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Job: Associate Curator, Beirut

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, September 27. 2012 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Beirut is looking for an Associate Curator
Deadline: October 3, 2012

Beirut is a new art initiative and exhibition space in Cairo, Egypt. Our activities
are centered around hosting artists, projects and other institutions that wish to
engage with questions we share on politics, economy, education, ecology and the
arts. Mindful of the ongoing political changes in Egypt and the region, Beirut seeks
to establish itself as a forum for the work and practice of different communities of
artists and other cultural creators to take up critical positions reflecting on this
new and open situation.

Our aim is to build strong affiliations to other bodies and organizations dedicated
to the arts in Egypt, the region and internationally, aspiring to foster a wider
public through our shared platform of practice. Beirut also hosts CIRCA (Cairo
International Resource Center for Art), a shelf-organization committed to investigating
the legal, financial and political histories of key art spaces with the
desire to forge new means of support and securing more autonomy for art and artists.

We are looking for someone who is interested in commmitting his/her time and energy
to a new institution in its first year of founding, with experience in conceiving,
planning and realizing exhibitions. The ideal candidate is able to coordinate
projects and manage diverse tasks simultaneoulsy, be detail-oriented and have an
uncommon imagination for administration, finance and management. Experience in
fundraising and using web-based platforms is a plus. Extensive enthusiasm and
knowledge for contemporary art, working with artists, art spaces and exhibitions, is
crucial, as is a broad range of interests in theory, film and other cultural fields.
S/he will have writing experience and an interest in working on publication
projects; likes to work with people, knows how to do things with words, is
comfortable working in a flexible environment and has a flair for working with all
kinds of languages, people and contexts.

The Associate Curator position entails conceiving seasonal exhibitions and other
programs in line with the aim, mission and aspirations of Beirut. Tasks include
research, preparation and production of projects, working closely together with
artists, galleries and partner institutions, writing for exhibition program related
material, public communication and grants, managing stays for artists and
professionals, furthering Beirut's network of partners and developing our art
library. The Associate Curator will work closely with Beirut's co-directors on all
aspects of program conception and planning.

This is a paid full-time position with a basic salary for the duration of eight
months (October 2012 – June 2013) with possibility of renewal, starting on October
23, 2012. The Associate Curator will be based in Cairo.

To apply please send your cover letter and CV, including contact information of two
references, as well as samples of your curatorial work and writing to
office -at-
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