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Job: Lecturer in Curating, Goldsmiths

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, February 23. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Working in the Department of Art you will work flexibly within the context of student-centred learning and assist the Department to achieve its strategic objectives. You will make a significant contribution to the management, delivery and teaching of Curating and, research culture. You will have a PhD or equivalent professional experience in an appropriate field and a proven record of achievement in research at an exceptional level as a professional ‘in the field’ of art with an output record at an international level. You will also have knowledge of art education policy as it impacts on learning and teaching Knowledge of trends and have experience of current developments in art and its critical and academic contexts.

Part time (0.5fte). For further information:
hr -at-

Please quote ref: 09/40. No agencies please
Closing date: Tuesday 10th March 2009
Interview date: Week commencing Monday 30th March 2009
Committed to equal opportunities
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Job: Chief Curator, LABoral

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, February 19. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial is a multidisciplinary space founded to foster artistic exchange and encourage relationships between society, art, science, technology and creative industries. It is furthermore a centre for artistic and technical research, education and production, as well as for the projection of new forms of art and industrial creation.

Directly reporting to the Director, the Chief Curator will lead a small team and will be in charge of researching LABoral's various programmes, significantly contributing to the development of a theoretical and practical discourse within the framework of the LABoral management and direction project and the conceptual posits deriving from it.

When it comes to developing the LABoral programming policies, the Chief Curator will grant utmost importance to the creation of audiences. She/He will help in the development of networks of relationships among the various art systems in order to decisively contribute to the excellence of LABoral as an exhibition, research and production centre with an international status. He/She will actively involve him/herself in the local art scene in Asturias and will look for formulas for its projection, creation, integration and other opportunities within the global context.

Together with the Director and the General Coordinator, the Chief Curator will also explore opportunities for subsidies and sponsorships, proactively contributing to secure funding.

The Chief Curator shall have a university degree or equivalent; demonstrate a minimum experience of three years in the interdisciplinary field of visual arts, technology, science and industrial creation. She/He shall also demonstrate a profound knowledge of the art systems; to have a network of contacts in Spain and abroad in the fields of visual arts, technology and contemporary industrial creation so as to be able to contribute to the continuation of LABoral as an international point of reference, capable of developing a policy of activities with excellence.

The candidate shall have a full command of Spanish and English, and demonstrate his/her skill in communicating knowledge; shall involve and engage a variety of audiences; and demonstrate a capacity for communication and teamwork.

Deadline for applications: March 23rd 2009

Applications should be sent to José Pedreira, Secretary of Fundación, via email to: secretario -at- or by registered post in a sealed tender (not including sender's name) visibly indicating "ANNOUNCEMENT CHIEF CURATOR" to:
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
Los Prados, 121
33394 Gijón

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial is a space for artistic exchange. It is set up with the purpose of establishing an effective alliance between art, design, culture, industry and economic progress and the goal of becoming a space for interaction and dialogue between art, new technologies and industrial creation. It throws a special spotlight on production, creation and research into art concepts still being defined.

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Job: Director/Chief Curator at Konstcentrum, Sweden

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, February 13. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Gävle Konstcentrum is part of the municipal Department of Culture and Leisure. It is one of Sweden's leading galleries for contemporary art, with strong national as well as local connections, and a dynamic art education programme. Konstcentrum handles all municipal art activities. The city of Gävle has a large and comprehensive art collection including both permanent pieces placed in public space and art placed temporarily in municipal premises. Konstcentrum manages the so-called "one percent commissions" (art purchased for one percent of the cost of new construction), the acquisition, deposition, cataloguing and conservation of Gävle's municipal art collection. Konstcentrum is located in the Culture Centre Silvanum together with Gävle University College's programme for Design and Wood Technology, Gefle IF (Gävle's football club) and offices for various cultural departments within the county council. Gävle Konstcentrum provides an attractive gathering place for people who are interested in the contemporary arts and also in discussions and debates on timely cultural and social issues.

Position: Director/Chief Curator
Permanent post, starting 1 May 2009

Job Description

As Director of Konstcentrum you will have overall responsibility for everything relating to municipal art in Gävle. In addition to exhibition and programme activities, including art education, your responsibilities will include Konstcentrum's art collection: acquisitions, depositions and conservation as well as municipal public art commissions, which have, since 1998, involved the application of the one percent rule for artistic ornamentation in conjunction with renovation or new building construction. Konstcentrum is also an important institution for local art and artists and manages studio and artists' ateljé subsidies. You will be responsible for the gallery's economy, budget and its staff, which consists of four permanent and a number of temporary employees.Emphasis in the immediate future will be given to the further development of Konstcentrum's extensive educational programme, to investigating the position of art in public space and to internationalization.


The successful applicant should have a university degree in Art History and qualified knowledge of contemporary art. An international network and a particular interest in art education and public art. Documented experience of producing exhibitions is required as is experience of managing staff and being responsible for a budget. Experience of public administration is a merit.

Union Representatives
Per Berg, DIK, (tel +4626 179448), Sirkka Johansson, SKTF (tel +4626 17 97 19)

For further information
Contact Eva Nyberg, Personnel Director, Municipality of Gävle (tel. +4626 179411); Mats Öström, head of the Department of Culture and Leisure (tel. +4626 1794 01)

Apply via Gävle municipality's web site, Lediga Jobb.
Deadline for applications is 15 March 2009. / konstcentrum -at-
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Opportunity: Research Fellowships, National Galleries of Canada

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, February 8. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The Research Fellowships Program of the National Gallery of Canada encourages and supports advanced research. The fellowships emphasize the use and investigation of the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, including those of the Gallery’s Library and Archives. 2009/2010 competitive fellowships are offered in the field of Canadian Art (including the Indigenous Art of Canada); European and Modern Art; and Art Conservation.

Applications are welcomed from art historians, curators, critics, independent researchers, conservators, conservation scientists and other professionals in the visual arts, museology and related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, who have a graduate degree or equivalent publication history. The fellowships are open to international competition.

Fellowships are tenable only at the National Gallery of Canada. The term of full-time residency must fall within the period 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010. Awards can be up to $5,000 a month, including expenses and stipend, to a maximum of $30,000.

The National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives houses the most extensive collection of visual arts literature in Canada (250,000 books and periodicals), and constitutes the national research collection in the field. Materials on Canadian art are collected comprehensively. Holdings are international in scope, with notable strengths in the history of western European and North American art and the history of photography.

Deadline: 30 April 2009.

For application procedures, please consult the website or contact:

Jonathan Franklin
Chief, Library, Archives and Research Fellowships Program
National Gallery of Canada
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4

telephone (613) 990-0590
fax (613) 990-6190
fellowships -at-
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Job: Curator of Art, Norfolk County Council

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, February 7. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Curator of Art (Modern & Contemporary), based at Norwich Castle Study Centre

£19,370 - £23,405 per annum

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery is developing its profile as a venue for modern and contemporary art in the context of the historic and modern collections. Norwich Castle delivers an annual programme of temporary art exhibitions and associated activities in association with partners, notably Tate, British Museum, East Anglia Art Fund and Norfolk Contemporary Art Society.

You will lead the development of the modern and contemporary collections and exhibitions and assist in the delivery and administration of the temporary exhibitions programme at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Duties will include documentation, loans administration, developing and producing display and related educational materials, and installing and marketing exhibitions.

You will have worked in a museums or gallery environment previously, have art curatorial experience, documentation and administration experience, together with an awareness of collections management issues and excellent communication and organisational skills.

For further details and how to apply: Online: Email: jobs -at- Telephone: 0844 800 8007

Please quote job reference: CSP09/119

Closing date: 20 February 2009. Interview date: 6 March 2009.
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Opportunity: Curatorial bursaries, One Day Sculpture

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, February 5. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Litmus with the support of Creative New Zealand is pleased to announce two bursaries for the forthcoming One Day Sculpture Symposium.

The bursaries, each of which provide $600 for travel costs and symposium registration, are specifically designed for emerging curators who would otherwise be unable to cover the costs associated with travel to Wellington to attend the symposium.

Applications are invited from New Zealand based curators who are not directly involved in One Day Sculpture. Each curator is asked to submit a one page description/ expression of interest as to how there curatorial practice might benefit from attendance at the symposium. Litmus will convene a panel, including an established curator, to determine which applicants have best made the case for the awarding of a bursary.

Applications close on Monday March 2.
Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 6 March.

For further information or to apply for a bursary, please contact:

Hannah Edmunds
Symposium Administrator
Litmus Research Initiative
Massey University School of Fine Arts
Private Box 756
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

H.L.Edmunds -at-

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Opportunity: The Core Program residency

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, February 3. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The Core Program awards one- and two-year residencies to highly motivated, exceptional visual artists and art scholars who have completed their undergraduate or graduate training but have not yet fully developed a professional career. Established in 1982 within the Glassell School of Art, the teaching wing of Houston's Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Texas, USA), the Core Program encourages intensive and innovative studio practice as well as the elaboration of an intellectual framework through which to understand that practice. Residents engage in ongoing dialogue with each other and with leading figures in art and criticism who are brought in as visitors.

In 1998, the program added critical studies residencies. These residencies also include a $10,000 annual stipend and access to facilities, including borrowing privileges at the museum's Hirsch Library and the Fondren Library at nearby Rice University. The program runs on an academic calendar, from September through May. Toward the end of each year, the artist residents mount a group show in the school's main gallery, and the critical studies residents prepare essays summarizing aspects of their independent research. These essays, as well as documentation of the resident artists' work, are gathered in a published catalogue. In addition to such writing projects, critical studies residents are challenged to curate their own separate shows using space allotted within the museum and/or school. Additional writing and curatorial opportunities are created through cooperation with other area schools and nonprofit art organizations. Like the artist residents, each critic in the program meets independently with visiting scholars and theorists, as well as the Program Director, to discuss his or her curatorial projects and overall research. In this way an environment is created that amply supports not only the production of individual work by both resident artists and critics but its reception within an intimate yet diverse creative and intellectual community. After the first year, residents may reapply for a second year.

To apply, please visit the Core Program website for further instruction. The application deadline is April 1, 2009, and all materials must be received by that date.
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Opportunity: Curatorial residency with the Athens Biennale

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, February 2. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
As part of its ongoing Residency Programme, the European Biennial Network is issuing an Open Call for applications for a residency position offered by the Athens Biennale.

The European Biennial Network is a collaborative structure, active in the field of contemporary art, that aims to promote dialogue, interaction and collaboration between contemporary art Biennials in Europe. It intends to use the knowledge, experience and wealth of information accumulated by organisers of large-scale periodic art events, in order to support the communication and mobility of artists and art professionals.

The Residency Programme of the European Biennial Network aims to offer to successful applicants the opportunity to conduct original research on contemporary art in a major city, while supported by the organisers of a biennial exhibition. The knowledge and experience of the host and its relationship to the specific locality will provide the resident access to the local art scene, historical records, archives, academic collocutors, and any other support necessary for research.

Each member Biennial of the European Biennial Network is individually responsible for the resident it will host. The position for which this Open Call is made is the following: One three-month residency for a curator hosted by the Athens Biennale, between 1st May 2009 to 30th July 2009.

Residency position requirements: The scope of the residency must relate to researching the Athens contemporary art scene.

The resident will be required to follow a demanding programme, which will include studio visits, conversations with artists, curators, critics and academics, collectors, museum directors, and other art professionals, as well as visits to exhibitions and portfolio examinations. He/she will also be expected to fully engage with the local scene, acquiring an expertise in local artists that may be used in future projects. He/she will also be required to give lectures about former and current projects, participate in seminars with various partners of the Athens Biennale.

The term of the residency coincides with final preparations and the opening the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009 HEAVEN, which will offer the resident a unique ‘insiders look’, as well as the opportunity to experience the city at a most vivid period for contemporary art.

This application is open to all curators, whether permanently employed at an institution or independent.

Applications must be made for the specific residency position. The successful applicant will be selected by the Athens Biennale. (Please see Application Guidelines below.) The successful applicant will be offered travel to and from their host city and accommodation, as well as a stipend of 1.000 euros per month. Additional funds for equipment and/or transport of work may be available, depending on the specifics of the residency.

Upon completion of the residency, the resident will be required to produce a text, outlining the basic parameters of his/her research, which will be used for publication by the European Biennial Network.

Application Guidelines:

Applications must be made by cv and a letter of interest (max. 500 words). There is no special application form.

In the letter of interest, the applicant must clearly outline how he/she intends to respond to the requirements of the position.

Applicants may be requested to provide further clarifications and/or additional material, during the selection process. This will not constitute any indication as to the success of the application.

Generic applications, or ones not clearly relating to the requirements of the position, will not be accepted.

Applications must be in English.

Although the Athens Biennale will be selecting the successful applicant, applications must not be sent directly to the Athens Biennale. Any such applications will not be accepted. Applications must be sent by e-mail only (attached as word or pdf documents) to the European Biennial Network: [email protected]

Application deadline: 28th February 2009, inclusive.

The successful applicant will be notified by the Athens Biennale, after 15th March 2009.

Only the successful applicant will be notified. Due to the volume of applications expected, we cannot individually reply to each applicant.
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