Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Opportunity: Curator, Pixel Pops!

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, April 28. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Pixel Pops! V.4 2008 Curator Search
Deadline: June 15, 2008
Pixel Pops! is looking for suitable candidates to serve as curator for the 2008 Pixel Pops! show (Fall 2008). PixelPops! is an ongoing, traveling series of annual digital art exhibits. The series is uniquely organic in that it changes with each year's new locale and the creativity each new curator brings to it. Year after year the online catalogue continues to grow and provides new resonances and global connections in artistic interpretation.

If you have the inclination and background to serve as curator please click here to fill out the submission form and to learn more about the role of annual curator. (via)
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Job: Assistant Curator, Tate

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, April 24. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Tate’s mission is to increase the public’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of art, by displaying a collection of some of the best modern and contemporary art the world has to offer.

The Collections team within the Curatorial Department is responsible for Tate’s acquisition programme and plays a leading role within Tate in researching the Collection. This post will assist and support the work of the Collections team relating to Modern and Contemporary British Art from 1950, dealing with acquisitions, research and publishing on the collection, displays and specialist enquiries.

You will need a degree or post-graduate degree in a relevant subject in art history or a related field, along with a broad knowledge of twentieth-century art, and proven relevant work experience. You will also need specialist knowledge of one or more aspects of the area that the post covers i.e. Modern and Contemporary British art from 1950.

In addition you will need excellent writing, research, and organisational skills. Your well-developed interpersonal skills will enable you to work effectively as part of a team and collaboratively across Tate. You will also be able to prioritise your work to meet deadlines, and maintain your attention to detail under pressure.

For further information and to download an application pack, please visit .
Full-time, 12 month contract at £21,000 p.a. Closing date: 28 April 2008. Interviews to be held on 21 May 2008.
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Job: Curator, Leeds City Art Gallery

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, April 24. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Over the last two years Leeds City Council has opened the newly refurbished Leeds Art Gallery, a £6m Museum Discovery centre last year and is due to open its new £23m Leeds City Museum in Autumn ’08. A curator is sought to be a part of the reshaping of one of the country’s major museum and art gallery services that puts collections and people at the heart of its education, cultural and social inclusion goals.

Based in the newly refurbished Leeds Art Gallery you will be responsible for the development, care, access and interpretation of the designated Fine Art collections including “probably the best collection of 20th century British Art outside London” (The Times). You will also play a key role in the development of exhibitions, events and educational activities in the area of Fine Art to appeal to all sections of the community and visitors to the City. Experience of working in collections management in a similar environment and of planning and delivering exhibitions and events with a wide variety of audiences is essential. This is a full-time position, salary £26,067 - 27,594 p.a.

Job information can be downloaded at or alternatively, please contact the council’s recruitment service on 0113 224 3357.
Closing date 5:00pm, 8th May 2008
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Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, April 21. 2008 • Category: Announcements now has a page on Facebook, one of the most popular social networking websites. If you are a Facebook user, drop by the page and become a "fan" of Fans of on Facebook can chat with each other on the discussion board, and will be notified of significant updates to the site.
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Opportunity: Visual Arts Curatorial Program

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, April 20. 2008 • Category: Announcements
Visual Arts Curatorial Program: Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada
Program dates: August 04, 2008 - March 27, 2009
Application deadline: April 30, 2008
Note: Program dates exclude December 13, 2008, to January 4, 2009.

This work study program with The Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery is designed for emerging curators. This is a hands-on opportunity that allows the participant to work on projects with direct mentorship and support in a multitude of areas focusing on the participants learning objectives. Learning opportunities may be formal sessions, workshops, or informal opportunities arising out of daily situations. The work portion of the experience will primarily focus on activities that complement the participant’s learning objectives as the work relates to the real and ongoing activities of the Walter Phillips Gallery. For further information, please visit the Banff Centre for the Arts' website.
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Job: Artists and Programmes Curator, Wysing Arts

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, April 20. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Following a period of substantial growth Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge, UK is recruiting in order to move the organisation into the next exciting phase of its development. Wysing is fast establishing a reputation for the work it does in supporting artists and in new ways of working with audiences, and they are seeking a talented Curator to develop and deliver this work.

The salary is £23,000 p.a. Closing date for applications for the post is 2 May 2008. For further information call 01954 718881 or email info -at- Wysing Arts Centre is an Equal Opportunities employer.
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Job: Assistant Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, April 20. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The Irish Museum of Modern Art wishes to appoint an Assistant Curator to its dynamic Exhibitions Department working on modern and contemporary projects. Applicants must have proven capabilities in all aspects of exhibition administration. Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential, as is an ability to work as part of a team. A knowledge of modern and contemporary art is essential.

Salary range: € 22,911 to € 41,655 (11 point scale) exclusive of superannuation and € 24,117 to € 43,848 inclusive of superannuation. Salary commensurate with experience. The post is a 12 month fixed term contract (career break cover). Requests for a more detailed outline for this post should be directed to Fiona Brady Ph: +353 1 612 9977 or Email: fiona.brady -at-

Applications in writing together with a Curriculum Vitae should be forwarded to:

The Human Resources Department
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital, Military Road Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland

To arrive not later than 9 May 2008.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunities employer.
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Opportunity: Call for curators at artselector

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, April 19. 2008 • Category: Announcements
The artselector contemporary fine art collective was originally set up by MA Fine Art graduates of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art. artselector offers an online visual directory of international contemporary fine artists, independent curators and galleries.

Currently artselector is seeking to appoint sessional curators in the areas of painting, sculpture, photography, digital media, printmaking, performance, drawing, film & video, and audio art. You should be either a practicing contemporary fine artist/researcher or curator, ideally a postgraduate, with an international exhibiting/curating history. Sessions are negotiable between 1 and 6 months.

Although unpaid, artselector sessional curators will benefit from being credited and receiving specific coverage of their own practice on the artselector website. For more information contact: admin -at- Deadline: May 20th 2008.
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Opportunity: European Course for Contemporary Art Curators

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, April 12. 2008 • Category: Announcements
European Course for Contemporary Art Curators

Visiting Professor Charles Esche
Visiting Artist Nedko Solakov
9 - 19 October 2008
Milan, Italy
Deadline for the applications: 16 June 2008

The Province of Milan, the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, and the Delegation of the European Commission in Milan promote the second edition of the European Course of Contemporary Art Curators (CECAC). The course, curated by Roberto Pinto and Gabi Scardi, offers young European curators the opportunity to work side by side with an internationally renowned Visiting Professor, approaching a critical analysis of theoretical and practical aspects of curatorship and of the contemporary art scene. The course also represents an occasion to establish new connections between young operators from different European countries, set up a working platform that may enable the participants to develop further curatorial projects, and encourage international circulation of cultural initiatives.

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Pick 'N Mix - April 2008

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, April 1. 2008 • Category: Pick 'N Mix
Here's the April '08 edition of Pick 'N Mix, my monthly annotated list of little news items in the realm of curating.

- The Whitney Biennial is generating the usual column inches. Of interest in the coverage of the Biennial is the ongoing commentary about the curators themselves, and their intentions. Jerry Saltz's recent column discusses the significance of their age: "I was thrilled that the Whitney was prepared to give itself over to young curators. [...] no sooner had Huldisch and Momin been named than Whitney director Adam Weinberg pulled back the reins, announcing that the two would be "overseen" by the museum’s chief curator, Donna De Salvo, and that they'd "work with" three older "advisers," Thelma Golden, Bill Horrigan and Linda Norden." A piece entitled "The Facebook Biennial" in NY Magazine, offers a detail-rich portrait of the two curators, from the ways their careers unfolded (apparently, Momin's highly planned, Huldisch's not as as much) to the technology in the room: "Momin pulls out an iPhone, Huldisch a battered Motorola".

- In a recent post on Tara Hunt's blog, she talks about the example of how the now-ubiquitous Post-It note came into being. (Stay with me, here.) Tara writes about the three personalities that were responsible for the Post-It note's success: the Creator, Catalyst, and Champion.
"...the Creator, Spencer Silver, had come up with the glue that makes the Post-It note work almost a decade before the Catalyst, Arthur Fry, found a use for the glue (keeping his church choir sheets staying put). But even then, it didn't even make it past corporate scrutiny until they found Champions: the people who were able to take the idea and sell it to others. [...] Creators are the inventors, the coders, the people who come up with a crazy idea. Quite often, though, they aren't able to connect that crazy idea with a real life issue to be solved. That's the Catalyst's job. Catalysts are really awesome at understanding real life applications of wacky ideas. They are connectors. But Catalysts aren't always good at marketing their ideas nor can they replicate themselves, so they need Champions (many of them) to take that awesome application of the wacky invention and spread the word. The three types of people behind innovation are necessary to make ideas come alive and spread."
And so, in the cultural domain, are curators catalysts or champions? A bit of both? Are they also sometimes the creator? I found this example to be an interesting way to think about the ways that the role of the curator can shift and requires a wide range of skills and roles to be played.

- And now, for a little light bedtime reading... A recent paper by London-based think-tank Demos about cultural learning provides food for thought. "In the context of recent government announcements about cultural education, Demos today challenged cultural professionals and educationalists to provide a new and coherent direction for creative learning and for encouraging creativity through culture. Culture and Learning: Towards a New Agenda, a consultation paper written by John Holden, is published today to invite debate and responses." Demos is a very interesting think tank, I recommend you browse their full collection of cultural papers at their website.
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