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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: 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- 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- Questions concerning the recruitment process should be sent to: rekry-arts -at-

For full information please refer to the job posting on the Aalto University website.
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Jobs: Assistant Curator, Liverpool Biennial

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, November 19. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Assistant Curator - 10 Month Contract
Salary £16,913 p.a.

Liverpool Biennial is looking to appoint an Assistant Curator to join its team that will deliver the 2014 Festival.

The Assistant Curator will assist the Project and Public Programme Curators with the technical, logistical and administrative aspects of delivering the Festival.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level, organised and able to deal with working to tight deadlines, and have at least 2 years’ experience in a similar role.

Application packs are available to download from this link or by e-mail from jane -at-

Closing date for receipt of applications is 6th December 2013, and interviews will be held in Liverpool on Wednesday 11th December 2013.

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Jobs: Assistant Curator, Firstsite, Colchester

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, November 16. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Assistant Curator, Firstsite, Colchester
Salary: £22,000 – 25,000
Responsible to: Senior Curator
Responsible for: Programmes intern/trainee

Working closely with the Senior Curator and Technical Manager, this is one of two Assistant Curator roles that support the successful implementation of firstsite’s programme of exhibitions, publications, events and other artistic projects.

The post holder will be a core member of the Programmes team, working on designated projects to share responsibility for the programme overall. Liaising with artists, lenders, writers, designers and other partners as well as the other departments of the organisation the Assistant Curators play a key role in planning exhibitions, ensuring good communication at all levels.

In addition to assisting on designated aspects of the Senior Curator’s work on exhibitions; from research and development to delivery and evaluation, the post holder will have an opportunity to lead on projects and contribute ideas towards the development of firstsite's programme of solo and group exhibitions that are focused on, but not limited to, contemporary art practice.

Deadline for applications: Monday 2 December
Interviews: Monday 9 December

For more information on Firstsite and to apply visit:
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Jobs: Curator Summer School 2014

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, November 10. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curator Summer School 2014 is seeking a Curator to develop and deliver the 2014 Summer School which builds and extends
upon our previous successful two Summer Schools. The Curator must have a dynamic approach to
programming and be able to implement a theoretical framework responsive to the delivery mode of the
Summer School which covers lectures, presentations and workshops. The Curator should have both a strong
education planning and teaching delivery background, as well as vast experience in arts programming. An
understanding and ability to market and promote the school to a wide sector is imperative to the role. The
Curator will also be responsible for delivering an overarching text for the school which describes the school
conceptually, and invites response from participants and the public.
The Curator will work independently but in association with staff Karen Mirza, James Holcombe and
Sally Golding to shape and define the overall theoretical framework, select guest artists, devise theory
sessions, and program public screenings and events.
This is an exceptional opportunity for a driven individual to use this experience to develop and advance their
practice within a dynamic and progressive environment at a time which coincides with’s 10th
birthday high profile celebratory events.
Background & Concept:’s summer school is a six week programme that builds on our reputation as a vital community and
site for the production, discussion and dissemination of practices engaged with the moving image, politics,
aesthetics and technology. The summer school is not invested in reproducing the structures, canons
and learning models on offer in Higher Education; equally we are not an autonomous free school.
counters the widespread privatisation of education by offering a pedagogical environment that grounds itself
on egalitarian, nonprofit
terms. The summer school offers participants a combination of theoretical seminars,
activities, field trips, guest workshops led by artists and theorists alongside an intensive
programme of handson
film and video making. These components are reliant upon and reflective of one
another in a manner that allows practice to enlighten theory, collective experimentation to inform individual
Main Duties & Skills:
● Ability to multi task and to work cordially and professionally with all involved in the Summer School
including staff, guest lecturers and students.
● Have a developed understanding of the technical requirements for public presentations and
● Experience in scheduling and programming, and good organisational skills in facilitating and
actioning meetings.
● Excellent communication across all forums.
● Experience and understanding of community organised education and participatory sessions, and a
synergy with the free school model of education.
● Availability to cover occasional evening work (up to three sessions over six weeks) during the active
period of the school to meet the needs of delivering the public program.
● The Curator must have a minimum 3-5 years experience covering education, theory and programming.
● Temporary 30 days covering research, planning and preparation, as well as delivery of the Summer School.
● Preparation can start from January, and active delivery of the school takes place July to August.
● Some additional hours in line with the nature of arts programming and delivery for public events may be required.
● The position will be supported by a production assistant.
Deadline: Monday 16th December, 6pm
Interviews: January 2014 dates TBC
Start: January 2014
Finish: August 2014
Salary: £3,000 contractors fee
To apply please send your CV along with a covering letter and a short statement of your vision for the 2014
Summer School (no more than 400 words) to Sally Golding, Administrator,,
sally.golding -at-
For further background information please see the entries for the previous two Summer Schools on the website: A Lecture From Behind the Screen and Forcible Frames. Additionally, commentary from previous Summer School participants is available to peruse via our blog (entries July August).
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Job: Director and Chief Curator, Visual and Digital Arts, The Banff Centre

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, October 6. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Director and Chief Curator, Visual and Digital Arts
The Banff Centre

The Opportunity
The Banff Centre is looking for a Director/Chief Curator, Visual and Digital Arts to envision, lead and manage the implementation of all Visual and Digital Arts programming at The Banff Centre, including the studio residency and work study programs, the Walter Phillips Gallery and the Banff International Curatorial Institute. The department is currently assessing its facilities and staffing to better support artists working in digital and experimental technologies such as video, sound art, interactive storytelling and mobile apps among others. This review is in its early stages and the direction of this facility enhancement will be determined in part by the successful candidate in response to the demands required, today and tomorrow, by contemporary arts practice. The successful candidate will be highly collaborative in style and have an expressed interest in developing innovative and cross-disciplinary programming and research.

Position Objectives

Leads the Visual and Digital Arts department, envisioning a compelling future for programs that meets the ambitions laid out in the overall strategic plan of the Centre
Develops new programming of a high artistic calibre that meets the needs of Canadian and international artists and curators in the 21st century and increases the reach of our nationally and internationally renowned programs
Leads the curatorial direction of the Walter Phillips Gallery and manages The Banff Centre's collection of approximately 2000 works
Creates an environment where visual and digital artists can experiment and push creative boundaries to build on existing artistic knowledge and facilitate personal growth and development


Oversees a group of onsite staff with expertise in studio facilitation across artistic disciplines, curatorial research, exhibit preparation and production, publications, and collections management
Creates the annual program plan and puts required funding and resources in place to bring the Visual and Digital Arts vision to life
Draws on his/her own network of contacts within the visual arts community to form a roster of exceptional sessional creative faculty
Ensures the Walter Phillips Gallery's reputation is enhanced as an institution of artistic excellence so that it is positioned at the forefront of contemporary art
Responsible for the Banff International Curatorial Institute, which supports research and professional development opportunities in the curatorial field
Develops an active program of dissemination of the results of studio activities and exhibitions through print and electronic channels
Works with the VP Arts and Directors of Film & Media, Theatre & Dance, Literary Arts, Music and Indigenous Arts to develop interdisiciplinary projects


Has excellent knowledge of current art practice and a comprehensive understanding of art education and professional development at the post-secondary level
Displays familiarity with funding sources to identify and support the application for grant opportunities
Possesses at minimum a master's degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies, Fine Arts or a related field
Has worked at least 5 years in a leadership role in a visual arts context
Experience with major capital projects is considered an asset

Special Requirements

Candidates offered a position with the Centre, in this capacity, will be required to obtain a criminal record check through the local R.C.M.P. detachment, verifying a clear record before a final job offer can be made
This position requires flexibility in schedule, working occasional weekends and evenings
Travel is required

Employment Terms & Benefits

This is a permanent salaried Management/ PSP position, subject to a 12 month probationary period, based on 37.5 hours per week
Salary commensurate with level of education and experience
The Banff Centre offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package to all of its full time salaried employees. For more information please visit our benefits page

Application Process

We are accepting applications for this position until a suitable candidate is found.

If this opportunity matches your interest and experience, please submit your application online via The Banff Centre careers website:

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Jobs: The River Tamar Project, University of Plymouth

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, August 20. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

The River Tamar Project is a major cultural project, connecting local and international communities with the river. Funded by the Arts Council of England in partnership with Plymouth University.

Two positions available:
Producer, Ref: A3438, Full-time, fixed term £23352 to £27047 pa- Grade 5
Marketing Coordinator, Ref: A3440, Full-time, fixed term £18005 to £19606 pa-Grade 3

Location: Plymouth, UK
Closing date: 04/09/2013
Apply to Plymouth University
The River Tamar Project is seeking two new dynamic team members to produce and communicate the programme. Based at Plymouth University they will work with the Artistic Director on a major International River Film Festival. Experience of commissioning and developing new audiences in contemporary art is desirable.

The River Tamar Project is a major cultural project, connecting local and international communities with the river. Funded by the Arts Council of England in partnership with Plymouth University.

Job descriptions:
Ref: A3438
River Tamar Project Producer
Salary: £23,352 to £27,047 pa- Grade 5
The River Tamar Project is a major new cultural project that will explore the rich heritage and potential future uses of one of the country’s most
diverse waterways.
Supported by Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University and the Arts Council England, this project is looking for a dynamic producer who will be responsible for the delivery and production of this exciting 12 month programme which culminates in a major international film festival in September 2014. You will be responsible to the Artistic Director and work with a small dedicated team in building the profile of the project and developing a new audience. They will manage a Marketing Coordinator and work alongside the University’s External Relations department and Peninsula Arts.
With experience in curating public projects and working with artists from early research and concept development through to delivery, the Producer will help shape the future artistic programme of River Tamar Project, devise and deliver specific projects and articulate the ideas and issues that inform contemporary practice in the public realm.
They will have the proven ability to respond creatively to the demands of public space, to liaise with non-arts partners and stakeholders, to fundraise and manage budgets, and to collaborate with and manage technical teams, fabricators, graphic designers, and associated contractors and suppliers.
You will also be an exceptional communicator with a proven interest in broadening the reach and impact of the work of contemporary artists.
For an informal discussion, please contact Paula Orrell, paula -at-, or telephone 01752 584980. To apply for this post, please visit
This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week and is fixed term for 14 months.
Clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service will be required for this position.

Ref: A3440
River Tamar Project Marketing Coordinator
Salary: £18,005 to £19,606 pa-Grade 3
The River Tamar Project is a major new cultural project that will explore the rich heritage and potential future uses of one of the country’s most
diverse waterways.
Supported by Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University and the Arts Council England, this project is looking for a dynamic producer who will be responsible for the delivery and production of this exciting 12 month programme which culminates in a major international film festival in September 2014.
You will provide effective administrative and tactical marketing support, delivering to deadlines for the implementation of the River Tamar Project. Reporting directly to the River Tamar Project Producer, the coordinator will work alongside the University’s External Relations team and Peninsula Arts. With excellent customer-facing skills you will also particularly focus on new audience development for the programme.
It will involve assisting on campaigns and producing marketing material aligned with digital and social media resources for the promotion of the
project. There will be a strong interface with partners and stakeholders, as well as coordinating and attending internal and external events.
For an informal discussion, please contact Paula Orrell, paula -at-, or telephone 01752 584980. To apply for this post, please visit
Clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service will be required for this position.
This is a full time position working 37 hours per week and is fixed term for 12 months.

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Job: Programme Officer, Mostyn

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, June 27. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

MOSTYN, Llandudno

Programme Officer

Full-time, Permanent

There is an exciting opportunity to join the Programme team at Wales' largest contemporary art gallery.

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced individual with an attention to detail to help successfully deliver the objectives of our exhibition, learning and engagement programmes.

This is a full-time, permanent position with the salary in the range £20,112 - £29,435 (actual amount dependent on experience).

To view the full job description for this position please visit our website or to view in Welsh visit

If you are interested in applying for this position please send your CV and a covering letter to brian -at- or mail Brian Jamieson, 12 Vaughan Street, Llandudno, Conwy, UK, LL30 1AB

The closing date for applications is 1st July 2013

MOSTYN values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


Programme Officer

Reporting to: Director

Responsible for: The management of Gallery Staff

Salary: £20,112 - £29,435


- To manage and assist all logistics involved in the realisation of the Visual Arts Programme.
- To organise, manage and assist the delivery of the Public Programme, including talks, lectures and symposia.
- To supervise and manage gallery Front of House staff.

Main duties:

To assist the Visual Arts Programme Curator and manage the logistics of the Visual Arts & Exhibition programme ensuring all insurance/indemnity, contracts, loan forms, transport & shipping, storage, documentation, handling requirements/condition checking are executed effectively.

Make arrangements that ensure works in the care and responsibility of MOSTYN are secure and maintained to the standards and requirements agreed with lenders.

Establish and maintain an archive of exhibitions/programmes/publications that is accessible to Mostyn staff and to stakeholders on demand.

Manage the logistics relating to the Engagement programme and liaise with the Operations & Facilities Manager, Retail & Visitor Experience, Audience Relations, Learning & Participation and Visual Arts Programme teams for any technical/front of house/security/content support and arrangement for events and activities.

Keep abreast of latest development in contemporary art & culture, engagement and audience reach.

Take responsibility for and actively contribute to the Engagement content of Mostyn website, in collaboration with the Audience Relations Team, and actively contribute to the online social networking activity of Mostyn according to the organisation’s guidelines.

Liaise with the Audience Relations Team, Learning & Participation and Visual Arts Programme Curator on the promotion and highlighting of engagement events and activities. Ensure Engagement events and activities are marketed effectively, working closely with the Audience Relations Manager in this regard.

Obtain, edit, package and distribute information regarding artists, exhibitions and programmes to support mediation, engagement, learning & participation and communication with audiences to aid visitor’s enjoyment and interpretation of exhibitions and other content.

Set and/or supervise the staffing rota and ensure the Gallery is sufficiently resourced.

Ensure up to date information and key messages from Exhibitions, Engagement, Learning & Participation, Audience Relations and Partnerships & Development teams are available for the Visitor Experience team to share with visitors and promote what is on offer at Mostyn. Ensure the Visitor Experience Team Members are fully informed and trained as to the Exhibition, Engagement and Learning & Participation programmes.

Create ways of adding value to visitors that increase their enjoyment and broaden their depth of knowledge of what Mostyn has to offer.

In common with all post holders, the Programme Officer is expected:-
- To take responsibility for their own and their colleagues' health and safety
- To ensure the security of the gallery and other spaces in Mostyn
- To act as an advocate of Mostyn and promote its vision and activities
- To collaborate with all other departments
- To ensure Mostyn systems, policies and processes are adhered to in the execution of the duties.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties. It may be necessary to undertake other reasonable duties for the successful execution of this role and to meet the aims of the organisation.

Outline person specification:

- Significant experience of Project Management and evidence of ongoing continuous professional development particularly in contemporary visual arts.
- Current practices in Exhibition planning and execution processes including the steps and elements to deliver a successful exhibition programme.
- Passion for bringing cultural and societal issues in/through the arts to life and engaging as wide an audience as possible to the benefits, challenges and opportunities of contemporary art.

- Able to organise own work and that of others in the execution of this role.
- Able to define requirements, plan and execute projects to agreed expectations.
- Able to anticipate problems/issues/risks and manage these through to successful conclusion.
- Creative flair, entrepreneurial spirit and resourcefulness to deliver innovative, strategic yet pragmatic programmes of activities.
- Articulate and able to discuss and present contemporary art issues to different audiences and stakeholders, using different vocabulary and tools according to target audiences and speakers.

- Successful delivery of projects and programmes in conjunction with external partners, particularly in contemporary visual arts.
- Working in a gallery/visual arts environment and mastering the expectations and factors that contribute to the achievement of its vision, aims and aspirations.
- Planning, organising and delivering activities and events for public attendance.
- Producing effective archival visual resources for use in galleries and online.
- Commissioning artists, producers, speakers or technologists
- Evaluating the success of creative activities.

Welsh-language ability for this post is not essential but would be seen as an asset.

Hours of work:

This is a full time role working 37.5 hours per week. There will be an occasional requirement to work unsocial hours in the execution of this role.

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Call for applications: Emerging Curator at Interaccess

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, March 9. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Call for applications: Emerging Curator
InterAccess' 13th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition
Deadline: March 15, 2013
Since its inception in 2001, InterAccess' annual Emerging Artist Exhibition has showcased new media work by post-secondary students and recent graduates. Curated and organized by a selected emerging curator, this initiative offers young artists and curators professional experience and exposure. Past exhibitions have been reviewed by The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star and The National Post. Former participating artists and curators have gone on to work and exhibit in such institutions as the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto, Xpace Gallery, The Banff Centre, Western Front, Trinity Square Video, Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Space Media Arts in London UK, FACT in Liverpool, and Transmediale in Berlin. This call for an emerging curator pertains to InterAccess' 13th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition, which will open in July 2013.

Nature and Scope of Position:
The primary responsibility of the Curatorial Intern is the development of the annual Emerging Artist Exhibition. Reporting to the Programming Coordinator and supervised by the Executive Director, the Curatorial Intern is given the opportunity to learn about all aspects of programming within an artist-run, media arts centre environment. The Curatorial Internship typically requires up to 10 hours per week beginning in late March 2013. Extended hours will be required during the weeks leading up to the opening of the exhibition in July 2013. The Curatorial Internship is an ideal placement for an undergraduate or graduate student looking for hands-on experience of the curatorial process and, more generally, of the gallery environment. The internship is unsalaried but InterAccess offers a $500 honorarium upon the successful completion of the exhibition.

Primary duties and responsibilities:
Develop a coherent and relevant theme for the exhibition.
Select approximately five works from new media students or recent graduates within Canada.
Assist in drafting an exhibition budget.
Write a curatorial statement and extended essay.
Manage the installation of the exhibition in June/July 2013.
Assist with other duties at InterAccess, which may include organizing submissions for review, assisting with distribution of listings and other communications, assisting with installation and event set-up, assisting with InterAccess' workshop series, researching materials for upcoming exhibitions and events, general office assistance and sitting the gallery during the Emerging Artist Exhibition.

The ideal candidate will be an undergraduate or graduate student in a related field of study. Recent graduates will also be considered.

Applicants must have:
Strong knowledge of contemporary media and visual art practices, especially within Canada.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent computer skills (Mac environment).
Superior organizational ability.
The ability to deal with diverse publics.
The ability to work in a self-directed manner as well as in a team environment.
Submissions must include:

A current CV.
Cover letter detailing your experiences and interest in media arts (1 page)
2 references
Additional information:
Please send submissions in PDF format to info -at-
InterAccess will only accept email applications for this position.

InterAccess is committed to the principles of Employment Equity and encourages applicants to self-identify.
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Job: Curator of American Art, Worcester Art Museum

Posted by Sofia Landström • Friday, February 15. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curator of American Art, Worcester Art Museum,
Deadline: March 1, 2013

The Worcester Art Museum seeks an exceptional Curator of American Art to lead a distinctive program in American art which is centered upon the museum's significant holdings, especially in the areas of Colonial and Federal American portraiture, Colonial and Federal silver designed by Paul Revere, mid-to-late nineteenth century American sculpture, and Gilded Age American painting, with a particular focus on American Impressionism. This position is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Guided by the Museum's global perspective, mission, and strategic plan, the Curator of American Art will develop a dynamic range of exhibitions, along with publications and related programs that will increase WAM's audiences for American art, contribute original scholarship to the field, and enhance patronage for the program and the museum generally. The Curator of American Art will have opportunities to participate with colleagues in new installation initiatives conceived to create meaningful connections by integrating collections across departments/cultures/periods/media. Activities will include shaping the growth of the American collection by recommending acquisitions, overseeing strategic deaccessioning, soliciting gifts, and cultivating patronage.

The Curator of American Art will oversee exhibition project teams, will collaborate with all the curators as well as the education, design, and marketing staffs to ensure that the American art program meets the highest professional standards of innovation, relevance, and audience engagement, and will work closely with the development department to acquire the resources necessary to sustain and enhance exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions, as well as support the museum's broader cultivation efforts and campaigns. The Curator of American Art also will create opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations with the area's many cultural and educational institutions, including the American Antiquarian Society.

The candidate must be experienced in project planning, management and implementation, possess strong interpersonal skills, be an excellent communicator, and be willing to work flexibly as a part of a larger, senior-level curatorial team. A PhD is strongly preferred, as are a broad knowledge of art history, five or more years of curatorial experience, and expertise in 17th- to 20th-century American art.

Centrally located in New England, Worcester is an hour from Boston, Providence and Hartford, an hour and a half from the Berkshires, three hours from New York City, and is convenient to Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Qualified applicants, please send CV and cover letter to Director of Human Resources, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-3196 or email documents to [email protected] by March 1, 2013. Early applications are encouraged. We pledge to conduct a confidential search. The Worcester Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

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Job: Assistant Curator, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Friday, January 18. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Title: Assistant Curator
Department: Curatorial
Reports To: Curator of the Collection
Type of Position: Full-time, exempt/salaried

Position Summary

The Assistant Curator is responsible for research and presentation of the permanent collection and special exhibitions. The Assistant Curator will contribute to and shape public programming. He/She will work closely with the Curator, Public Programming, and the Education department, drawing on research and knowledge of the collection. The position requires strong art historical and writing skills.


Research on the collection and for special exhibitions
Participate in curatorial decisions in oversight of the collection and programs
Contribute to the conceptualization and planning of exhibitions, public programs, and lectures
Write texts for presentation of the collection and exhibitions (labels and guides, public relations texts, grant applications, and other publications)
Present lectures and public talks
Coordinate collection database together with Registrar; cataloguing of the library
Act as a liaison with the Public Programming, Education and Public Relations departments
Participate in conservation research and treatment
Provide art historical and historical guidance for professional researchers and Artists- and Scholars-in-Residence concerning the collection and the history of the Museum
Provide research advice and editing for the Director's Office and other departments as needed
Other duties as required


- Ph.D. in art history
- Experience in curatorial work in a museum
- A record of publication in art history or a related field
- Strong independent research skills
- Excellent writing and editing skills
- Working knowledge of at least two foreign languages
- Ability to work collaboratively

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Job: Artistic Director, ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, December 12. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

The ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum is an institution for contemporary and critical art and architecture removed from any commercial activity. It is defined as a place for the presentation and production of new forms of artistic and cultural practise which refer to socio-political the memes. The ar/ge kunst is intended as a spot and meeting place for people interested in contemporary culture, and therefore focuses on its role as a forum for enabling an active exchange with contemporary art. A varied programme of exhibitions and other presentations make up its overall framework. This programme consists of up to five major exhibitions per year along with supporting events and presentations with international art critics, curators and experts.

The main interest of the institution is to help uncover innovative artistic positions reaching beyond short-term trends and to present international as well as regional artists who reveal an independent artistic approach to current and relevant issues regarding our society and environment. Within this definition, an experimental and interdisciplinary approach is of great interest. Moreover, the ar/ge kunst focuses on projects in the public space.

The ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum was founded in 1985 as a private association in Bozen (Bolzano), in order to promote contemporary art. The relevant persons involved in organizing the gallery's activities are the artistic director (the position to be filled), the chief executive and the board, which is made up of a president and five board members. The office and exhibition space of the ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum consist of approximately 150 m2 in size and are located in the historic centre of Bolzano.

From 1st April 2013 the post of ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (3-year contract; part-time) will begin.

Duties of the Position:
- Program Planning: comprised of self-reliant pursuits as well as a program presentation in front of the entire board;
- Exhibition Planning: comprised of self-reliant curatorial activity as well as the management Supervision of ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum publications;
- Art Mediation: comprised of an experimental, innovative and discursive strategy for mediation;
- Press and Public Relations;
- Expansion of relevant contacts within the art world;
- Management and Organisation

- Relevant Background (regarding exhibition management and art theory/art history/art sciences or equivalent);
- Pertinent international experiences within the art world;
- Prior work experience in analogous structures;
- Language skills: German and/or Italian as well as English;
- Ability to pursue to independent and self-reliant activity; Self-confident manner;
- Organisation and communication skills as well as project and budget management skills;
- Forward-thinking and flexible attitude as well as ability to improvise as needed;

Personal Profile:
- Reliability, loyalty and integrity;
- Commitment, interest and persistence;
- Teamwork ability;

Please submit applications in German or Italian language before 31.01.2013 to Ms. Karin Welponer, president of the ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Via Museo 29, I-39100 Bozen (Bolzano). Email: karin -at-

The following documents should be included with the application:
- Detailed curriculum vitae with photo
- Reference report regarding prior work experience (e.g. self-reliantly implemented exhibitions and cultural projects)
- Cover letter regarding contemporary exhibition strategy (approx. 1-2 pages in A4 format)

We guarantee fully confidential treatment of all documents received.
The application documents will however not be returned.

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Job: Curator of Art, Norwich Castle

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, September 28. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curator of Art (CSP12/970)
Norwich Castle, Shirehall
£24,646 - £26,276 per annum
37 hours per week
Temporary contract to cover maternity leave

The Norwich Castle fine art collection specialises in British art from the 16th century to the present day. It includes an important collection of modern and contemporary art in a variety of media.

The Curator of Art (Modern and Contemporary) maternity cover will play a key role in the delivery of a range of exhibition projects initiated by the existing post holder which are planned for next year. These projects will include dealing with ongoing issues arising from the Cedric Morris and Christopher Wood ‘A Forgotten Friendship’ exhibition which opens in October 2012, liaising with the Arts Council Collection and dealing with all matters arising concerning the loan sculpture exhibition planned for summer 2013 and acting as contact point for all project management and related issues concerning the planning of the touring exhibition from the Hayward Gallery ‘Curiosity’. This exhibition will be mounted in autumn 2013.

Other duties will include maintaining relationships with relevant external agencies and partners such as the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, East Anglia Art Fund, the Arts Council and Tate. They will be responsible for the maintenance of the Art Department’s section of the NMAS website and contribute to NMAS social media activity with reference to current exhibitions and events.

You will undertake general and financial management and administration of temporary display and exhibition projects as well as the development and production of display materials and/or lectures and gallery talks relevant to the above projects, liaising with the display, learning and other departments. You will also assist in the day to day management of the permanent modern and contemporary art collections at Norwich Castle as needed.

Relevant experience in a museums or gallery environment is essential. You will have relevant experience of working on multiple exhibition projects, of working with living artists and with external partners and have a clear understanding of exhibition loans, budgets and related administration. This post requires a high level of self motivation and excellent communication and organisational skills.

For further details and how to apply:
Telephone: 01603 222212
Please quote job reference: CSP12/970
Closing date: 11 October 2012

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Job: Associate Curator, Beirut

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, September 27. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Beirut is looking for an Associate Curator
Deadline: October 3, 2012

Beirut is a new art initiative and exhibition space in Cairo, Egypt. Our activities
are centered around hosting artists, projects and other institutions that wish to
engage with questions we share on politics, economy, education, ecology and the
arts. Mindful of the ongoing political changes in Egypt and the region, Beirut seeks
to establish itself as a forum for the work and practice of different communities of
artists and other cultural creators to take up critical positions reflecting on this
new and open situation.

Our aim is to build strong affiliations to other bodies and organizations dedicated
to the arts in Egypt, the region and internationally, aspiring to foster a wider
public through our shared platform of practice. Beirut also hosts CIRCA (Cairo
International Resource Center for Art), a shelf-organization committed to investigating
the legal, financial and political histories of key art spaces with the
desire to forge new means of support and securing more autonomy for art and artists.

We are looking for someone who is interested in commmitting his/her time and energy
to a new institution in its first year of founding, with experience in conceiving,
planning and realizing exhibitions. The ideal candidate is able to coordinate
projects and manage diverse tasks simultaneoulsy, be detail-oriented and have an
uncommon imagination for administration, finance and management. Experience in
fundraising and using web-based platforms is a plus. Extensive enthusiasm and
knowledge for contemporary art, working with artists, art spaces and exhibitions, is
crucial, as is a broad range of interests in theory, film and other cultural fields.
S/he will have writing experience and an interest in working on publication
projects; likes to work with people, knows how to do things with words, is
comfortable working in a flexible environment and has a flair for working with all
kinds of languages, people and contexts.

The Associate Curator position entails conceiving seasonal exhibitions and other
programs in line with the aim, mission and aspirations of Beirut. Tasks include
research, preparation and production of projects, working closely together with
artists, galleries and partner institutions, writing for exhibition program related
material, public communication and grants, managing stays for artists and
professionals, furthering Beirut's network of partners and developing our art
library. The Associate Curator will work closely with Beirut's co-directors on all
aspects of program conception and planning.

This is a paid full-time position with a basic salary for the duration of eight
months (October 2012 – June 2013) with possibility of renewal, starting on October
23, 2012. The Associate Curator will be based in Cairo.

To apply please send your cover letter and CV, including contact information of two
references, as well as samples of your curatorial work and writing to
office -at-
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Job: Associate Professor and Director Curatorial Practice, Monash University

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, September 24. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Associate Professor and Director Curatorial Practice (Part-time)
Faculty / Portfolio: Monash University Art Design and Architecture
Department of Fine Arts
Location: Caulfield campus
Employment Type: Part-time (0.6)
Duration: Three year fixed-term appointment
Remuneration: Pro-rata of $141,875 - $156,297 pa Level D (includes 17% employer superannuation)

- Leading international university
- Innovative and creative environment
- Renowned for outstanding teaching and research

At Monash, we want our research to change things for the better, our teaching to set us apart and our social justice agenda to make a global difference. To continue achieving these objectives, we need people who have the same ambitions.

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, support for research, generous maternity/parental leave and work arrangements that acknowledge one size doesn't fit all.

The Opportunity
The Associate Professor and Director, Curatorial Practice is a new position, offering a rare opportunity for a person of vision to create a niche program, beginning with the project-based PhD in Curatorial Practice and building to an international centre of curatorial research and education.
You will be an accomplished curator with well established international networks of artistic, professional and academic colleagues. Ideally you will have academic experience and a doctoral qualification, and/or commensurate expertise and professional experience. You will have demonstrated capacity to establish and lead curatorial discourse and practice.

This role is a part-time position and flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.
Your application must address the selection criteria.

Professor Callum Morton, +61 3 9903 4163, Head of Fine Arts

Closing date
Sunday 7 October 2012 11:55pm Aus. Eastern Standard Time

For more information and application instructions, please visit the Monash University website.

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Job: Curator of Exhibitions, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Posted by Sophia Zhou • Friday, July 6. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, is Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary art and is recognized as an important centre for contemporary art in North America. The Power Plant's mission is to present and disseminate the best contemporary art in all media.

Currently an employment opportunity exists in The Power Plant for a Curator of Exhibitions. Reporting to the Director, this position is responsible for developing an overarching concept and the programme of contemporary exhibitions and events including exhibitions, publications, travelling shows, off-site projects and cultural excursions. As part of the management team, the incumbent will also participate in business and strategic planning for The Power Plant.

Deadline for Application: AUGUST 5th, 2012
To apply:


- Contribute to the research, development and presentation of new exhibitions and projects that interpret the response of artists to developments in contemporary culture and that respond to the global flow of information, emerging discourses, new artists, new geographies, new media and changing contexts that underpin developments in contemporary art.
- Develop and implement a cohesive vision and strategy for the exhibition of contemporary art
- Develop and curate rigorous exhibitions, both large and small, of Canadian and international contemporary art
- Contribute to the implementation of programmes aimed at engaging new and diverse audiences for The Power Plant through a dynamic mix of exhibition, education, interpretation and visitor support that develop audience understanding of contemporary art and awareness of its significance.
- Collaborate with the Director and other staff in the creation of interpretive materials, publicity materials and public programmes for a variety of audiences
- Prepare and monitor exhibition budgets and expenses
- Conduct original research, negotiate with artists and lending institutions and supervise installations
- Manage and direct the work of subordinate staff

The ideal candidate will be a pragmatic organizer and team worker with a proven intellectual track record, excellent knowledge of contemporary art and the contemporary art world, and a commitment to work in the public realm. His/her interests should be broad but grounded in a vision of contemporary art as practice in active dialogue with the contemporary world and its concerns.

He/she will hold a post graduate degree in Art History or related studies as well as in-depth knowledge of contemporary art. A minimum of 5 years' experience in programming and management in a contemporary art organization, museum or public gallery is preferred. The candidate must be able to demonstrate a clear vision of their own curatorial practice. An appreciation of the history of curating in its political context is crucial, as are a critical understanding of contemporary art and a methodology that would enable the candidate to place their work into the context of other initiatives in the greater Toronto area and Canada on the whole. Proven experience in the organization of contemporary art projects and interpretive programmes and exceptional knowledge of the international contexts for contemporary art is a must, as is proven fundraising and budget management experience. He/she must have exceptional interpersonal and relationship management skills with the ability to develop effective partnerships and to persuade and negotiate. He/she must be computer literate and able to work flexible hours during events with evenings and weekends as needed to oversee programmes and participate in other gallery activities.

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