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Opportunity - Volunteer Curatorial Intern, Tate Modern, deadline July 1

Posted by April Steele • Thursday, June 23. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

This is an opportunity where you will gain significant experience with an Assistant Curator in researching and developing a new and exciting cross-disciplinary programme at Tate Modern. Tate Modern is currently at the planning stages of a major series of events and installations and you will contribute to the development of its concept and future implementation. You will also gain experience in the general administrative, day to day duties of the Curatorial Department.

Please note that this internship is offered as a volunteer activity and as such is understood to be outside the scope of the National Minimum Wage legislation.

Ideal candidates:
• University or post-University student.
• An interest in and knowledge of contemporary and modern international art.
• Excellent administration and organizational skills and good at prioritizing tasks.
• Experience in undertaking research
• Able to use own initiative as well as work independently.
• Attention to detail
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Computer literate: MS Office, MS Outlook.
• Previous experience in a museum or gallery is desirable.

A commitment to a minimum of 3 months working a minimum of 1 day per week is required.
Tate Modern has flexible working hours from 8:00 / 10:00 to 16:00 / 18:00.

Travel expenses within London (up to Zone 6 only) to Tate Modern will be reimbursed for every day you come in to the office.
During your internship you will have the opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting curatorial work nationally and internationally in a really stimulating environment. This will in turn give you a number of formal and informal learning opportunities that will assist you with your future career.

Tate is unable to make an offer of employment at the end of the programme. However, you will have a formal career development review in which we will assess what you have learned and how you can apply your new experience to further your career.

How to apply:
Please visit: to create an account by registering your details or if you are an existing user, log into your account. For all opportunities, we ask candidates to complete an online application form for the vacancy they are interested in. If you need an application form in an alternative format, please call us on 020 7887 4997. Once you have submitted your application, you can keep track of its progress by logging in to your account.

The closing date for the return of completed application forms is Friday 01 July 2011

If you are shortlisted, we will contact you to invite you for an interview. Please include your availability to attend during this period in the appropriate section of your application form.
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Job - Associate/Assistant Curator of Prints, High Museum of Art

Posted by April Steele • Thursday, June 23. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Manages and implements all aspects of the High Museum's print collection with a special emphasis on modern and contemporary prints. Working in concert with the curators of African art, American art, European art, Folk art, and modern and contemporary art, the curator of prints develops and implements a program of strategic acquisitions, special exhibitions, permanent collection cataloguing, and community education and outreach, including management of the High Museum Print Fair. This is a two year position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Assesses print collection, and with the guidance of the Director of Collections and Exhibitions, develops a print collection development strategy with a special emphasis on contemporary prints.
Develops a special exhibition program that works in concert with and in support of the collection development strategy.
Manages all aspects of the High Museum Print Fair.
Researches and catalogues works in the permanent collection.
Develops conservation strategy for care of the permanent collection of prints.
Develops and delivers presentations about the print collection to key stakeholders and staff.
Identifies and builds relationships with patrons in order to provide funding and support for the collections development strategy and exhibitions support.
Works with Public Programs team, Special Events team, and PR & Marketing to coordinate and promote the Print Fair and other print-related activities.
Manage departmental budget.
Any other duties as assigned by the Director of Collections and Exhibitions.

Job Requirements:

General knowledge of printmaking history with a special emphasis on late 20th-century and contemporary prints ; experience in working with living artists; experience in making acquisitions. Demonstrated project management experience. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills; must be a team player with an ability to work with a variety of community stakeholders, and staff. Ability to identify and cultivate patrons. Must be able to manage numerous projects simultaneously and work independently and at a high level of productivity in a very busy environment. Must have excellent writing and public speaking skills.

Education and Experience:

Required: BA and Master’s degrees in history of art; experience working in an art museum print room highly desirable. A minimum of 3-5 years experience in art museums or art galleries or some combination thereof.

To apply, please visit
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Job - Chief Curator, Savannah College of Art and Design

Posted by April Steele • Wednesday, June 22. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The chief curator will create compelling modern and contemporary art and design exhibitions at SCAD locations in Savannah, Atlanta, Lacoste (France) and Hong Kong, as well as off-site locations that will garner press and recognition for SCAD artists, and promote SCAD nationally and internationally.

Reporting to the executive director, the chief curator will lead the curatorial team in conceptualizing exhibitions with visiting artists, SCAD artists and by utilizing the permanent collection, and work collaboratively with other departments of the institution to maximize the outreach and impact of the exhibitions program.

Master's degree in art history required, Ph.D. preferred; eight to 10 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidate must have extensive knowledge of standard museum curatorial practices and exhibition development and logistics.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding exhibition and publication history (nationally and internationally), management and supervisory skills, and excellent skills in research, writing and communication. Also essential is a demonstrated ability to build relationships with other donors, collectors and institutions.

The person in this position must have in-depth knowledge of modern and contemporary art and will organize collections-based and loan exhibitions in these areas as well as liaising with curators. The chief curator will also have a broad knowledge of fashion and design.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position open until filled.

More more information, please visit
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Job - Curatorial Assistant, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, deadline July 15

Posted by April Steele • Tuesday, June 21. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA), a non-collecting art museum located on Wilmington’s Riverfront, is seeking a twenty-hour per week, part-time Curatorial Assistant beginning on or about August 1st, 2011. The Curatorial Assistant assists the DCCA’s Gretchen Hupfel Curator with the development and implementation of the DCCA’s active program of changing exhibitions. The Curatorial Assistant is responsible for registarial duties that include preparing artist contracts, loan forms, condition reports, labels and checklists, maintaining department records, coordinating exhibition-related interpretive materials, and organizing the annual members’ juried exhibition and biannual MFA exhibition Calls for Entries. The Curatorial Assistant maintains the exhibition schedule and acts as a liaison between artists and the DCCA. The position requires a detail-oriented multi-tasker who is familiar with contemporary art and who works well in a team situation; good writing and computer skills are essential.

Please email application materials to Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art, Maiza Hixson at mhixson(at)

All applications are due by July 15th.

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Opportunity - Volunteer Curatorial Assistant, Tate Liverpool, deadline June 24

Posted by April Steele • Tuesday, June 21. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Internship, Part-time
Working hours: 4 - 5 days per week
Salary: This is an unpaid volunteer internship
Location: Liverpool - Tate Liverpool
Closing date: 24 June 2011 at 5:00pm

During this volunteer internship you will gain experience of supporting the preparation and research of the upcoming exhibition and displays programme, with special focus on Alice in Wonderland, due to open in November 2011. The internship offers hands-on experience at the heart of the curatorial processes within an internationally respected arts organisation.

For information on how to apply, please visit
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Job - Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, deadline July 5

Posted by April Steele • Tuesday, June 21. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada's leading art museum, is seeking an experienced curator to bring a dynamic vision to the role of Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. Following the completion of a recent $300 million Frank Gehry designed expansion project, the AGO maintains a position of prominence as a cultural leader, serving diverse communities in Canada’s largest city.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Curatorial Affairs, the Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art is responsible for leading and directing the AGO-organized exhibition development and programming in modern and contemporary art and photography. Working closely with a network of patrons, members, donors, trustees and other external stakeholders to ensure collection growth and shape the future of our institution as a leading presenter of art in our time, the Curator directs a team of curatorial professionals to plan, build and present the permanent collection of modern and contemporary art in innovative new ways.

The ideal candidate will have recognized expertise in contemporary art with an advanced degree in art history and a distinguished record of scholarly achievement. it is expected that the Curator would have a minimum of ten years of curatorial or related experience and established links with colleagues internationally, a comprehensive knowledge of museum practice, excellent administrative, interpersonal and organization skills, and the ability to work efficiently in a team-based workplace.

Please apply online at (About the AGO/Jobs & Volunteering). The deadline date to apply for this position will be July 5, 2011.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
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Job - Curator of Exhibtions, University Art Museum CSULB

Posted by April Steele • Wednesday, June 15. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

For over 30 years, the University Art Museum (UAM) has introduced numerous artists from diverse fields to a broad audience, both nationally and internationally, and has showcased many of the most significant artistic and cultural developments of the past 50 years. The UAM program of dynamic solo exhibitions and landmark group presentations define key moments in contemporary art, reflect the global nature of art today, and span a vast array of cultural activities and media.

Time Base/Hours/Units per Week: Full-time/40 hours per week.

Position Description: The Curator of Exhibitions is responsible for the conceptualization, formulation, and presentation of exhibitions and related program that meet the museum's goals. Oversees the curatorial department and participates in the planning and development of innovative projects that are accessible for study and interpretation by the campus, local, and national communities. Assist in the preparation of grant proposals, budget, and fundraising activities.

Job Requirements

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply curatorial expertise to exhibition programs including pertinent policies, procedures, and regulations. Knowledge of cross-media installations and site-specific works desirable. Ability to understand exhibition problems from a broad, interactive perspective and discern applicable underlying principles to conceive of and develop strategic solutions. Research skills are essential, including the ability to access on-line resources and use standard library references. Demonstrated consultative skills in working with internal and external community groups. Excellent oral and written communication skills required, including proofreading expertise. Excellent organizational skills required in order to handle several projects simultaneously and meet pressing deadlines.

Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."

Education and Experience: Equivalent to a bachelor's degree in a related field and three years of related experience required. Masters or M.F.A. in arts related fields preferred. Experience with the national circulation of traveling exhibitions preferred, including a background in preparing contracts, loan forms, memoranda, letters of agreement, and other related correspondence.

To apply, please contact Ilee Kaplan at kaplan(at)
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Job - Curator, Ottawa Art Gallery (Contemporary Art), deadline July 8

Posted by April Steele • Wednesday, June 15. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Curator (Contemporary Art)

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is seeking an exceptional individual to work in a dynamic and creative environment. This individual will take on the position of curator and bring a deep understanding of how to balance a local arts focus within a national and international context. Reporting to the Director, and working within the curatorial team that includes the Curator (Historical Art), the Curator is responsible for the planning development, and implementation of the Gallery's exhibition program. This includes a three-year cycle of exhibitions; an active publications program; and related didactic materials in conjunction with the Curatorial team. The Curator coordinates the annual acquisitions program, which is approved by a committee of the Board of Directors. The Curator works as part of a dynamic team of professionals, helping them to develop new public programs, promotional strategies, and funding opportunities directly linked to exhibitions and publications. The Curator also assists the Director and the Development Manager with the preparation of annual operating grant applications for all levels of government. The incumbent will work with the senior management team and the director to respond to the future growth of the OAG. The OAG is the municipal art gallery for the City of Ottawa, a non-profit arts organization.


Exhibitions Program | Research, development, and administration of a three-year cycle of original, guest-curated, and borrowed exhibitions as well as special touring exhibitions.
Publications | Coordination of the Gallery’s annual bilingual publications program in relation to the exhibition program. Duties include writing curatorial texts, identifying guest writers, preparing copyright agreements and fees, obtaining reproductions, and working with designers, editors, translators, and printers.
Interpretation | Preparation of bilingual support material for exhibitions, including text panels, online information, didactic labels, etc. Collaborating with the Public Programs Coordinator on the development of public and educational programs linked to exhibitions, including video screenings, panel discussions, workshops and youth programming.
Development | Assisting with the preparation of the Gallery’s multi-year operating grant applications, and providing content related to exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions. Working with the Gallery’s Development Manager to identify special project funding, and assisting with the preparation of related applications.
Acquisitions | Working with the Gallery Director and the Curatorial team to identify an annual selection of art for purchase and donation. Preparation and presentation of justifications to the Acquisitions and Programming Committee. Working with the Gallery’s Collections Manager on the submission of applications for matching funs for acquisitions, as well as CCPERB certifications.
Promotion | Responding to requests for interviews and commentary from arts publications and other media. Working with the Marketing and Communications Manager on promotional strategies for exhibitions.
Community Outreach | Representing the Gallery in the local community, attending events organized by other art organizations, and conducting studio visits with artists working in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Collaborating with curators and professionals in other visual arts institutions on various projects to enhance the Gallery’s reputation, influence, and connectivity. Representing the Gallery on curatorial matters through participation on panels, in symposia and conferences.

Qualifications and Experience

Broad knowledge of contemporary art practices and related issues and aesthetic theories;
Superlative writing and editing skills;Excellent oral communication skills;
Ability to work effectively in a bilingual office and community;
MA or PhD in Art History, Cultural Studies, or a related field;
Minimum 5 years experience curating exhibitions in a museum or public gallery context;
A history of published art criticism; Proven grant writing abilities;
Excellent organizational skills;
Project management experience;Basic computer literacy (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook);
Ability to work independently and as part of a team; andAbility to prioritize, multi-task, meet deadlines, and pay close attention to details.

This is a permanent, full-time position

Salary Range: Compensation based on experience, plus full benefit package and RRSP contribution

Deadline for Applications: 8 July 2011

Apply with cover letter and resume to:
The Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6E2, email at info(at) or fax at 613-569-7660.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is an equal opportunity employer, and thanks all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is an independent, non-profit public art gallery, committed to the acquisition, presentation, interpretation and dissemination of art for the benefit of the community. Its programs explore a variety of issues and include exhibitions, talks, lectures, educational programs for young people, and publications. The Gallery has a growing Contemporary Collection of works by artists associated with the region. It is also home to the prestigious City-owned Firestone Collection of Canadian Art that is presented through changing exhibitions.
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Job - Curator, Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) Belfast, deadline June 22

Posted by April Steele • Wednesday, June 15. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) will be a leading cultural and civic venue when it opens in the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter in 2012.

Reporting to the Director of Programmes, you will be responsible for shaping the vision of The MAC’s visual art
programme in line with The MAC’s integrated artistic strategy and the strategic objectives outlined in its business

You will take the lead on creating and curating an internationally relevant and innovative programme of work to
include art exhibitions, project exhibitions and publications that will help position The MAC as Northern Ireland’s
leading contemporary arts space. In addition you will work closely with the Director of Marketing and
Communications and the Learning and Participation team to ensure that The MAC successfully meets its targets
around audience attendance.

For a full job description and application details, please visit

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Wednesday 22 June 2011 with interviews on 1 July
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Job - Senior Curator, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, deadline June 24

Posted by April Steele • Thursday, June 9. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA) is seeking a Senior Curator to lead on the conception, management and implementation of a dynamic and innovative programme of exhibitions at SNGMA, and to lead and manage within National Galleries of Scotland (NGS), and at a national level, the vision, management and delivery of the ARTIST ROOMS programme.

This is a rare opportunity to help shape the future programme of one of Europe’s major galleries. You will be an exceptional individual, with in-depth knowledge of international modern and contemporary art, and proven curatorial excellence. You will play a significant part in developing and maintaining an international network of contacts, and possess strong influencing and decision-making skills. You will also work collaboratively with other departments in the development of gallery-wide projects and will possess budget and line management experience.

You will possess excellent interpersonal skills, with the capacity to lead and inspire. You will work flexibly within a team, and work collaboratively across the National Galleries of Scotland.

For further information, please visit
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Job - Curator / Commissaire, La Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa, deadline June 24

Posted by Katerina Gkoutziouli • Tuesday, June 7. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Job Description
(French below)

La Galerie SAW Gallery is looking for an exceptionally creative and energetic individual to join their small team in the role of Curator.

You will develop and organize critical and innovative exhibition programs that appeal to a wide range of audiences, in accordance with Galerie SAW Gallery’s mandate. You will work to build the centre’s relationships with artists and organizations from the Ottawa-Gatineau region, Canada and abroad. You will use your expertise in communications to contribute unique community outreach programs and public relations initiatives.

You will work closely with the Director to research, plan, manage and deliver all aspects of the gallery’s programs.


La Galerie SAW Gallery est à la recherche d’une personne exceptionnellement créative et dynamique pour se joindre à leur petite équipe à titre de commissaire.

Vous élaborerez et organiserez des programmes d’expositions critiques et novateurs qui s’adresseront à un public élargi, en accord avec le mandat de la Galerie SAW Gallery. Vous contribuerez à établir et à renforcer les relations du centre avec les artistes et les organismes de la région d’Ottawa-Gatineau, du Canada et de l’étranger. Vous utiliserez votre expertise en communications pour créer des programmes de développement de publics et d’action communautaire, ainsi que des initiatives en relations publiques.

Vous travaillerez de près avec la direction en ce qui concerne la recherche, la planification, la gestion et les différents aspects des programmes de la galerie.

You will have at least three years of experience in curating exhibitions, in producing publications, in organizing events and in leading teams to deliver projects. You will have a diploma in studio arts, art history, curatorial studies or a related field, along with solid experience working in an artist-run organization, and a broad knowledge of contemporary art. You will have outstanding writing and editorial skills, including proven grant writing skills. As an active figure in the contemporary art scene, you will have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively. You will have a strong background and interest in outreach and community development. A thorough knowledge of and demonstrated interest in performance and media art programming will be an asset. A strong command of both French and English will be preferred.


Vous avez au moins trois années d’expérience en commissariat d’expositions, en production de publications, en organisation d’événements et en gestion d’équipes pour réaliser des projets. Vous avez un diplôme en arts plastiques, en histoire de l’art, en études commissariales ou dans un champ connexe, de même qu’une solide expérience de travail dans un centre d’artistes autogéré et une excellente connaissance de l’art contemporain. Vous avez des compétences remarquables en rédaction, et vous avez déjà écrit avec succès des demandes de bourses et de subventions. En tant que figure active sur la scène de l’art contemporain, vous avez des compétences interpersonnelles exceptionnelles et vous savez travailler en collaboration. Vous avez un bagage solide et un intérêt véritable pour le développement de publics et l’action communautaire. Une connaissance approfondie de la performance et des arts médiatiques, de même qu’un intérêt avéré pour leur programmation constituent un atout. Une excellente connaissance de l'anglais et du français est un avantage.
Additional Information


This is a full-time permanent position, with benefits.


Please e-mail your CV along with a statement of intent, a selection of writing samples and three professional references to [email protected]. Sample catalogues of exhibitions/projects may be mailed to: Galerie SAW Gallery, Attn: Hiring Committee, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa ON K1N 7B9.

CLOSING DATE for Applications: Friday, June 24, 2011

START DATE of Position: Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Galerie SAW Gallery is committed to employment equity and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender identity, age, creed, disability or sexual orientation.

Please be advised that Galerie SAW Gallery is only able to contact candidates selected for an interview. Thank you for your interest in this employment opportunity at Galerie SAW Gallery.


Galerie SAW Gallery

- promotes contemporary Canadian and international artists, emerging and established, from diverse cultural backgrounds;

- presents a contemporary art program with a strong focus on Canadian performance and media art, with bilingual interpretative material produced for each exhibition;

- adapts to the changing nature of the contemporary arts by maintaining an evolving interdisciplinary presentation space comprised of SAW Gallery, Club SAW and the SAW outdoor courtyard;

- serves the needs of diverse communities through audience development initiatives;

- engages in collaborations with other arts organizations to increase opportunities for exhibiting artists and to outreach to new audiences;

- commits to paying artist fees above CARFAC recommendations.



Il s’agit d’un poste à temps plein et permanent, avec avantages.


Veuillez expédier par courriel votre CV accompagné d’une lettre d’intention, d’une sélection d’échantillons de textes et de trois références professionnelles à : [email protected]. Des exemples de catalogues et de projets d’exposition peuvent être postés à : Galerie SAW Gallery, à l’attention du Comité d’embauche, 67, rue Nicholas, Ottawa ON K1N 7B9.

DATE LIMITE pour le dépôt des candidatures : le vendredi 24 juin 2011

DATE D'ENTRÉE en fonction : le mardi 9 août 2011

La Galerie SAW Gallery s’engage à poursuivre une politique d’égalité d’emploi et considèrera tous les candidats indépendamment de l’origine raciale ou ethnique, du genre, de l’âge, de la religion, du handicap ou de l’orientation sexuelle.

Veuillez noter que la Galerie SAW Gallery entrerait en contact uniquement avec les candidats retenus pour une entrevue. Merci de votre intérêt pour cette offre d’emploi à la Galerie SAW Gallery.


La Galerie SAW Gallery

- apporte son appui à des artistes contemporains canadiens et internationaux, émergents et établis, provenant de milieux culturels divers;

- présente un programme d’art contemporain axé sur la performance et les arts médiatiques canadiens, soutenu par du matériel didactique bilingue produit pour chacune des expositions;

- s’adapte à la nature changeante des arts contemporains en assurant le maintien et le développement d’un espace de présentation interdisciplinaire formé de la Galerie SAW, du Club SAW et de la cour extérieure de SAW;

- subvient aux besoins de communautés diverses à travers des initiatives visant le développement de publics;

- établit des collaborations avec d’autres organismes artistiques afin d’offrir une plus grande visibilité aux artistes et de rejoindre de nouveaux publics;

- s’engage à payer des cachets d’artistes supérieurs aux recommandations de CARFAC.

Send Submissions To: Tam-Ca Vo-Van, 67 rue Nicholas Street, Ottawa Ontario, Canada K1N 7B9, e: [email protected]

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