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Job: Tyneside Cinema, Artistic Programme Producer - Maternity Cover

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, March 10. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Artistic Programme Producer - Maternity Cover

Tyneside Cinema is seeking to employ an experienced, dynamic and extremely well organised arts producer to manage the delivery of all artistic programmes at the Cinema; including artist commissions, exhibitions and residencies.

Deadline for applications is 17:00, Friday 28 March 2014.
Responsible to: Cinema Projects Manager
Salary: £18,500
Tenure: Fixed Term Contract until 31st March 2015

How to apply
To apply for this position, please download and complete an application form and email it to:recruitment -at- tynesidecinema.co.uk with ‘Artistic Programme Producer’ in the subject line.

Or return your application by post to:

Tyneside Cinema
10 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne

For more information about this role, including a full job description and application form, please visit https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/about-us/jobs/artistic-programme-producer

If you have a question about the role, please contact us at recruitment -at- tynesidecinema.co.uk.

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Job: Exhibitions Officer, The National Glass Centre

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, March 6. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Job Title: Exhibitions Officer
Reference No: NGC091
Reports to: Art, Learning and Engagement Manager
Grade: C
Working Hours: 37 hours per week
Faculty / Service: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media
Location: The National Glass Centre (NGC), St Peter’s Campus
Closing Date: 21 March 2014

Main Purpose of Role:
To work effectively with the Head of Arts and colleagues to support and contribute to the curation and delivery of exhibitions, residencies, publications and events, their public interface and contribute to the development of future programme plans.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:
- To support the effective delivery of the exhibition programme by undertaking planning, development and research, where appropriate.

- Providing comprehensive administrative support to the exhibition programme, including securing loans for the exhibition, insurance coverage, administering project documentation, obtaining and reviewing business quotations and all associated correspondence.

- To work closely with colleagues and liaise directly with artists, collectors, organisations and exhibitors on behalf of the Art, Learning and Engagement

- To lead the organisation and display of the exhibition programme and with the support of technical colleagues, the installation and de-installation of exhibitions. Supervising volunteers and Gallery Learning Facilitators in this activity.

- To be responsible for the art handling procedure for all exhibits. Processing and documenting the condition on arrival of all artwork, handling, installation,
monitoring and safe guarding of all artwork during exhibition.

- To maintain, monitor and source exhibition equipment when needed with the assistance of technical colleagues.

- To assist the Art, Learning and Engagement Manager and colleagues in the production and editing of text for exhibition interpretation, programme
information publications, printed materials and website.

- To undertake, contribute and be responsible for the development and safe keeping of the exhibition programme archive.

- To work with the Craft & Design Retail Manager in researching and installation of retail exhibitions and events.

Special Circumstances:
This role requires a flexible approach to work which may incorporate some evening and weekend working. Annual leave may also be restricted at certain times of the year to account for peaks in workload.

Qualifications and Experience:
Qualifications and Professional Memberships:
- Educated to Degree level or equivalent within a related subject area.

- Demonstrable experience of working within a similar visual arts focussed role.
- Proven experience of project coordination and exhibition.

Key Knowledge and Expertise:
- Good proven knowledge of contemporary art.
- Demonstrable IT skills in wide variety of Microsoft Office packages.
- Excellent administration and organisational skills.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships:
- Post graduate qualification within a related subject area.
- Well networked in the visual arts community.

- Practical experience of handling art.
- Proven experience and understanding of glass making.
- Demonstrable experience of writing and publishing.

Key Knowledge and Expertise:
- Proven knowledge of the Higher Education environment.
- Proven knowledge of applied arts.

For the full application details and application form, please visit: http://services.sunderland.ac.uk/hr/staffrecruitment/vacancies/
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Job: Curator, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, March 6. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Expressions of Interest are invited from interested parties to undertake a commission for a Curator working with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Fawcett Street, Sunderland
The information below will provide the necessary background and context to enable the submission of a brief to undertake this commission which will be for a period of up to 12 months until March 31 2015.

Title of service: Curator, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
Closing date for applications: 5:00pm 24 March 2013
Interviews: early April 2014, likely 11 April TBC
Responsible to: Programme Director, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
Commencement: April 2014
Duration: Until 31 March 2015
Fees: The maximum fee for the delivery of this service will be up to £1500 per calendar month across the period, and will be fully inclusive of all costs.
Location: Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art is based at the City Library, Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE
Contract Type: Contract for Service will be issued to the successful applicant with detailed schedule of works.

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) is one of the largest public spaces in the UK, and has staged the first exhibitions in England of artists from Harun Farocki to Cory Arcangel. The Gallery has two spaces, a 5000 square foot main gallery that can offer complex group exhibitions or large-scale one-person shows, and a 750 square foot project space. The commission of Curator will deliver both these strands, and contribute to the delivery of a special project working across the City Library building in which the gallery is housed. The successful applicant will work in partnership with a small team and report directly to the NGCA Programme Director.

The successful applicant should ideally have a postgraduate qualification in fine art, history of art or curatorship, or equivalent experience, and have understanding of or experience of working in a public context. The applicant will need to possess first-rate administrative abilities, attention to detail, and experience of financial forecasting, report writing, marketing and management.

For an informal discussion about either the opportunity or the application process please contact the Programme Director Alistair Robinson on ngca -at- sunderland.gov.uk .

In order to submit an application for this post you MUST register your details first on Sunderland City Council’s quotation portal: www.buysunderlandfirst.co.uk

Should you have any queries or issues during the registration process please contact the Buy Sunderland First Helpdesk on 0191 5612369, email buysunderlandfirst -at- sunderland.gov.uk

Applicants should respond in writing, setting out in detail skills and experience obtained to date working in an Arts Environment providing at least two referees. A full schedule of applicant requirements will be available on the Buy Sunderland First portal. Should you be invited to apply, a link to all of the relevant documents will be emailed to you via Buy Sunderland First. The documents will contain a checklist of requirements pertinent to your submission in order for your application to be deemed compliant and fully considered.

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Opportunity: Scotland + Venice 2015 call

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, February 17. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Scotland + Venice 2015 call
The Scotland and Venice partners are beginning preparations for participation in the 56th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, in 2015. For the artist/s selected, Venice provides a significant opportunity for the development and presentation of new work. For the partners, Venice is an important project that helps to build Scotland’s profile and reputation as an international centre for the visual arts.

The partners are now seeking notes of interest from experienced curators and/or visual arts organisations to work with them in delivering an ambitious and imaginative project that will run during the Biennale in 2015.

Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.

For more information, please click here. (PDF download)

Notes of interest should be submitted to Amanda Catto, Portfolio Manager, Visual Arts at amanda.catto -at- creativescotland.com by 5pm on 7th March 2014.
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Opportunity: Residency, departure studio 2014: Interdisciplinary Vienna

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, February 4. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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studio das weisse haus and departure, the Creative Agency of the City of Vienna, are offering a residency for international curators and theorists entitled "departure studio 2014: Interdisciplinary Vienna".

The residency is going to take place from May 5 until June 30, 2014.

////////// Application deadline: February 28, 2014 (per e-mail to studios -at- dasweissehaus.at).
The results of the open call will be announced until the end of March, 2014.

////////// About the Residency
Due to the general interest of both institutions involved in the residency program of departure studio 2014, as well as to the cultural context of the City of Vienna, the residency specification is defined by the notion of interdisciplinarity.
The question of creative openness between different disciplines is as regards the remarkable past of Vienna in the field of applied arts more then legitimate. Since the reciprocal influence between fine and applied arts in Vienna was and still is significant and multi-layered, and the general range of contemporary art practices related to other fields of human activities is enormous, the framework of departure studio 2014 is characterized by the seeking of potential cross-disciplinary creative approaches.

On one hand, our interest concerns the interdisciplinary practices linking the fields of fine arts with architecture, design, fashion, media and music. On the other hand, we focus on creative practice interconnecting arts, society and science.

////////// We kindly ask the candidates to submit their residency projects reflecting one of these theoretical issues:

1. interdisciplinary creative practice based on the connection of fine arts and architecture, design, fashion, media or music, or on reflection of the artefacts of pop culture

2. interdisciplinary creative practice based on the connection of art and science or social affairs, eventually using science as an initial stage of art production, visualizing science or taking "artistic research" as one of the possible methodologies

departure studio 2014 is open to aesthetic space and time explorations, as well as to the creation of experimental environments for social issues.
The approaches considering the concepts of synthesis of arts and intermediality are more than welcome.
The submitted project should take account of the situation, character, advantages and potential of the City of Vienna in connection to the specified topics.

////////// For more information on the residency and the application process, please visit: http://studiosdwh.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/open-call-for-residencies-for-international-curators-and-theorists/.

////////// For more information on studio das weisse haus, please visit studiosdwh.wordpress.com.
////////// For more information on departure, the Creative Agency of the City of Vienna, please visit www.departure.at.
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Opportunity: Paid internship, Wassaic Project

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, January 28. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Application deadline: February 21st, 2014
Start date: May 2014
End date: September 2014

Work with a group of young, passionate artists and curators at the Wassaic Project, a vibrant multidisciplinary arts organization based in Wassaic, NY. Learn about aspects of running an arts organization from curating, press, marketing, event planning, installation, gallery management and more. Because the Wassaic Project is a small, young organization, interns have a unique opportunity to contribute to the long-term identity of the organization and take on substantial responsibility. Interns have the chance to manage their own projects and will work on our Summer Benefit, our Summer Exhibition and Festival application process, curation, promotion and installation, our Artist Residency application process and logistics, and will help manage our Artist Residency program and events. Interns will work directly with artists as well as the directors of the Wassaic Project.

For more info on how to apply please visit: wassaicproject.org
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Opportunity: Award for Young Curators: MARCO, FRAC Lorraine, SFKM

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, January 13. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, 49 Nord 6 Est - FRAC Lorraine, Metz (Fonds régional d’art contemporain de Lorraine), and Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum (SFKM), Førde organize the 2014 edition of their Award.

All curators born in 1974 and later are eligible to enter the competition.

With this call, MARCO, FRAC Lorraine and SFKM pledge their commitment to training young professionals within the curatorial field.
This competition offers participants a chance to propose a project focused on an original and personal reflection topic, and the possibility to develop it in the exhibition venues at MARCO (1st floor), FRAC Lorraine, and SFKM (mainly the ground- and first-floor galleries).

The proposal must be within the field of contemporary thought and may incorporate any creative forms. The project may be accompanied or constituted by a program of activities in order to open a new space of reflection regarding the treated topic. The originality of the proposed thesis of research, the pertinence of the suggested references, and the multidisciplinarity will be key in the selection of the award winner

The curator of the winning project will receive the sum of 6,500 €, tax included, as an honorarium. His/her travel expenses (for the residencies and installation periods in the three institutions) will be reimburse upon presentation of appropriate supporting documents, up to 5,000 €, including taxes.
The winning project will have a maximum budget of 20,000 € for each venue. It will open in 2015.

The deadline for the presentation of the projects is Friday, March 14, at Midnight.
Dossiers received after this date will not be accepted.

Entries must be submitted in PDF format to the following three email addresses:
info@marcovigo.com, coordination@fraclorraine.org and curator@misf.no with the subject: “Award for Young Curators.”

Projects must be preferably written in English, although French, Galician, Norwegian, and Spanish languages are admitted. In any case, an abstract (2 pp. max.) in English must be included. All projects must be exclusive to FRAC, MARCO and SFKM.

The jury will select the winning project in May 2014. Its decision will be made public before May 15th, 2014, and all participants will be notified by email.

For more information and to download the forms please visit the FRAC Lorraine website.
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Opportunity: 221A Vancouver Curatorial Resident

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Tuesday, January 7. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Deadline: February 3, 2014
Call for Curatorial Residents 2014-15

221A is an artist-run centre located in Vancouver, Canada with a mandate to explore design within contemporary art. Projects are presented in the form of exhibitions, talks, publications and special projects that address design in its widest sense, which may encompass graphics, objects, architecture, or, more broadly, social codes and conventions.

221A is seeking proposals from practicing artists, designers, architects, academics and/or curators, including curatorial collectives, for the 2014-15 Curatorial Residency Program. Started in 2010, the Curatorial Residencies program was implemented to diversify our curatorial approach to our mandate. Residents take on the critical function of working both inside and outside of the organization, offering their experience and ideas towards the continued development of the organization.

Selected residents will be expected to work with the Executive Director to conduct research and develop a curatorial project plan over the course of 2014, and to execute the project during 2015. Curatorial residents are expected to develop a work plan that reflects their individual practice, while meeting research and presentation deliverables established by the organization. Projects may include exhibitions, performances, publications, talks or special projects. Proposals must discuss a viewpoint, theory or approach that the project hopes to foster in relation to the organization’s mandate. Additionally, selected curatorial residents are expected to participate in the Curatorial Committee, meeting monthly, to offer feedback to other curatorial residents and the overall program. The committee offers a space for reflection on the wider program at 221A and a connection between curatorial residents, staff and community.

Proposal Guidelines
Applicants must submit a digital proposal to hello@221a.ca with the following:
• a one-page project proposal, describing the curatorial argument and its relationship to the mandate of the organization;
• a current CV of each of the key contributors (maximum 2 pages each);
• related images/texts as required and a corresponding list indicating the title/description, artist(s) and year of each image/text (pdf or jpegs, max. 15 images, or up to 10 min. of audio or video). For larger format images or videos that cannot be transferred by email please include instructions for access.

Proposals should demonstrate the project’s overall intention and background and are only expected to include pertinent details. Applicants who intend on proposing self-curated projects must describe the reasoning behind this approach. Further research and development of the project is expected upon selection and acceptance.

Selections Process
Project proposals are shortlisted by a committee comprised of members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director and final selections are made by the Executive Director. Selected applicants will be contacted in March 2014. The proposals are assessed based on the organization’s mandate and the current overall direction of the programming, as defined by the Executive Director. During the proposal process, the name of the applicant and some formal qualifications may be omitted from the view of the selections committee to privilege the importance of art and ideas over name recognition. Please note that only applicants under consideration will be contacted. After selections have been made, candidates will be given the opportunity to read over and consider the residency details before signing a formal agreement.

221A is a non-profit organization funded through a mixture of self-generated income, private donations and public funding. Curatorial Residents will be expected to produce a project with a budget of $5,000-$10,000 CDN. The budget allocation will be dependent on the organization’s overall funding conditions and the scope of the project. Curatorial residents are paid a minimum curatorial fee of $2,000 out of the total budget and all projects must pay professional fees to participants at above CARFAC’s minimum fee schedule.

Deadline, Monday, February 3, 2014 no later than 11:59pm PST

Inquiries, Bopha Chhay, Projects Coordinator at bchhay@221a.ca

Source: http://221a.ca/call-2014-15/

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Opportunity: Curatorial Residency. Disjecta, Portland

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Tuesday, January 7. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Call for Curators:

Portland, Oregon-based Disjecta Contemporary Art Center is accepting proposals for a Curator-in-Residence for its 2014-2015 exhibition season.
Disjecta houses an expansive exhibition space for the presentation of visual and performing arts at the regional, national and international level that speaks to the region’s diverse interests, talents and identities.
Supported in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, the CIR program—the first of its kind in the region—provides an opportunity for emerging local and national curatorial talent to develop and expand the scope of their practice through a one-year residency. Curators actively engage with a broad range of artists to create a series of exhibitions in Disjecta’s dynamic 3,500-square-foot space.
Throughout the season (September 2014 through April 2015) the Curator-in-Residence will organize four to six exhibitions. The nature of Disjecta’s exhibition space and mission facilitate contemporary work that is installation-based, specific to the site or project-based—though these should not be considered limitations. Disjecta encourages artists and guest curators to challenge themselves and viewers, to take intelligent risks, and to expand definitions of disciplines.

DISJECTA Contemporary Art Center builds ambitious programs that promote artists and engage communities.

DISJECTA provides a professional platform in which artists can realize their best work and engage new audiences. Our dynamic programs showcase new work and fuel collaborations between artists, curators, and viewers that impact and intervene in the larger contemporary arts dialogue. DISJECTA exacts equal rigor from local and national artists, while recognizing and supporting the talent of the region.


Scope of Work
Solicit and select artists for four to six exhibits (one must emphasize regional Pacific Northwest work) and oversee exhibit planning, budgeting and design.
Administer contracts, schedules and budgets in collaboration with Disjecta staff.
Assist in planning and attend opening receptions, group tours/curator talks, artist talks and workshops with exhibiting artists.
Communicate the mission and goals of Disjecta while bringing a unique curatorial vision to the program.
Convey key messages about artists’ work and Curator-in-Residence exhibits to Disjecta staff for media materials.
Prepare drawings, models and sketches as required.
Participate in fundraising duties as needed or assigned. 

Desired Qualifications
Minimum three years curatorial experience.
Awareness of contemporary arts issues, practices and artists. A clear and distinct curatorial vision that is consistent with Disjecta’s mission.
Knowledge of or willingness to become familiar with regional contemporary art.
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team within a larger arts organization.
Ability to organize and communicate messages effectively through writing and public 
Ability to manage exhibition budgets.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Graduate-level education in curatorial studies or a related field is preferred but not required.

Financial Considerations
Curatorial stipend between $5,000-$9,000 commensurate with experience. Please note, it is not a requirement that the curator reside in Portland for the duration of the program, however travel will be a necessity and candidates must be able to demonstrate flexibility of schedule.

All applications must be sent via email. No exceptions. The subject line must read: Curator-in Residence Application.
Please include the following:
Examples of past curatorial work, including images and critical reviews.
Curatorial statement and vision for the Disjecta Curator-in-Residence Program.
Professional resume.
Two writing samples.
Three professional references.

Proposals are due to Disjecta by Friday, January 31, 2014 Midnight PST. Please forward application materials to Bryan Suereth at bryan@disjecta.org. Qualified candidates will be contacted in February. No phone calls please.

Source: http://www.disjecta.org/media/transfer/doc/disjecta_announces_2014_2015_call_for_curators.pdf

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Job: Art Gallery of Ontario Chief Curator

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Tuesday, January 7. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Art Gallery of Ontario

Title Chief Curator
Posting Number 1011890
Status Regular Full-Time
External Posting
The Art Gallery of Ontario, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is among the most distinguished art museums in North America with a collection of more than 80,000 works of art. It offers a remarkable art experience with each visit. In November 2008, the museum re-opened to international acclaim in a newly designed Frank Gehry building. Contribute your leadership skills, intellectual rigour and successful exhibition programming experience to the success of the AGO through the position of:

Chief Curator

The Art Gallery of Ontario seeks a Chief Curator to lead in developing the artistic vision and programming of the AGO, and the development of exhibition and collection projects that are based in the institution’s Strategic Plan, and which deliver on its commitment to audience engagement. The Curatorial Affairs Division includes curatorial, collection development, registration, conservation, and publications. Provides overall team leadership to department staff. As a Leadership Team member, works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve the AGO’s strategic goals and corporate success.

The new Chief Curator must be deeply committed to exploring the changing nature of art museums and their relationship to the public and to nurturing relations with our donors in order to continue to build and preserve our collection. The Chief Curator will embrace and champion the museum’s core value, namely that the experience of our visitor is paramount to our mission, strategies and achievements.

Our ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate their experience as an exceptional leader of people, ideas and institutional mission, with the dynamic communications skills to engage staff, donors and the public. You are a strategic thinker with experience at the senior management level of a museum collaborating and overseeing projects relating to exhibitions, installations, publications, and collections care and administration. You possess a deep and broad working knowledge of curatorial practices gained in museums that have sought and achieved imaginative ways of engaging with their visitors and which have met targeted results. An advanced degree in Art History or extensive equivalent related experience in art exhibition and program planning and production will be required.

Canadians, permanent residents, and/or foreign nationals with a valid work permit will be considered with priority.

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply. This position will be posted until filled: to submit your appication please follow the instructions for 'New' and 'Returning' applicants above. If you are including a cover letter, please address this to: The Hiring Manager.

Source: http://www.ago.net/jobs

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Job: Western Front Society Seeking Exhibitions Curator

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Tuesday, January 7. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Western Front Society Seeking Exhibitions Curator

Job Title: Exhibitions Curator
Position Type: Full time 3-year contract (renewable), 35/hour per week, occasional weekends and evenings. 3-month probationary period
Experience: 3+ Years


The Western Front Society seeks an outstanding, highly motivated arts professional to take on the role of Exhibitions Curator.

The Western Front was founded in 1973 by a group of interdisciplinary artists, and has developed into an exemplary multi-disciplinary environment for experimental art practice and research. With a staff of ten plus volunteers and interns, the Western Front produces upwards of 75 events annually. The Exhibitions program mandate is to present contemporary visual art by local, national and internationally artists. Western Front Exhibitions has historically focused on artwork that is conceptual, performative or otherwise ephemeral in nature. Currently the program privileges experimental, interdisciplinary work that often expands beyond gallery exhibitions to include discursive events, publications, public-realm projects, site-specific works, commissions and online projects.

How to Apply:

Download attached PDF for further information.

Western Front is committed to the principals of Employment Equity and encourages application from Aboriginal persons, members of visible minority groups or persons with a disability.

Applications containing a letter of interest and curriculum vitae must be received by 5:00PM on Friday January 24, 2014.

Please send applications by email to: Exhibitions Curator Hiring Committee Email: admin@front.bc.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Source: http://front.bc.ca/events/western-front-society-seeking-exhibitions-curator/

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Opportunity: Artist's Alliance Curatorial Open Call

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Tuesday, January 7. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Curatorial Open Call
Application deadline: February 1, 2014

We are pleased to invite independent curators and arts professionals to submit exhibition proposals to be considered for the 2015 Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space exhibition schedule.

Selection Process
Reviewed by the Artists Alliance Inc Curatorial Advisory Committee–comprised of representatives from the local contemporary arts community–proposals will be selected based on conceptual rigor and artistic quality. Consideration will also be given to the individual/group’s ability to meet the artistic mission of Artists Alliance Inc and Cuchifritos Gallery. Successful applicants will articulate a particular need or desire to exhibit within Cuchifritos Gallery and the surrounding community.

When submitting proposals, please carefully review and follow the guidelines outlined below. Applications that do not follow the submission guidelines will not be considered. Please note, you do not have to be a professionally trained curator to submit a proposal as submissions will be judged on merit; however previous exhibition experience will be weighed as an important factor in the selection process. We strongly encourage one, two, and three artist exhibitions, given the smaller scale of the gallery space. Artists who are acting in the curatorial role for the proposed exhibition may not submit a proposal that includes his/her own work.

Selection Criteria
- Quality of the proposed exhibition [preference given to new and site-specific work]
- Need to exhibit in Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space [based on Project Proposal]
- Project feasibility [based on Project Proposal]
- Artistic merit and professional record [based on artist(s) and curator(s) bios, CV, and work samples]

All artists and curators are eligible – regardless of age, gender, or nationality – EXCEPT:
- those who are currently enrolled in a college or university program
- those who currently have NYC gallery representation

Submission Guidelines
Proposals must be submitted by the exhibition curator and include the following:

1. Proposal sentence: one concise sentence summarizing your exhibition

2. Project Proposal (max 300 words) please include the following:
– Exhibition description outlining conceptual and thematic goals
– Artist(s) to be exhibited
– Checklist of work to be shown
– Specific interest in Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
(Please note: Curators who make art may not include their own work in their proposal.)

3. Background
– Curator(s) CV and bio (max 100 words)
– Artist(s) CV and artist statement (max 100 words)

4. Sample Work (max 10 images total)
– JPGs should be a maximum of 1200 x 1200 pixels
– Each file should be labeled “artist last name_title of work”

5. Image List with name, title, year, dimensions, and medium. Include a brief sentence describing the work submitted.

Application deadline: February 1, 2014
Submit items 1-3 as a single PDF and attach sample work JPGs in a zipped folder (.zip).
Do not include any application material in the body of your email.

Please address all proposals with the subject “2014 Curatorial Open Call – CURATOR NAME” and submit materials to gallery@artistsallianceinc.org

Additional Information:
Stipends: We offer modest stipends for curators and participating artists, dependent upon funding resources.

Exhibition Information: Duration of exhibits run for 4-6 weeks and are typically scheduled 12-18 months in advance.

Cuchifritos Gallery Floorplan: Click here to download a floor plan of the gallery

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 6pm (Please note that the gallery is also open by appointment and closed on all major holidays)

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Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Tuesday, January 7. 2014 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Edited by Jennifer Fisher and Helena Reckitt

The Journal of Curatorial Studies seeks original research articles for a special thematic issue on how the affective turn has influenced curating and exhibitions.

From immersive installations to phantasmagoric projections, intimate performance to site-based biennials and civic events, contemporary curating increasingly operates within the realms of affect. Curators configure atmospheres in a number of ways – to situate artworks, attract audiences and mediate social bonds. Curatorial labour also extends to mobilizing personal networks, where generating emotional climates produces forms of symbolic capital essential to underwriting curatorial production in often under-funded and precarious conditions.

Stemming from recent theorizations of the affective turn, this special issue will ask: What are the affective conditions of the curatorial? How is affect transmitted in exhibitions and curatorial projects? Beyond an exhibition’s representative and discursive significance, what are its affective registers? What energies feed the curatorial process? And, by extension, how does the tone of social networks pertain to the affective labour of curating?

Where museums, galleries, art world events, and artworks themselves function as contact zones where affect is transmitted, this special issue invites submissions that inquire into how curatorial affect shapes relations between feelings, intuitions, artworks, spaces, audiences, social networks, politics, ethics, and sensibilities. A range of contributions is sought, from exhibition case studies, curatorial memoires and auto-ethnographies, to speculations into the ethics of curatorial conduct governing the transmission of affect.

Potential Topics can include:
- Affect theory as a mode of analysis for curatorial and exhibition studies
- What feeling states govern the culture of current curatorial conditions (such as being affected, disaffected or unaffected)?
- How might relational forms (such as social conviviality, love of art, or mutually respectful agonistic struggle) be considered as affective registers? How might other affects pertain in recent curatorial practice?
- How do exhibitions configure affect as mood, atmosphere and intensity? How might such articulations produce new communities of feeling and sensibility?
- The politics of affect in relation to curatorial attitude, habits, self-formation and style subcultures

February 1, 2014, CVs and abstracts due (250 words)
September 1, 2014 manuscripts due (5-6000 words)
Publication in issue (4)3 Fall 2015

Please send submissions and correspondence to:

Jennifer Fisher
Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Curatorial Studies
York University, Toronto

Helena Reckitt
Senior Lecturer in Curating
Art Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

Opportunity: Short-term residencies, das weisse haus

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, December 18. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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OPEN CALL for short-term residencies for international curators!

For the time period between February 10 - March 3, 2014, studios das weisse haus offers short-term residencies for international curators of contemporary art who would like to visit Vienna for a short study trip!

Within the Curator in Residence program, we would like to support young international curators in their activities and offer them the opportunity to spend some time within the cultural and art scene of Vienna.

Being part of the program of studios das weisse haus means to get into contact with local as well as international art scene: the apartment of the residents is situated in the same building as many studios of local artists and the residents will share the living area with other international artists and curators.

studios das weisse haus provides the residents with:
- a bedroom in a shared apartment (with a shared kitchen and bathroom)
- a working space
The rent is covered by studios das weisse haus.

In case of interest, please send following documents per email to studios@dasweissehaus.at:
- a Letter of Motivation (Why would you like to come to Vienna and participate in the short-term residency at studios das weisse haus?) (1-2 pages)
- CV (including date of birth, contact etc.)
- Portfolio of realized exhibitions, texts and other projects

Maximum attachment size: 3MB!

Deadline: January 5, 2014
The results of the open call will be announced until mid-January, 2014.

Please, find more information about the program of studios das weisse haus on our website: studiosdwh.wordpress.com

Please, read carefully through the terms of agreement (find below).
With your application you automatically agree with the terms of agreement.

We are looking forward to your applications!


- Attestation of the health insurance – valid in Austria (for health and accident): At the latest date, the curator in residence must provide proof of insurance (health/accident) to das weisse haus by the time of arrival. Upon failure to do so, das weisse haus will take out an insurance policy for him or her, but the curator in residence will be responsible for the insurance charges.
- Furthermore, the resident must comply with the house rules and regulations. Intentional damages to the building or studio space must be paid for by the resident and will be deducted from his or her allowance.
- The resident confirms his/her obligation to provide a report of his/her artistic occupation during his/her stay at the end of his residency before leaving studios das weisse haus. This report ought to be composed according to the requirements of studios das weisse haus. The resident entitles studios das weisse haus to publish all contents of this report.
- studios das weisse haus requests the courtesy from the resident to mention the studio program in his/her works/publications/projects, etc that emerged during the residency, be it in terms of a credit, an acknowledgement or a logo placement.
- The resident is hereby made aware of the fact that he/she is required to declare his/her income in Austria. studios das weisse haus is in no case liable for any claims resulting from these payments.
- In conclusion, studios das weisse haus explicitly declares that no contract is being signed between the resident and the residence program of das weisse haus and that studios das weisse haus does not acquire any rights to the works by the curator in residence.
- A bedroom in a shared apartment, a studio space in a shared studio (free of charge for the curator in residence), a shared kitchen and shared bathroom facilities are provided by studios das weisse haus. The resident is responsible for keeping his/her own bedroom clean and tidy. When using shared facilities such as toilet, bathroom and kitchen the resident shall keep in mind, that others use these facilities as well and thus try keeping them clean and tidy.
- Please take into consideration that studios das weisse haus documents (picture and video) the studio and residence program and the stay of the residents, artists, curators for social media, website and press purposes.

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Job: Lecturer in Managing and Mediating Art, Aalto University

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, November 27. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the Department of Art at Aalto University invites applications for:

The successful candidate will be appointed for a fixed 3-year term on the Aalto University lecturer track.

Job description
The Lecturer in Managing and Mediating Art will have teaching and administrative tasks.

The lecturer will teach within CuMMA (Major in Curating, Managing and Mediating Art). The teaching language is English. The lecturer will participate in the planning and development of teaching, and in the delivery of courses. The lecturer will collaborate on the planning of the curriculum and act as coordinator of courses, excursions and collaborations concerning the education within CuMMA. The lecturer is responsible for, among other duties, schedules and inviting visiting teachers, while also planning the annual schedule and resourcing for his/her field of teaching. The lecturer is also expected to, among other things, guide students and participate in the student selection process. The lecturer will cooperate with the other schools of Aalto University, other universities, as well as museums and institutions within the cultural field in Finland and internationally.
50 % of the duties are administrative tasks that consist of coordinating artist in residence programmes and developing artistic activity assessment criteria in collaboration with the School´s other departments and international art and design schools.

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The teaching personnel work within a total working hour system (1600 hours per year).
Requirements The candidate is expected to have at least a master´s degree, experience in teaching and organizing in the field of managing, mediating and curating art. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to have the experience and merits required for the exercise of the duties, good teaching and cooperation skills. The applicant is experienced in the development and management of cultural productions. The successful candidate is expected to be familiar with the actors, organizations and policies in the Finnish cultural field.

The successful candidate is expected to be internationally networked and fluent in English.

Application materials and deadline
The applications, including the following material, should be addressed to the Dean of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture:
• a curriculum vitae (including possible publications)
• portfolio of your professional practice (max 10 pages / 20 MB)
• teaching portfolio (max 4 pages)
• description of your views regarding the present situation and the future development of managing and mediating art (max 2 pages).

The material must be in English. Guidelines for compiling a teaching portfolio are given at: http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/tenure_track/for_applicant/guidelines_for_compiling_the_teaching_portfolio_eng-002.pdf. The departmental committee reserves the right to ask for additional material from the applicants.

The applications should be submitted, preferably electronically, to the Registry of Aalto University (rekry-arts -at- aalto.fi) no later than 31st December 2013. Electronic documents should be submitted in PDF format and the file names should follow the format lastname_MM(number 1-5).pdf (e.g. lastname_MM_1.pdf). The postal address is Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Registry, PO Box 31000, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland. The street address is Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki. The Registry is open until 3 PM.

Application process
The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the following: proficiency in the field of teaching, experience and merits in managing and mediating art, management and teaching skills, collaborative skills and activity in the cultural field.
The Departmental Committee will choose from amongst the applicants the ones who will be asked to visit the School and to give a teaching demonstration. The committee will also interview them. In addition, the Departmental Committee may seek reviews from external experts.
Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period. The application materials will not be returned.
For further information on the available position, please contact Professor Nora Sternfeld by e-mail: nora.sternfeld -at- aalto.fi. Questions concerning the recruitment process should be sent to: rekry-arts -at- aalto.fi

For full information please refer to the job posting on the Aalto University website.
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