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Jobs: Curator Summer School 2014

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, November 10. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curator Summer School 2014 is seeking a Curator to develop and deliver the 2014 Summer School which builds and extends
upon our previous successful two Summer Schools. The Curator must have a dynamic approach to
programming and be able to implement a theoretical framework responsive to the delivery mode of the
Summer School which covers lectures, presentations and workshops. The Curator should have both a strong
education planning and teaching delivery background, as well as vast experience in arts programming. An
understanding and ability to market and promote the school to a wide sector is imperative to the role. The
Curator will also be responsible for delivering an overarching text for the school which describes the school
conceptually, and invites response from participants and the public.
The Curator will work independently but in association with staff Karen Mirza, James Holcombe and
Sally Golding to shape and define the overall theoretical framework, select guest artists, devise theory
sessions, and program public screenings and events.
This is an exceptional opportunity for a driven individual to use this experience to develop and advance their
practice within a dynamic and progressive environment at a time which coincides with’s 10th
birthday high profile celebratory events.
Background & Concept:’s summer school is a six week programme that builds on our reputation as a vital community and
site for the production, discussion and dissemination of practices engaged with the moving image, politics,
aesthetics and technology. The summer school is not invested in reproducing the structures, canons
and learning models on offer in Higher Education; equally we are not an autonomous free school.
counters the widespread privatisation of education by offering a pedagogical environment that grounds itself
on egalitarian, nonprofit
terms. The summer school offers participants a combination of theoretical seminars,
activities, field trips, guest workshops led by artists and theorists alongside an intensive
programme of handson
film and video making. These components are reliant upon and reflective of one
another in a manner that allows practice to enlighten theory, collective experimentation to inform individual
Main Duties & Skills:
● Ability to multi task and to work cordially and professionally with all involved in the Summer School
including staff, guest lecturers and students.
● Have a developed understanding of the technical requirements for public presentations and
● Experience in scheduling and programming, and good organisational skills in facilitating and
actioning meetings.
● Excellent communication across all forums.
● Experience and understanding of community organised education and participatory sessions, and a
synergy with the free school model of education.
● Availability to cover occasional evening work (up to three sessions over six weeks) during the active
period of the school to meet the needs of delivering the public program.
● The Curator must have a minimum 3-5 years experience covering education, theory and programming.
● Temporary 30 days covering research, planning and preparation, as well as delivery of the Summer School.
● Preparation can start from January, and active delivery of the school takes place July to August.
● Some additional hours in line with the nature of arts programming and delivery for public events may be required.
● The position will be supported by a production assistant.
Deadline: Monday 16th December, 6pm
Interviews: January 2014 dates TBC
Start: January 2014
Finish: August 2014
Salary: £3,000 contractors fee
To apply please send your CV along with a covering letter and a short statement of your vision for the 2014
Summer School (no more than 400 words) to Sally Golding, Administrator,,
sally.golding -at-
For further background information please see the entries for the previous two Summer Schools on the website: A Lecture From Behind the Screen and Forcible Frames. Additionally, commentary from previous Summer School participants is available to peruse via our blog (entries July August).
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