The Artspace NZ Assistant Curator is a one-year development position in which you will gain a high-level of experience through direct involvement in Artspace’s programme development and production, while working within a team of four. In this role you will work alongside leading contemporary local and international artists and curators, actively participating in critical dialogue through our publications and public programmes.
The year of training and development will include both local and international opportunities for travel. Depending on the nature of your practice you are encouraged to use Artspace NZ’s expansive network as a tool for your own personal professional development. You will be involved in all stages of implementing Artspace NZ’s programme, while encouraged and supported to contribute your own ideas.
This role has evolved over more than ten years, first starting out as an internship, now entitled ‘Assistant Curator’ since last year. It has produced a clear track record within curatorial development in Aotearoa New Zealand where previous holders of the position now work as established curators, critics, writers and more in highly regarded national and international institutions or as successful freelancers.
As the ideal candidate you will be taking initiative, are good at multitasking, works concentrated and precise and are able to work within a small and dedicated team. Most importantly, you will be passionate about contemporary art. Some degree of technical or practical experience would also be an advantage.
You will likely also have an art history or fine arts background, a proven talent for writing / editing and a strong desire to be involved in curating at a professional level.
Assist the Director to develop and deliver the programme
Assist with the installation and maintenance of exhibitions
Support participating artists and curators
Assist in the writing of exhibition texts
Prepare artist contracts
Assist the Director to develop and implement Artspace NZ’s public programme
Conduct floor talks and gallery tours when required
Gain a broad knowledge of local and international contemporary art practice
Build a network of professional contacts
Assist the Director in hosting visiting artists, curators and other arts professionals when required
Assist with the maintenance of the mailing list and web content
Assist staff with general office administration as required
Generate and manage the gallery invigilators
Liaise and improve contacts with current and past gallery invigilators
Contractors / technicians
Exhibiting artists and the wider community of artists
Curators, critics, gallerists
Visitors to the gallery
Skills & Competencies
Writing and editing skills
A critical perspective on contemporary art
Project and time management skills
Basic gallery maintenance and installation
Strong research skills and high attention to detail
Able to work independently when required
Excellent communication with artists, curators, academics and other (art) professionals
Able to work effectively within a team and under pressure
An understanding of and active attitude towards Te Reo and Te Ao Māori, kaupapa and tikanga Māori
Experience with working with artists
Basic technical and practical skills
Extensive knowledge of contemporary art practices as well as its social context
An active interest in the understanding of cultural, mental and social health and its context in an organisation