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Job: Cultural Programme Curator, The University for the Creative Arts

Posted by Sofia Landström • Wednesday, July 17. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Cultural Programme Curator
Deadline: 1 August, 2013

The University for the Creative Arts has campuses at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester and is home to 7,000 students from over 70 countries studying on courses in fashion, graphics, design, media, fine art and architecture.

We are seeking to appoint a Cultural Programme Curator to take forward the exhibition, events and public programmes of the campuses. The University has established gallery spaces (James Hockey Gallery, Farnham and Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury) and extensive external and internal curatorial spaces.

The post of Cultural Programme Curator provide an exceptional opportunity for you to lead on the curating of work connected with and arising from the world class outputs of contemporary practitioners, staff and students of the University. We are looking for individuals that will generate original concepts for programming and will work with community, professional and internal colleagues to a unique approach for each campus. You will have an appropriate postgraduate qualification and curatorial experience in a professional gallery/public art setting as well as a portfolio of curatorial outputs (publications, catalogues, on-line platforms etc). You will need to familiarise yourself with portfolios of the University and the galleries at Farnham and Canterbury. Interviews for both posts will take place at the Epsom campus.

For information about the posts and to make an appointment to visit the campus please contact Cheryl Kirk on 01372-202488 or e-mail cjkirk@ucreative.ac.uk.

Application forms, Vacancy Summary and further information relating to the University for the Creative Arts are available for download or alternatively contact the Human Resources Department via email HR@ucreative.ac.uk or on 01252 892681 (24 hours -quoting the relevant reference). Please note any CVs submitted without a completed application form will not be considered for shortlisting. Interviews will be held in early September 2013.

Further information: http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/13-KENTCPC-01

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Job: Curator, The David Winton Bell Gallery

Posted by Sofia Landström • Friday, June 28. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curator, The David Winton Bell Gallery, Rhode Island
Deadline: Unspecified

The David Winton Bell Gallery is Brown University's contemporary art gallery and home to an important part of the university's permanent art collection. The gallery hosts four to five major exhibitions each year, as well as annual exhibitions of student artwork and a triennial exhibition of artwork by Brown faculty members. Broadly concerned with the exhibition of exemplary work by artists living today, the gallery takes pride in showing artwork irrespective of media, content or subject and makes special efforts to support and show the work of emerging or under-recognized practitioners locally, nationally and internationally. Alongside the contemporary arts, the gallery also makes use of its art historical collections, programming exhibitions on the arts and culture of the last five centuries.

Job Description
The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University seeks an experienced and energetic curator with specialization in contemporary art. The curator assists the director in planning the Gallery’s overall exhibition program and is responsible for research and development of 3-5 exhibitions per year. The curator plans and implements programs in conjunction with exhibitions, provides access to the permanent collection, works with guest curators, and handles the gallery’s social media. The curator shares responsibility for the systematic registration of collections and loans. Other duties include grant writing and fund raising, creation of publicity and promotional material, and support of related University projects.

This is a full-time position. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Applications accepted until the position is filled. Please apply at Brown University Human Resources website http://careers.brown.edu, and refer to job number H00504. Brown University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Job Requirements
The position requires an advanced degree in art history or a related field, with in-depth knowledge of modern and contemporary art. Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of curatorial experience, with knowledge of standard museum curatorial practices and exhibition development and logistics. The successful candidate will have proven skills in research, writing, and communication. Familiarity with museum registration methods is advantageous.

Apply at: http://careers.brown.edu
Further information: http://brown.edu/campus-life/arts/bell-gallery/

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Where to From Here? The Professional Challenges of Emerging Curators

Posted by April Steele • Tuesday, October 4. 2011 • Category: Musings

The professional aspect of being a curator has been a popular discussion topic of late. As an emerging independent curator and a recent graduate myself, I find the discussion to be a crucial one, and the professional and developmental challenges faced by newcomers to the field are constant questions posed by myself and my peers. In discussion with my colleagues regarding the challenges faced by emerging curators, several themes appeared. At the forefront, unsurprisingly, were concerns regarding the lack of funding available. Meager funding and the limited budgets provided for exhibitions present challenges including the inability to access artists who can request higher artists’ fees; difficulties providing adequate fees for those artists willing to participate; and the problem of finding funding that doesn’t conflict with funding provided to artists. Often, the funding that is available is entirely out of reach for emerging curators at the beginning of their career. For example, the Canada Council for the Arts offers project grants and professional assistance to curators, though applicants must have already produced an independent body of work, have had at least three public presentations of work in a professional context over a three year period, have maintained an independent professional practice for at least three years, and have produced at least three exhibitions or publications. These stipulations are usually prohibitive and discouraging for curators fresh to the field without bankable experience – a situation emerging artists applying for grants will be familiar with.

Often working outside the framework and support of an institutional budget, emerging curators are faced with the difficulties of reconciling their curatorial direction with the realities imposed by insufficient funding. A lack of salaried work and over-dependence on project-by-project funding often forces emerging curators to take on ‘day jobs’, and the challenges of balancing a curatorial practice with other work are not inconsiderable. Of course, insufficient funding is not a problem faced only by curators (emerging or not) and obviously extends to the arts in general, which is a much larger issue that requires addressing.

Beyond funding, another problem is posed by the dearth of professional resources for young curators. Unfortunately, few resources exist for emerging curators, who are often caught in limbo between education and career, without institutional resources. Some excellent resources do exist: this site and IKT (though with IKT members must apply and have their applications supported by two existing members) are among the few highly accessible international resources for curators online. Another excellent resource is the Curatorial Toolkit for emerging curators assembled by Karen Love and 2010 Legacies Now in British Columbia, which provides an in-depth practical guide to curatorial practices, with topics including the role of the curator, researching a concept, securing a venue and funding, budgeting and fundraising, exhibition programming, media relations and audience development. Additionally, a number of publications in print address curatorial practice, though the majority focus on broader curatorial theory rather than specific, practical professional issues.

Despite these resources, gaps obviously exist in professional support available to emerging curators. In Canada, for example, the Canadian Artists Representation/le Front des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC) provides legal assistance, health and safety advice and other professional development resources to professional artists, however an equivalent umbrella organization for curators still does not exist. Some advocacy and legal frameworks do exist: the LaSalle River Accord (1999-2000) and the Toronto Independent Curators Network Proposed Fee Schedule (1999) set recommended fee schedules for independent curators including writing fees. However, as Love notes, curatorial fees in Canada still amount to annual incomes that are well below the rates recommended by the Canadian Museums Association and salaries provided to curators by most institutions.

Of course, any discussion of the challenges faced by emerging curators must address the recent proliferation of curatorial programs at the university level. In an increasingly corporate world that prioritizes concrete skills and quantifiable qualifications, and where higher education supposedly provides some assurance of gainful employment, emerging curators are increasingly seeking validation through (often pricey) curatorial degrees. As a result, university programs in curatorial studies are flourishing internationally. A primary concern expressed by my peers is that university programs often do not offer the hands-on experience and direct involvement with artists that a self-directed curatorial education in the field may. While many students take it upon themselves to put forth their own projects and proposals outside of their curriculum, those who do not are often unprepared for the practical realities of a curatorial practice upon graduation. Many programs seem to be attempting to bridge this gap with mandatory internships and student placements in galleries or museums, however there are still the realities of proposing and mounting exhibitions on one’s own that must be learned. In the end the onus is on the student to fully participate in the curatorial field outside the classroom. Additionally, since university curatorial programs are relatively new and many established curators don’t necessarily have the same degrees, there sometimes exists a professional divide between the old guard and the new, and occasionally some doubt regarding the taught skills of new graduates (perhaps justifiably, given the aforementioned lack of practical experience in graduates). A new difficulty now perhaps lies in presenting a university degree from a curatorial program as an asset and not a liability.

Establishing oneself in any career certainly has its challenges, and as training programs blossom and numbers swell, curators, face some unique obstacles. However, the ways in which emerging curators are navigating these obstacles and presenting new alternatives is heartening. Hopefully, we will see a continued push for the development of new, accessible resources and a reassessment of the funding available for curators, to further the development of this profession and provide opportunities to present new and critical material. And hopefully, we will see a continuation of this discussion as new ideas are presented. We need better curatorial programs, more strategic funding opportunities earlier on in emerging curators’ careers, and more professional associations to guide us. Let’s work towards this together and make it a reality.

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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, Studentships: University of Sunderland

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, February 6. 2007 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

University of Sunderland - School of Arts, Design, Media & Culture

Curating New Media Art

Since 1993 the School of Arts, Design, Media & Culture has had a special interest in issues for exhibiting new media art (including internet art, and interactive digital media). The CRUMB web resource for curators is now an internationally acclaimed site, which complements the postgraduate work in Fine Art, Curating and Informatics at the University. A recent AHRC Research Grant enables the continued expansion of this research, with research partners Eyebeam (New York) and Lancaster University.

Fixed-term 3 years
£20,119 - £23,187 pa
To undertake research outputs, and assist the research of the CRUMB team, and to undertake research outputs in the field of curating new media art. You will hold special responsibility for online/print research outputs, and collaborative networking.

Ref No: ADR017/1362
Closing date: 2 March 2007

An application form and Role Profile can be obtained by contacting Human Resources on 0191 515 2057 or http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/jobs

Curating New Media Art, and New Media Art & Programming
Fixed-term 3 years
AHRC grant of - £12,300 pa
PhD proposals including practice-led artist/curator research are invited. Applicants should meet AHRC UK/EU residency regulations.

Closing date: 2 March 2007

Further details can be found on http://www.crumbweb.org An application form and further details on the Research Studentships can be obtained by contracting Valerie Cornell on 0191 515 3725 or email:
valerie.cornell -at- sunderland.ac.uk
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