Job Details

Listed

Dec 8, 2021

Location

Melbourne

Salary

$60,000 - $80,000

Closing Date

Jan 17, 2022

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)

Curator (designated First Nations position)

ACCA is seeking an experienced curator to join our team and lead the third iteration of the Yalingwa visual arts initiative. This is a part-time role (0.8 FTE, two-year fixed term), designated for a First Nations curator. 

Applications close 5pm Monday 17 January 2022.

Download the full position description and key selection critetia here.

ABOUT ACCA:

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) plays an inspirational and critical role investing in our artistic and wider communities, leading the cultural conversation and setting the agenda for contemporary art. Our mission is to Do Art Differently – to challenge, connect and resonate – so that ACCA becomes the go-to place to engage with contemporary art now: a platform for artists, and a centre for the exchange of ideas, to reflect and inspire positive change in people and communities.

ACCA develops exhibitions of the latest work by significant artists from around the world, commissions ambitious new works by local and international artists, and delivers a range of sophisticated and engaging education and public programs including talks, lectures, symposia, performances, screenings, music and events.

ABOUT YALINGWA:

Yalingwa is a visual arts initiative of the Victorian Government, developed as a partnership between Creative Victoria, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and TarraWarra Museum of Art, that aims to support the development of outstanding contemporary First Peoples’ art and curatorial practice, with a primary focus on South East Australian Aboriginal artists within a national context. Yalingwa is a key platform of the state government’s Creative State 2025 strategy, and its objective to ensure that First Peoples knowledge, practice, protocols and cultural authority are at the heart of the creative industries, forging stronger and enduring partnerships with First Peoples creative communities.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Curator will join ACCA’s professional staff (four days per week) and be based at ACCA. During the two-year period the Curator will have the opportunity to work on a number of exhibitions within ACCA’s program – to contribute to curatorial work on national and international exhibitions and public programs.

In consultation with the Senior Curator and Artistic Director, the Curator will:

  • Conceive of, develop, manage and deliver a major exhibition of new commissions by First Peoples artists at ACCA in 2023, along with an associated publication. The development of the project will require indepth research, travel, working with artists and community members, as well as collaborating with internal colleagues, the Yalingwa Directions Group, as well as external institutions and stakeholders on all aspects of exhibition and program delivery. The Curator will research, write and edit exhibition texts, media releases and contribute to associated education and audience engagement programs and the promotion of the exhibition
  • Coordinate the applications for the 2022 Yalingwa Fellowship, including the assessment process and communication with artists
  • Seek to build meaningful connections with local Traditional Owner communities, organisations, artists and sector colleagues, and contribute to the deepening of ACCA’s engagement with First Peoples communities and the advancement of First Nations artistic practice
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with artists and independent curators, contractors and other art industry colleagues (incuding museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, funding bodies, community groups and other stakeholders) to build professional networks and audiences for ACCA’s activities and enhance ACCA’s profile and outreach
  • Develop, deliver and administer a range of innovative First Nations focused projects, including exhibitions, public programs, publications, as well as internal policies and guidelines, working closely with First Peoples Islander artists, communities, and organisations

The Curator will also work in liaison with, and will be supported by, the Yalingwa Directions Group whose role will include:

  • Serving as advisors and ambassadors for the development of the Initiative
  • Providing high-level cultural and community advice regarding cultural procedures, protocols and guidelines to support the delivery of the ACCA’s program
  • Supporting the appointed Curator, First Peoples initiatives and the development of the program through feedback and advocacy
  • Encouraging First Peoples community engagement with the initiative.

The Curator will represent ACCA and contribute to public, professional and Indigenous community forums (such as through the presentation of talks, lectures, publications and participation in committees, juries and professional and community contexts, where relevant).

SELECTION CRITERIA:

The role is designated for a First Peoples Curator with demonstrated curatorial, exhibition and project management skills, and demonstrated experience initiating and project managing a range of contemporary art or cultural projects of professional and community standing nationally.

  • Demonstrated curatorial experience in a museum or gallery context; or equivalent experience as a cultural producer
  • Demonstrated high-level engagement with First Peoples artistic and cultural practices and communities in the South-East and nationally
  • Sound knowledge of artists, institutions, established networks and peers and contemporary art contexts nationally and internationally; including an understanding of public and private sector support for contemporary art organisations
  • Strong knowledge of current contemporary art and First Peoples cultural practices, along with an understanding of key debates, histories, theories, technical production and installation of contemporary art and First Peoples cultural practices
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, with a demonstrable ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, including effectively working with a team of arts professionals, demonstrating excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent planning, organisational and budget management skills; with a demonstrated ability to think strategically and devise practical solutions to complex issues, including experience in administering contractual arrangements for contemporary art projects with artists, lenders, insurers, installation crew and technical specialists
  • Outstanding communication skills – written, spoken and editorial including the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of artists, audiences and other stakeholders and a proven track record of publication in the field of contemporary art
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant course of study is preferred, or equivalent community cultural knowledge, with at least 3 years’ experience working in a relevant context
  • Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel as well as experience in Photoshop, Sketch Up, and other related software is desirable
  • APPLICATIONS:

    Applications close 5pm Monday 17 January 2022.

    Applications should include a CV, two-pages addressing the selection criteria and three referees and be directed to: Bas van de Kraats, Operations Manager via email to: bas.vandekraats@acca.melbourne

    Enquiries should be directed to: Max Delany, Artistic Director & CEO via email to:  max.delany@acca.melbourne

    Download the full position description and key selection critetia here

    ACCA is an inclusive employer that values diverse perspectives and lived experiences. We are committed to providing a positive, flexible and supportive workplace and to embracing access and inclusion initiatives across the organisation. Please let us know if you have support or access requirements at any stage of this recruitment process.

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