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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

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

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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