Michelle Kasprzak's views on contemporary art curating

Opportunity: Three curatorial fellowships, Contemporary Art Society

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, January 18. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The Contemporary Art Society was founded in 1910. The organisation was established as a pressure group that actively supported younger artists over a sustained period.

It was founded by seven individuals including Roger Fry, artist, lecturer, critic and Curator of the Metropolitan Museums of Art in New York and DS McColl, Keeper of the Tate Gallery (1906 to 1911). McColl and Fry saw that there was a role for an organisation to purchase more adventurous work from younger, living artists for national collections.

Curatorial Practice and the Museum: Working with Collections of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Applications Welcomed: Three Curatorial Fellowships

2010 is the Contemporary Art Society's centenary year. To celebrate, a Centenary Programme will take place in partnership with many of the sixty-three member museums across the UK.

For 100 years, the Contemporary Art Society has acted as a catalyst for visual arts in the UK, developing audiences, artists, curators, collectors and collections alike. It has played a unique and visionary role by donating more than 8,000 works to institutions in Britain, where art is enjoyed by many generations. The Programme will include, exhibitions, publication, talks and events. Also, as part of the programme, we are delighted to be able to offer three Curatorial Fellowships to focus on our work with public collections. The Fellowships, based within the collections, aim to bring additional contemporary art, curatorial expertise right to the heart of the staff teams working within the museums. The initiative is designed to offer the Fellow curatorial experience of working with and planning the future of a public collection. This may relate to modern, contemporary and historic collections.

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery - 6 months in duration.

Timed to coincide with the re-hanging of the permanent collection, a moment that provides The Castle with an opportunity to step back and review current practice. The Curatorial Fellow will work with the team to plan the new installation of the collection and devise a new exhibition for the Museum and Art Gallery for the 2011 programme. The Curatorial Fellow will work with the team to plan the new installation of the collection and devise an exhibition for the Museum and Art Gallery for the 2011 programme.

Deadline for application: Monday 8 February 2010.

Interviews to be held at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery on 17 February. Start date negotiable, anticipated to be in September 2010

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry - 6 months in duration.

A Curatorial Fellow with a specialism in contemporary art and digital media will lead strategic thinking and participate in developing a strategy for the future role of contemporary art within The Herbert's complex programme. The Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to the public programme either through the exhibition or events programme.

Deadline for applications Monday 1 February 2010.

Interviews to be held at The Herbert, Coventry on 15 February. Start date negotiable, anticipated to be in April/May 2010

At the Contemporary Art Society - 12 months in duration.

Working with the team that generates the programme for the National Network, a membership scheme for arts professionals, the majority of whom work with public collections. The programme includes; events, conferences seminars and national and international research trips. The Fellow will be focused on the development an on-line resource. This is an opportunity for a curator who is interested in generating and gathering information from a discursive national programme with the aim of creating a continuous and growing resource that will support the sector.

Deadline for applications Monday 8 February 2010.

Start date, as soon as possible.

For application forms and detailed position descriptions, please visit the Contemporary Art Society's website.
For more information on all three fellowships please email: nationalprogrammes -at
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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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Job: Senior Curator at CCAN

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, August 27. 2007 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The forthcoming Centre for Contemporary Art Nottingham (CCAN) is looking to appoint a Senior Curator with excellent creative and organisational abilities. He or she will work closely with the Director, Alex Farquharson, to develop an ambitious, innovative and diverse programme of exhibitions and other events in a new landmark building of around 3000 square metres, in the middle of Nottingham, designed by Caruso St John. He or she will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the exhibitions team.

The individual we are looking for will have excellent international knowledge of recent contemporary art; experience of devising and managing international exhibitions of both loaned and commissioned work; a proven ability to raise funds for projects; excellent written and oral communications skills; and an interest in art's social, political and cultural contexts and frameworks. S/he will have an enthusiasm for teamwork and collaboration and a commitment to engaging creatively with diverse publics.

CCAN will be the East Midland's flagship contemporary art venue. Starting this autumn, we are preparing an imaginative programme of off-site artistic and education events in anticipation of our opening in late 2008. Salary range: £28,770 to £31,339

Please email info.ccan @ for further details and an application form. Closing date for applications is 24 September. CCAN aims to be an equal opportunity employer.
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