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Job: Aboriginal Emerging Curator and Artist Liaison, The Biennale of Sydney

Posted by Sofia Landström • Saturday, April 6. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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The Biennale of Sydney, Aboriginal Emerging Curator and Artist Liaison
Deadline: 26 April, 2013

With the support of the Australian Government’s Office for the Arts (OFTA) as part of the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) and the NSW Government through Arts NSW, an opportunity exists for an Aboriginal Emerging Curator and Artist Liaison to join the team at the Biennale. The Biennale of Sydney (BoS) is a not-for-profit arts organisation that presents an international festival of contemporary art (and Australia’s largest contemporary art exhibition) every two years in Sydney’s major art museums and galleries, and locations throughout the city.

The BoS is one of the longest running international biennales and Australia’s leading contemporary visual arts event. Since its inception in 1973, the BoS has successfully delivered 18 major exhibitions, which have featured the work of nearly 1600 artists from over 100 countries. The BoS also produces associated publications, supporting public programs and specialised education activities for students and school groups. The event and most BoS programs are presented free to the public.

The Aboriginal Emerging Curator and Artist Liaison is responsible for assisting in the curatorial research of the artistic program, which includes research and development of the content for the catalogue and guide, as well as artist liaison. As part of the exhibition team, this position also contributes to the development and delivery of the 19th Biennale of Sydney.

The process includes the establishment of curatorial research and artist files, artist travel arrangements and itineraries, as well as catalogue and guide preparation and working with artists on their projects.

The position works closely with the Artistic Director, Head of Exhibition, Deputy Head of Exhibition, Exhibition and Venue Manager, Technical and Production Manager, Registrar, Curatorial Research Coordinator, Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow, Head of Public Program and Education and other contractual exhibition staff, as well as the wider team at the Biennale of Sydney.

Good organisation and research skills are required, as well as the ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.

This is a 16-month contract position with a salary of $45,000 per annum (plus 9.25% employer’s superannuation contribution), commencing May 2013.
Contact Pernille Jack, Executive Assistant, to request an information package and selection criteria.
E: pernille[at]
T: 02 8484 8700

Applications marked Confidential and addressing the selection criteria must be received by 5 pm on Friday, 26 April 2013. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.
Gina Hall
Head of Exhibition
Biennale of Sydney
43–51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

Further information:

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Job: Curator, Artspace Visual Arts Centre

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, February 17. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Artspace Visual Arts Centre is inviting applications for the positions of Curator.

The Artspace Curator will be deeply involved in developing and delivering artistic programs that address, sustain and reflect upon the diverse nature of contemporary art and culture in Australia within local, regional and international frameworks.

Full position descriptions are available via the website or obtained from the General Manager, Helen Hyatt-Johnston on + 61 2 9356 0504 or helenhj -at- To discuss either position contact the Executive Director, Dr Blair French on +61 2 9356 0505 or email blairf -at- Applications addressing the selection criteria and including a CV and contact details for TWO referees must be received by 5pm Monday 14 March 2011. Email applications to helenhj -at-, fax marked attention Helen Hyatt-Johnston to +61 2 9368 1705 or post to Helen Hyatt-Johnston, General Manager, Artspace, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011, Australia.
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Job: Curator, Exhibitions: Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA)

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, January 26. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Curator - Exhibitions
Faculty / Portfolio: Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA)
Location: Caulfield campus
Employment Type: Full-time
Duration: Continuing appointment
Remuneration: $61,728 - $70,904 pa HEW Level 5 (includes 17% employer superannuation)

Monash is a dynamic university with a reputation for quality education, outstanding research and meaningful international engagement. We want to make a difference, not only to the communities we work within but the world. If you want to challenge yourself, then Monash could be the place for you.

To attract excellent people we know we need to offer excellent benefits and conditions. That's why when you join Monash, you'll join a workplace where fairness and flexibility are standards, not afterthoughts. We offer a variety of professional development opportunities, generous maternity/parental leave and work arrangements that acknowledge one size doesn't fit all.

The Opportunity

The Curator - Exhibitions provides curatorial expertise and support for the Director and Senior Curator/Collection Manager to ensure the effective development and implementation of MUMA's artistic program. They will ensure the timely delivery and development of MUMA exhibitions and will be encouraged to develop their own curatorial projects for the Museum's artistic program as it is implemented across the various Monash University gallery facilities.

The successful applicant will contribute to the writing and editing of various catalogue, education and marketing texts, and content development on the MUMA website and will undertake a range of curatorial and administrative duties including:

- research, documentation and development of exhibitions
- contribution to and development of Campus Enhancement initiatives
- a supporting role in the research, documentation and development the Monash University Collection
- liaison with artists, donors and lenders
- editing and preparation of exhibition catalogues, files and other publications
- preparation of information for freight arrangements
- organisation of written and visual material for advertising, promotion, wall labels and publishing
- distribution of images and information; presentation of floortalks and guided tours
- supervision and participation with installation of exhibitions
- response to public requests
- supporting the implementation of copyright policies and agreements and response to reproduction requests
- liaison with university and external stakeholders
- assistance with public events and openings
- assistance with general correspondence

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.


Mr Max Delany, Director, on 03 9905 1644

Closing Date: 30 Jan 2011 11:55pm Aus. Eastern Standard Time

Please see Monash University's jobs website for details on how to apply

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Job: Curator, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, April 6. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: AUD$55,000 - $64,000
Closing Date: 04/05/2009

Job Details:

Curator, $AUD55,000 – 64,000 per annum plus 9% superannuation
Closing date: 4 May 2009

The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) is one of Australia’s leading centres for the development and presentation of contemporary art.

Housed in a large and striking heritage building in the heart of Perth, Western Australia, PICA is the city’s focal point for those wishing to experience the best of Australian and international visual, performing and cross-disciplinary art.

PICA is both a producing and presenting institution that runs a year round program of changing exhibitions, seasons in contemporary dance, theatre and performance and a range of interdisciplinary projects. It boasts one of the largest and most breath-taking exhibition spaces in Australia and has become known for the leading role it plays in the presentation of significant new work.

PICA’s key aim is to promote, support and present contemporary arts and to stimulate critical discussion around the arts and broader cultural issues. Providing a site for experimentation, critical analysis, discussion and debate is fundamental to its charter. PICA is known for the rigour and breadth of its artistic and education programs, high production standards and impeccable presentation. In many aspects of its operations, PICA might be understood as an incubator: providing resources, mentoring and support for both emerging and mature artists whilst promoting new and emerging ideas, forms and practices to the broader community.

The Curator is responsible for the management and presentation of PICA’s Visual Arts and associated public programs.

This is a key artistic and management position within the organisation and the successful applicant will work closely with the PICA Director to further the depth and breadth of PICA’s Visual Arts programming.

It is a complex and demanding role offering significant responsibility and a diverse, in depth engagement with the Australian and international contemporary arts sector.

Desired Qualifications:
The successful applicant will have a demonstrable knowledge of, and passion for, current contemporary art practices, significant curatorial experience, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to drive and manage a dynamic artistic program.

For further information and details about how to apply, please visit the PICA website or phone +61892286300.
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