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Dana Mokaddem

Dana graduated from the History of Art department and is now a Collection Registrar at Tate, responsible for collection displays at all four branches of the gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.

She explains that it was Warwick that helped her crystallise her career plans.

"I decided that I wanted a career involving art in some way, so I came to Warwick to learn about the History of Art, and I knew that the term spent in Venice would open up so much art for me. It was when I met History of Art graduates at the department careers' event, who discussed working in the museum and gallery sector, that I realised that this was perfect for me.

"Warwick gave me vital skills in making presentations and in critical thinking, which I developed over the course of the degree in different modules. I was also able to see plenty of exhibitions at the Mead Gallery, and gain experience of these as a viewer.

"After graduating I spent some time as a volunteer to gain experience, and worked in several museums and galleries, including Dulwich Picture Gallery, whilst supporting myself by working in retail. From this I was able to move into a full-time job at Dulwich, responsible for exhibitions and display co-ordination.

"Working as a museum sector registrar requires a whole range of skills, a lot of them to do with interacting with people both inside and outside of the organisation, including artists, collectors and owners, insurance and shipping agents, curators, conservators, and of course, the public. We are required to research the provenance of works of art to ensure that all the legal formalities of ownership can be established, and have to know the intricacies of import and export licences for when art is transported. I am responsible for coordinating all registrarial procedures relating to the care of Tate’s collections and its programme of displays at all Tate sites and greatly enjoy ensuring the works are made available to the public.

"I would advise people wanting to join the profession to get as much experience as possible, through volunteering and making yourself known. It's a good idea to start this while you're at university and it's never too soon to start making connections."