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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

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Job - Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, deadline May 20

Posted by April Steele • Friday, May 6. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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Curatorial Assistant
3 year full time contract position

The MCA is entering an exciting period in its history. In March 2012 the MCA will reopen following a complete refurbishment of its existing building and a major new extension, which will increase the size of the museum by almost 50%. The new wing will house a new gallery, lecture theatre, library, sculpture terrace, new café, the National Centre for Creative Learning and improved visitor access and services. The new MCA will be a dynamic cultural and educational institution of national importance.

This highly sought-after position works closely with curators, artists and with all departments across the Museum to ensure the MCA’s objectives of promoting wider public engagement with contemporary art are realised.

Reporting to the Senior Curator, the Curatorial Assistant supports the MCA Curators across the development and presentation of MCA exhibitions and external projects. Responsibilities include maintaining the Museum’s publications inventory, sourcing/captioning images for reproduction; assisting with catalogue production including assembling of artists’ biographies and proof reading; and general administrative tasks. This position also looks after specific needs of the artists, from the coordination of artists’ travel to schedules and accommodation needs.

The successful applicant will have tertiary qualifications in Fine Art and/or Museum Studies with previous experience in all stages of art exhibitions, preferably contemporary visual art and culture. The person we are seeking is highly organised and able to meet various deadlines and juggle a range of priorities simultaneously. Key to the success of this role are strong communication skills, advanced administration skills and previous experience regarding print production procedures and catalogue production. Strong editing, proof reading and research skills with the ability to write interpretive material for contemporary art is essential.

For a full position description please click here:

Short listing for interviews will be based on applicants meeting the essential criteria listed in the position description. Enquiries can be directed to MCA Senior Curator Rachel Kent on 02 9245 2410.

Please send your application, including names and telephone numbers of two referees to the Human Resources Manager, Museum of Contemporary Art, PO Box R1286, Royal Exchange, NSW, 1223 or email positionsvacant (at)

Applications close Friday 20 May 2011.
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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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