Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Job: Curator, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, September 28. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
About Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery: Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery is an independent gallery funded largely by Arts Council England. Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery has an excellent reputation for their work in contemporary visual art and craft and are going through an exciting period of expansion. The Gallery is situated in the historic Market Cross, a fine Grade I listed building restored in the Georgian period, with foundations dating back to 1583. It was renovated by the celebrated architect Robert Adam in the late 18th century, providing a remodelled theatre for the townspeople to enjoy. Indeed, performances of one sort or another have been taking place here ever since, not least when the Market Cross became home to the Art Gallery in 1972 and retaining its high ceilings, Georgian façade and elegant arched windows.

The Gallery is an educational charity which promotes the best contemporary art, craft and design from Britain and abroad and supports artists working in Suffolk. It achieves this through exhibitions, the Craft Shop, projects with artists, publications and educational and marketing events and activities. It curates exhibitions in its own space and organises shows that tour nationally, such as 'Self' and 'arttextiles'.

About the job: As Curator, you will curate the programme of visual art exhibitions and artist projects along with associated events and outreach work. £18,630, 37.5 hours a week, 3 year Fixed Term Contract.

Closing date Monday, 27 October 2008

For an application pack telephone Natalie Sinnadurai on 01284 762081 e-mail natalie.sinnadurai -at- or download from The Trust strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Job: Curator at Experimenta

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, September 26. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Experimenta is a dynamic organisation based in Melbourne, Australia that exhibits, commissions and promotes excellent media art. It produces biennial exhibitions, national and international tours and commissions artworks for exhibitions and public spaces.

Experimenta is seeking a curator to drive its exhibition, touring and project activities. The ideal candidate will have experience in the curation and commissioning of media art, and more broadly, contemporary art, production management experience in the hosting of large scale exhibitions and events and the ability to create exceptional curatorial projects.

Download the Position Description from the Experimenta website.

For further information about the role, please contact Experimenta on +61 3 9650 9977.
Closing date: 3 October 2008, 17:00 hrs AEST.
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Job: Chief Curator, Whitechapel

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, September 26. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The Whitechapel is looking to recruit a Chief Curator. The successful candidate will bring a strong curatorial vision and an engagement with new developments in art and visual culture around the world. They will help shape the future artistic programme, devise specific exhibitions, projects and publications; and articulate, through public talks and writings, the ideas and issues that inform contemporary practice. They will also be engaged with 20th century art history from a global perspective, curating occasional historical surveys. The Chief Curator will provide editorial guidance for Whitechapel Gallery interpretation, publicity texts and publications.

Salary: upwards of £40k contingent upon experience

The Whitechapel strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

To apply for an application pack:
Email Recruitment

Deadline for applications: 28 November 2008
Interviews will be held on: 8 December 2008
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Opportunity: Lewis Glucksman Gallery Fellowship

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, September 25. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Fellowship in Curatorial Practice 2009
University College Cork

The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts. Located at University College Cork, the Glucksman is a landmark building that includes display spaces, lecture facilities, a riverside restaurant and gallery shop. The Glucksman was named 2005 Best Public Building in Ireland by the RIAI. The building is a RIBA award winner and was short-listed for the Stirling Prize in 2005.

The Glucksman's artistic mission is to explore all aspects of visual culture and present a range of innovative
and intellectually stimulating displays. The exhibitions programme at the Glucksman fosters scholarship in
a new environment placing particular emphasis on the unique role of visual media in communicating
knowledge. Central to this is the creation of discursive relationships between academic disciplines and art
practice. This is reflected in a wide range of exhibitions that span various media and historical periods with
an emphasis on international contemporary art.

The Glucksman is currently offering a Fellowship in Curatorial Practice for a one year period commencing
in January 2009. The Fellowship offers a graduate-level candidate the opportunity to gain professional
curatorial experience in an internationally significant gallery. The Fellowship is aimed at those who wish to
pursue a professional curatorial career in an institutional context. The Fellow will work with the Curator of
Exhibitions + Projects on the research, administration and realisation of the Glucksman's artistic
programme, with additional duties as appropriate to specific projects. The Glucksman will consider
exceptional candidates in art history, museum studies, and related fields with a demonstrated interest in
contemporary art and curatorial practice.

The Fellowship is a one year full-time position with a €12000 salary and a further €2000 available for travel
and research related costs.

Person Specification: Candidates will require the following knowledge and experience:
- A thorough knowledge of current art issues and trends in visual arts practice
- Demonstrated administrative skills, preferably in the cultural arena
- Excellent interpersonal and organisational abilities
- A relevant third level qualification, preferably at postgraduate level

Applications to consist of CV, relevant material, covering letter outlining interest in curatorial practice and
two references with contact details of the referees. Applications should be submitted by 13 October 2008
to the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland, marked FELLOWSHIP IN CURATORIAL
PRACTICE. Interviews with the short-listed candidates will be conducted on 20 October 2008 by phone.

Consult for further information on the Glucksman's artistic programme. Please contact Matt Packer, Curator of Exhibitions + Projects, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, at m.packer -at- for further information if required.
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Call for Registration: Trade Secrets symposium

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, September 25. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Call for Registration: Banff International Curatorial Institute Symposium: Trade Secrets
Conference dates: November 12 - 14, 2008
Application deadline: October 31, 2008

The latest in the ongoing series of the Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) conferences, Trade Secrets will re-focus the collective discussion about the curatorial profession by exploring specific issues regarding: the education of curators; the challenges facing collection-based curators; trends in curatorial research; and the writing of curatorial histories.

Invited guests include François Aubart, Wayne Baerwaldt, Sabine Breitwieser, AA Bronson, Heather Diack, Joseph del Pesco, Rosemary Donegan, Sam Durant, Barbara Fischer, Richard Flood, Teresa Gleadowe, Matthew Higgs, Candice Hopkins, Céline Kopp, Ken Lum, Francesco Manacorda, Marc Mayer, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Lourdes Morales, and Joanna Mytkowska.

To apply to attend, visit the Banff International Curatorial Institute website.
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Opportunity: XPACE Cultural Centre

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, September 22. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
XPACE Cultural Centre is seeking proposals from emerging and established artists, designers, and curators working in a variety of media. We accept proposals for the main floor gallery and our basement gallery, XBASE. For proposal requirements and application forms, please visit:

XPACE programming is juried by a committee three times a year. XPACE welcomes curated group shows, and although solo exhibitions are not part of XPACE's mandate, proposals from individual artists for curatorial consideration are accepted.

Upcoming Proposal Application Deadline: October 17, 2008

Please mail proposals to:
XPACE Cultural Centre Programming Committee
c/o Serena Lee
XPACE Cultural Centre
58 Ossington Ave.
Toronto, ON
M6J 2Y7

Incomplete applications/applications sent via email or fax will not be considered.

Feel free to discuss proposals with XPACE staff; inquiries should be directed to Programming Coordinator, Serena Lee, at 416 849 2864 or serena -at-

XPACE offers proposal workshops prior to each of our application deadlines; we invite you to bring in your applications (works-in-progress welcome) for feedback and guidance. Please RSVP to serena -at-

Proposal Application Workshop Date:
October 01, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

XPACE Cultural Centre is a non-profit artist and student-run centre committed to making space for emerging artists and designers. XPACE is affiliated with the Ontario College of Art & Design. Please note that applications will not be returned. Applicants will be notified within three months of their proposal’s status.
XPACE thanks all applicants for their interest.

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Job: Curator, Fine Art at Leeds Art Gallery

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, September 17. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Leeds Museums & Galleries Service is in the midst of a period of major investment and development. A new Visitor Centre opened at Kirkstall Abbey in 2006. 2007 saw the opening of the newly refurbished Art Gallery and the £6 million Museum Discovery Centre. A further £23 million has been invested in the new Leeds City Museum which is due open in September 2008.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of reshaping one of the country’s major Museum and Gallery services, working with major collections and historic sites to build a challenging, dynamic and sustainable customer focussed service that meets the educational, cultural, social inclusion and urban renewal goals of Leeds City Council.

Curator Fine Art

£26,067- £27,594 Ref: 8930

Based in the newly refurbished Leeds Art Gallery you will be responsible for shaping the future of our outstanding designated Fine Art collections. You will be interested in collections development, research, exhibitions and events and education in Fine Art to appeal to all sections of the community and visitors to the city.

Leeds Museums & Galleries Service are looking for an individual with a passion for their collections - especially 20th Century painting and print-making, a proven academic track record, an inspirational communicator with demonstrable experience of Fine Art collections management and interpretation. A post-graduate qualification, experience of working with a collection of similar status and of planning and delivering exhibitions and events with a wide variety of audiences is essential.

Benefits are offered including pension scheme, flexible working arrangements and up to 30 days annual leave entitlement.

Leeds Museums & Galleries Service promotes diversity and wants a workforce that reflects the population of Leeds.

Job information can be downloaded at or alternatively, please contact the council’s recruitment service on 0113 224 3357

Closing date 5:00pm, 24th October 2008
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Opportunity: Truman Curatorial Fellowship

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, September 17. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Application Deadline - postmark by Friday, October 31, 2008

The Truman Curatorial Fellowship aims to cultivate new curatorial talent while generating innovative contemporary art programming in our community.

The Truman State University Art Gallery (USA) will name a new Curatorial Fellow each year and spend approximately one year collaborating with that person on two exhibitions in our facility, bringing them in for two campus visits, learning from them, and supporting their curatorial efforts. Fellows receive an honorarium, access to a beautiful exhibition space, a modest exhibition budget, technical support, and an engaged community to address, provoke, and learn from. Most importantly, Fellows gain valuable experience and national exposure as curators of great scholarly impact.

The 2009 Curatorial Fellow will be required to participate in a number of activities:

· Lengthy correspondence in the winter of 2008/2009 regarding upcoming campus visit and collaboration.

· Visit to campus March 2-5, 2009 to collaborate on a new exhibition, jury student work, and give a public lecture or other presentation.

· Ongoing correspondence and planning during 2009 regarding second curated exhibition.

· Attendance at the public reception for the second curated exhibition.

The 2009 Curatorial Fellow will receive the following support:

· An honorarium of $2000.

· Travel expenses.

· Technical assistance from, and creative dialogue with, Gallery staff and friends.

· A modest exhibition budget.

· Recognition and publicity for their curatorial work.

As a means of inspiring the best possible Fellowship applications we include this open-ended list of possible curatorial directions. This list is meant to provoke thought, but not constrain it:

Curating as a creative art form.

Curating as a patriarchal practice.

Curating as a means of communication.

Curating as a means of social justice.

Curating as a means of asking questions.

Curating as a means of commodification.

Exhibition as spectacle.

Exhibition as mortuary.

Exhibition as public forum.

Exhibition as ivory tower.

Exhibition as social setting.

For information on how to apply contact Aaron Fine, Gallery Director at afine -at-
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