you to make proposals that will enhance the collection.

As a curator, you are responsible for the content and context of the collection. You make an important contribution to the Princessehof’s up-to-date, innovative and impactful programme of exhibitions. You can translate your ideas into proposals for exhibitions. In doing so, you are able to think both from the perspective of the museum and the visitors, while of course taking current social themes into account. You also have experience collaborating within a project team on developing these proposals into audience-focused results.

You have experience in the management, documentation and (digital) registration of museum collections. You are also capable of developing new knowledge about the collection through search and making it accessible to a wide audience. You see it as a challenge to contribute, from your position as curator, to visitors’ positive perception (both physical and virtual) of the museum through lectures, publications, digital presentations and answering questions from the public.

You have excellent proficiency in Dutch and English.

The Fries Museum | Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics organisation consists of two independent and up-to-date museums where quality and the public are paramount.

With its large and varied collection, the Fries Museum sheds light on the past and offers perspectives for the future. The museum is Friesland’s treasury of heritage and visual arts and it attracts, connects and inspires both local and national visitors; special attention is paid to the Second World War in the Fries Verzetsmuseum (Frisian Resistance Museum).

The Princessehof is the Netherlands’ national museum of ceramics and the only national museum in the north of the country. It is housed in an 18th-century city palace, which is also the birthplace of graphic artist M.C. Escher. The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics connects the worlds of East and West and past and present through ceramics. It brings culture lovers into contact with its high-quality collection and offers insights through its exemplary contextualisation. The museum actively enlarges its collection, also as a source of inspiration for new generations of makers.

The museum organisation consists of 70 employees with a total of 55 fte, divided over 6 departments (Collections, Public & Presentations, Facility Management, Finance & Control and Human Resources). They work together with over 160 volunteers and a large number of freelancers.

We offer

  • a challenging job for 32 hours per week;
  • a salary (depending on knowledge and experience) according to the salary scales of the Museum CAO, maximum € 4.622,-- gross per month for a 36-hour working week;
  • a temporary appointment for the duration of one year with a view to a permanent position.

We follow the Museum CAO. One exception is the pension fund: the Fries Museum and Princessehof are members of ABP.

Are you our new curator of Asian ceramics? Please e-mail your application letter with your motivation statement and CV before June 16th to, stating ‘vacancy curator Asian ceramics’, and mark it ‘attention Jos Taekema’.

For more information, please contact Jos Taekema (Head of Collections), tel. no. +31-58-2050078, e-mail

The first interviews will be held on 22 June 2022.
Follow-up interviews will take place on 28 June and 30 June 2022.

The Fries Museum | Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics is an inclusive organisation, open to all groups in society. Our personnel policy contributes to an equal-opportunity labour market where there is no room for discrimination. We welcome people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, and select our employees based on their qualities.

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