Full-time, 18-month fixed-term contract position (until the end of 2023)
• Salary package: $60,824 – $70,959 per annum (includes base salary of $55,044 – $64,217 plus 10.5% employer’s contribution to superannuation)
• Curatorial & Digital Division
• Reports to Senior Curator Exhibitions
Overview of the position
Reporting to the Senior Curator Exhibitions this temporary position plays a supporting role in the administration of several projects within the MCA’s 2023 and 2024 exhibition and artist commission program across various stages including the early development and planning of projects to their implementation, conclusion and evaluation. This position will also provide administrative support for collection projects.
The Curatorial Assistant will work within the wider Curatorial and Digital Division, and in supporting the Senior Curator Exhibitions will work closely with other administrative roles in the division and various curatorial team members including Assistant Curators and Associate Curators.
Tasks and responsibilities of the position
• Undertaking project coordination in relation to exhibition and commission projects including developing project timelines, organising and coordinating the administration of exhibition and commission Project Team Meetings, and assisting curators and exhibition managers with financial management of project budgets.
• Providing curatorial assistance including the preparation of artists’ letters, contracts, and other administrative tasks.
• Assisting in the preparation of fundraising applications for exhibition and commission projects, and their acquittal.
• Sourcing installation materials and special installation requirements.
• Supporting curators in the preparation of content related to exhibition and commission projects:
o sourcing/captioning images and achieving copyright clearances for publicity and print production purposes,
o providing assistance on catalogue production including sourcing and preparation of artist biographies, acknowledgements, ISBN allocations and print proofing,
o designing and generating exhibition labels and signage for the artworks to MCA standard (extended labels, fragile works, special directions, etc.).
• Coordinating artists’ travel and accommodation, artist fees, per diem payments and artist welcome packs.
• Updating information on installation schedules including artist arrival/departure dates, media commitments and other significant information that impacts on the installation process.
• Updating of exhibition contacts list and artist invitation lists for openings.
• Coordinating photographic/video documentation of exhibition and commission projects.
• Assisting exhibition maintenance if and where appropriate.
• Closing off projects including mail-out of documentation slides and media clippings to the artist(s), and assisting in the completion of acquittal reports.
• Special projects include curatorial assistance on MCA collection exhibition Level 1 March 2023; MCA Collection floor rehang June 2023; Zoe Leonard July 2023; SIAS 2023 December 2023; ‘out of gallery spaces’ collection displays; and support on the development and implementation of commissioning projects for 2023 and 2024.
• Collection project tasks will include label coordination; publication support; financial administration; calendar support; meeting agendas and minutes; processing external enquiries and internal approvals for collection projects; compiling and consolidating collection research files; producing powerpoint documents for collection presentations.
Key selection criteria
Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have:
• relevant tertiary qualifications in fine or visual arts and/or Museum Studies or relevant experience
• previous experience and a thorough understanding of all stages of art exhibitions and/or non-museum art projects, preferably contemporary visual art and culture
• excellent time-management skills and demonstrated ability to manage projects effectively under pressure
• excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• previous experience editing and proof reading with strong attention to detail
• advanced skills in Microsoft using word, excel, power-point and database management systems
• the ability to juggle a number of projects while managing tight deadlines
• proven research skills
• demonstrated experience regarding print production procedures and catalogue production
• a demonstrated commitment to the Museum’s objective of promoting the work of living artists and making contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through the imaginative and creative presentation of exhibitions on contemporary visual culture.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
Please note that it is currently a requirement as per the MCA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, that all employees are fully vaccinated. You will need to provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination if you are successful. Please note that full vaccination as per the current NSW Government guidelines means two doses of COVID-19 vaccine for adults, and any future approved vaccination boosters. The MCA continues to review this Policy on a regular basis and may change the vaccination mandate requirements in the future.
Shortlisting for interviews will be based on applicants meeting the essential criteria listed in the position description.
Please share with us the following documents as part of your application:
• cover letter responding to the selection criteria
• contact details of two referees.
Please email the application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday 11 July 2022, by 9am.
The MCA encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, and people from diverse cultures. The MCA acknowledges the enormous contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, staff, educators, arts professionals, and guests have made to the fabric of the museum since its inception. Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practice has long been central to MCA collection and exhibition programs.
Working for the MCA
The MCA is committed to equal opportunity and diversity. The MCA promotes a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, and where individuals are treated with fairness, equality, and dignity. Find out more about the MCA.
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