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Job - Curator of Public Programmes, Nottingham Contemporary, deadline August 19

Posted by April Steele • Wednesday, July 27. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Nottingham Contemporary opened in November 2009 in an outstanding new building by Caruso St John. It is one of the largest and leading centres for contemporary art in the U.K. We have both an international outlook and a strong sense of local purpose. We are now seeking a Curator of Public Programmes. The role is key to our vision to generate debate across disciplines with a diverse public, with particular emphasis on students and staff at the universities in Nottingham. This renowned programme is funded by The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.

The postholder will lead on devising and delivering Nottingham Contemporary's programme of discursive activities, including talks, seminars, symposia, film screenings and related publishing initiatives in print and online. We aim to draw out the connections between contemporary art and a wide range of intellectual fields, in collaboration with artists, writers, university colleagues and our audiences, and see this as a means of examining art's broader social and cultural relevance. We will continue to develop a public programme that is engaging and ambitious, that takes a creative approach to its formats, and that opens onto inspiring worlds of ideas. Besides four beautiful galleries, Nottingham Contemporary has a Study and a large auditorium, which accommodates over 200.

Nottingham has a large student population and we have close links with both universities in Nottingham. The Curator of Public Programmes will have a particular responsibility for developing exciting work with colleagues from the higher education sector, for developing student participation in our programme, and for collaborating on external bids for funding for longer-term projects.

The successful candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of contemporary art, as well as enthusiasm for a wide range of knowledge areas. Familiarity with other art forms is also desirable. We are looking for someone with initiative and a commitment to dialogue and collaboration, within and outside our organisation. He or she will be an excellent communicator, in person and in writing, able to work closely with practitioners and specialists, and inspire audiences of various kinds. He or she will have a lively and creative intellect, as well as strong organizational skills and attention to detail, and a commitment to digital archiving.

The Curator of Public Programmes will work closely with the Director, Alex Farquharson, as well as other colleagues in the Exhibitions and Learning teams. The position is offered full time on a three year contract.

The deadline for applications is 19th August 2011.

The application form and further details can be found on
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