Commercial art galleries vary in style, size and purpose, and because of this, the role of a gallery manager can differ. The role can also change depending on whether it is in a public or private gallery.
In a public gallery, the role can be quite technical, making sure exhibitions are installed correctly. It may also cover operational tasks such as health and safety and facilities.
Working in a smaller private gallery may mean having a more varied and all-round management role, which includes sales, marketing, budgeting and communicating directly with the artists.
An art gallery manager may work underneath the gallery director or owner but will still have responsibility for the commercial and artistic success of the gallery.
The role of art gallery manager demands a combination of artistic awareness, business acumen, interpersonal skills and practical abilities.