Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Job: Artistic Director, AKA Gallery

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, May 30. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
AKA Gallery is seeking a dynamic person to take over the newly created position of Artistic Director.

AKA Gallery is an artist run centre that facilitates the production, presentation and interpretation of a diversity of contemporary art with an emphasis on innovative artistic practices. By adopting a responsive approach to programming and all related activities, AKA aims to be a catalyst for the development and sustainability of a lively and engaged community of artists and audiences.

The new Artistic Director will have a proven track record of innovative programming in the visual arts as well as the management expertise to lead AKA Gallery into an exciting new phase of its development. This opportunity comes at a very exciting time as AKA has currently undergone a redevelopment of its mandate and of its facilities, which are due for completion in the autumn of 2008.

Job Description:
The Artistic Director is responsible for communicating the Mandate and Objectives of AKA Gallery. The Artistic Director will work in close communication with the Board of Directors, attend all Board Meetings, Policy, Programming, 20 Above Holdings Inc. and other committee meetings. Through an intimate understanding of the organization’s operation and vision, the Artistic Director is in large part the first point of contact between AKA artists, art community and the general public.

The Artistic Director is a fully qualified cultural worker who possesses excellent organizational skills with a strong background in and knowledge of artist-run culture in Canada. The primary objective of the Artistic Director should be carried out with respect to the community that represents our local and regional culture as well as the national art community. The Artistic Director shall always act to further the interests of AKA while carefully maintaining a responsible fiscal equilibrium in terms of budgeting for the organization.

Responsibilities for the Artistic Director position include:

Administer day-to-day operations
Work with the Board of Directors in planning and implementing fundraising activities.
Work with the Board of Directors in developing and implementing the programming.
Work with the Board and staff to ensure sound financial management.
Create an annual budget and administer finances in accordance to the organizations operations, including all visual arts programs.
Work with the Gallery/Communications Coordinator to administer our newly initiated publication program and all other communications materials (i.e. Press releases, invites, didactic materials, membership brochures, etc.).
Work with Gallery/Communications Coordinator in exhibition preparation and installation.
Write all grants.

The Artistic Director has the opportunity to curate and produce exhibitions, talks, publications and other programming consistent with AKA's mandate and in consultation with the Board of Directors.

Experience Required:

Excellent command of the English language (written and oral).
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of contemporary art practices.
Familiarity with sound financial management practices as well as Board governance.
Excellent organizational skills, including fundraising and time management.
Demonstrate ability to liaise with other arts organizations, advocacy groups and the media.
Successful grant writing experience at various levels of government.
Experience in providing direction to support staff and working with a volunteer Board of Directors and membership.
Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.

The Artistic Director is a salaried position remunerated at $34,500.00 per annum based on a 37.5-hour work week for 11 months of the year. The gallery is closed during the month of July. Benefits include an extended health plan. The position will commence as of September 1, 2008 for a two-year term.

Forward applications and inquiries to:

Jyhling Lee
AKA Board Chair
717 Temperance Street
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 0M6
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Job: Curator, Axis (Maternity Cover)

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, May 30. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Curator (Maternity cover)
22.5 hours per week
£18,000 per annum pro rata
Based in: Leeds, UK

Axis is looking for a curator with exceptional writing, communication and project management skills to join a small, energetic and committed team and create content for the 'Selected' section of the Axis website. You will have an excellent knowledge of contemporary art and the national visual arts infrastructure and a high level of IT literacy. You will be responsible for coordinating Open Frequency, curated selections and play a crucial role in the development of Axis' online resource. An application pack can be downloaded at
Deadline for applications: 5pm Wednesday 4 June 2008

For more information about Axis, please visit the Axis website.
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Job: Programme Director/Curator, Stanley Kubrick Archive

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, May 28. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Programme Director / Curator
Stanley Kubrick Archive, London College of Communication

University of the Arts London is a vibrant world centre for innovation, drawing together six Colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts.

£38,912 - £46,911 (potential for contribution pay up to £52,282) | Elephant & Castle, SE1
(2 year fixed term contract)

The archives of the internationally acclaimed and legendary film maker Stanley Kubrick arrived at London College of Communication in March 2007. This unique legacy comprises of scripts, treatments, drafts, working and research documents, costumes, props, books and film equipment. Its potential for the advancement of research and teaching in filmmaking is immense.

Working closely with the Manager of the archive, your duties will include organising a bi-annual Stanley Kubrick programme, arranging the curation of regular exhibitions and leading cross-university research and academic programming. Everything will be geared towards maximising the potential of the archives and inspiring further generations of film makers.

You will be an enthusiast of Kubrick's work and bring a broad knowledge of film production alongside a record of academic or film research and publication. Added to that, you'll have a good knowledge of film and media curatorial practice, an inspiring approach to management and communication and be backed by a qualification at Masters Level or an equivalent depth of academic experience.

In return, the University offers a competitive employment package including a salary that reflects working in London; generous annual leave; a final salary pension scheme; and a commitment to your continuing personal and career development in an environment that encourages creativity, diversity and excellence. Relocation assistance is also available.

This post is subject to a criminal records check by the CRB.

Closing date: 23rd June 2008

To receive your application pack (CVs alone will not be accepted) please contact,
Sandra Borley, School of Media, University of the Arts London, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6SB. Telephone 020 7514 6806 or email: s.borley -at-

University of the Arts London aims to be an equal opportunities employer embracing diversity in all areas of activity.
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Job: Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, May 17. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
As an independent thinker and an experienced curator of photography and modern and contemporary international art, you’ll focus your creative energies on the acquisition and research of works for the Tate Collection. As well as researching and proposing acquisitions, this creative and challenging role will place you at the heart of our acquisitions strategy, championing photography and further developing its scope within Tate. You’ll collaborate with the Head of Collections (International art) to inform others of developments and events within modern and contemporary photography. You’ll also engage in scholarly debates and actively contribute to the conception of displays and exhibitions.

Required Skills:
Your degree/postgraduate degree in the history of art or photography (or a related field) will be complemented by demonstrable knowledge of – and practical involvement in – photography and modern and contemporary international art. You’ll also have an established (and enviable) network of contacts in the field of photography. It is also important that you have extensive experience of staging photography displays and exhibitions. The nature of the role will mean regular overseas travel and attending functions outside normal hours.

Application Instructions:
For further information and to download an application pack, please visit the Tate's website.
Salary: c. £35,000 p.a.
Closing date: 27 May 2008. Interviews: 9 June 2008.

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Job: Curator, Northern Ireland at the Venice Biennale

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, May 10. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Northern Ireland is preparing for its third presentation at the Venice Biennale of Visual Arts in 2009. The Venice Biennale Working Party, comprising the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council Northern Ireland, is now seeking to appoint a curator, curatorial partnership or organisation to research, develop and deliver Northern Ireland’s presence.

The curator(s) should have an excellent knowledge of contemporary art practice in Northern Ireland and an understanding of developments in contemporary visual arts at an international level, along with a proven track record in the management and delivery of projects of a significant scale.

Interested parties can obtain further information from:
Craig Corsar
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
77 Malone Road
E-mail: ccorsar -at-

Proposals should be submitted on or before 4.30pm on 23 May 2008.
Interviews will be held the week commencing 10 June 2008.
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Job: Assistant Curator at Nottingham Contemporary

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, May 10. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Nottingham Contemporary will be an international arts centre with a strong local sense of purpose. Designed by the acclaimed architects Caruso St John, an iconic building is now taking shape in the city's historic Lace Market. It will be one of the largest contemporary arts spaces in the UK.

As assistant curator, you will help to realise Nottingham Contemporary's exciting international exhibition programme. You will help to project manage exhibitions and projects, ensuring effective co-ordination and scheduling, researching loans, organising transport, insurance, and contracts. You will have at least two years relevant experience. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience of budget monitoring, an aptitude for team work and an ability to meet deadlines under pressure are all essential.

Deadline: Monday 26th May, 2008
Salary £20,577 to £22,687

Further details and application forms may be downloaded from the Nottingham Contemporary website or from the administrator by emailing sue -at- Nottingham Contemporary aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Applicants for part-time work or job share will be considered.
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Pick 'N Mix - May 2008

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, May 3. 2008 • Category: Pick 'N Mix
Welcome to the May edition of Pick 'N Mix, my monthly annotated list of things that caught my eye over the course of the previous month. There are just two quick items this month, as a sort of "compare and contrast" exercise:

- In one of my web trawls, I found this lesson plan for teaching children what a curator does. I thought it was interesting to take a look at because despite high level discussions about the role of the curator, what emerges in more reductive definitions (for example, something that a child could understand in one short lesson) highlights what may or may not be a conventionally agreed aspect of the role. In this case I noted that beyond the obvious step of selecting work, the lesson plan includes a section on writing didactic texts for the student's imaginary audience, explaining their curatorial choices.

- Then over at Time Out New York, a timeline indicates some of the key tasks that the curators of the most recent Whitney Biennial performed. It obviously doesn't indicate all of the tasks that the curators completed, but unlike our lesson plan for kids, it doesn't mention writing, and meeting with artists and negotiating the media are highlighted.

These two short items provide glimpses into how the role of the curator and the key tasks within that role are presented and described to others, which might make us ask ourselves: What do I emphasise when I talk about curating a project to someone else, and what does that indicate about my favourite/least favourite aspects of the role?
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