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Art Publisher

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 17 acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as The National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. It’s also home to four Resident Orchestras (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and four Associate Orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain). For further information please visit

Hayward Gallery Publishing produces beautiful, inspiring books on contemporary art, primarily to accompany Hayward Gallery exhibitions and selected Hayward Gallery Touring and Arts Council Collection exhibitions. The Art Publisher leads a team of three, and works closely with the Director and Curatorial team. The successful candidate will lead on books to accompany the 2020 exhibition programme and beyond, and will be expected to maximize revenue opportunities through reviewing the current expenditure and income model.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience of working in a publishing environment at a senior level, together with excellent knowledge of authors in the field of critical writing on the visual arts and a good knowledge of 20th and 21st century and contemporary art.  A thorough understanding and experience of the publishing process including contract negotiation, stakeholder liaison, project management, managing editorial and proofreading, copyright management and budget management is essential. Strong commercial acumen is also essential, as are good people management skills and experience and excellent communication skills.

Contract:  Permanent

Closing date for applications: 12 March 2019, 23:45

Interviews: w/c 18 March 2019

Job Objectives

  • To oversee the strategic, managerial and financial aspects of Hayward Gallery Publishing ensuring that Hayward publications are of the highest quality while balancing artistic and commercial considerations.
  • To maximise publishing revenue through new opportunities, and the financial management of front and backlist titles.
  • To maintain responsibility for the successful delivery and quality control of all publications, evaluating and signing off all books at key stages, including commissioning, design concepts, final layouts, as well as ozalids, proofs, F&Gs and advance copies sent by printers
  • To raise the profile of Hayward Gallery Publishing through the widespread promotion of the list, presence at book fairs and development of contacts within the publishing industry, as well as securing co-publishing agreements
  • To line manage the Hayward Gallery Publishing team.

Main Responsibilities

Publications List Management:

  • Work with the Director and Curatorial team to develop and agree publication concepts to accompany the Hayward Gallery, Hayward Touring and Arts Council Collection programmes.
  • Scope all potential titles, including competition, structure, contributors, designers, printers, costs and pricing.
  • Research and commission all text contributors and designers.
  • Develop and present publication proposals.

Project Management:

Manage a number of highly-illustrated four-colour print publications from conception to delivery, including:

  • Develop and present publication proposals.
  • Set and communicate schedules.
  • Manage each publication budget.
  • Research, commission and brief authors.
  • Commission translators, editors, designers, and other freelancers.
  • Manage print production, including preparing spec, compiling and negotiating costings, liaising with repro houses to obtain adequate image proofs, and undertaking occasional travel in the UK and abroad to check publications on press.
  • Manage the editing and proofreading process.
  • Negotiate co-publishing arrangements, including contracts, territories, royalties and joint imprints as appropriate.
  • Oversee compilation of picture research list, and securing of print-ready image files.
  • Oversee copyright clearance (both illustrative and literary).
  • Maintain all project and related finance administrative duties, including contracts and freelance paperwork.


  • Maintain overall responsibility for the departmental budget, including annual budgeting, forecasting, reconciliation, financial year end, and reviewing monthly management accounts.
  • Prepare and manage the budgets (expenditure and income projection) for all publications, monitor and maintain proper control of expenditure and meet income and sales targets.
  • Maximise revenue through reviewing costs and income opportunities, as well as co-publishing and distribution arrangements, sales of rights (various territories and languages), reprints, etc.

Stock, Distribution and Sales:

  • Maintain oversight of stock levels, balancing income opportunities with write-off risks.
  • Oversee the Distribution and Sales functions.

Team Management:

  • Manage the Sales Manager and Publishing  Project Manager.
  • Ensure departmental procedures are efficient and maintain best practice standards.
  • Keep abreast of new technologies and their application to editorial and production procedures.


  • Represent the Hayward Gallery  within the publishing and printing industries, and at external meetings and functions as appropriate.
  • Keep up to date with critical writing.
  • Keep up to date with new developments and technology (for example, image reproduction and printing processes).
  • Attend trade events, such as Frankfurt and London Book Fairs, and to maintain links with professional organisations.
  • Maintain designer/printer/freelance portfolios and contact information, in line with GDPR.
  • Any other appropriate duties as required.

Person Specification

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has significant experience of working in a publishing environment at a senior level.
  • Has excellent knowledge of authors in the field of critical writing on the visual arts.
  • Has a good knowledge of 20th and 21st century and contemporary art, as well as the national and international art scene.
  • Has strong commercial acumen.
  • Has solid line management experience.
  • Has experience of negotiating contracts and working diplomatically and productively with authors, designers, artists, curators, printers, etc.
  • Has excellent project management and administration skills.
  • Has experience of selling publishing rights.
  • Has excellent editorial, proofreading, print production and writing skills.
  • Has a thorough understanding of copyright.
  • Has excellent spoken communication skills.
  • Has extensive budget management experience.
  • Has the ability to organise and plan a complex workload, work under pressure and handle multiple priorities.
  • Has a keen eye for detail.
  • Has a proactive and positive attitude.
  • Has knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Is able to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the role that diversity and inclusion play in the activities of the Southbank Centre as a whole and in the work of this particular job.

Art Publisher

Southbank Centre, London
Full-time, Permanent
Account Manager, Administration, Copywriter, Copywriting, Editor, Production, Management, Sales, Contracts, Project Management, Distribution, Admin & PA