Overview of the Curatorial & Digital division
The Curatorial and Digital Division is one of four divisions at MCA. The purpose of the Curatorial and Digital Division is to initiate, develop and deliver the presentation and care of artworks and the ideas they generate, respecting the centrality of artists and art in those processes.
Members of the Curatorial and Digital Division collaborate to conceive, research and deliver all of MCA’s exhibitions, offsite projects, commissions, displays and digital programs, as well as caring for, maintaining and developing the Collection that sits at the heart of MCA’s offer. Within Curatorial and Digital, there are three clusters: Collection and Exhibitions Management, Curatorial and Digital.
Overview of the position
Reporting to the MCA Director, the Director, Curatorial and Digital, is one of a team of four divisional directors supporting the leadership of MCA and the shaping of its future. This role leads in the delivery of MCA’s art content and digital programs, supporting the MCA Director in providing the intellectual and creative leadership of the museum.
The incumbent will develop a content and programs strategy and coordinate its implementation, including delivering program services and nurturing and leading the key relationships with artists, dealers and other museums and galleries that will underpin its success. They will hold the overview of the exhibitions program, offsite projects, commissions, collection development initiatives and displays. The incumbent will champion research and documentation and improve the processes surrounding the long-term preservation of these precious intellectual assets. They will oversee the digital strategy, ensuring that MCA is telling deeper, richer, stories and building more engaging relationships with artists and audiences.
The Director, Curatorial and Digital is responsible for the collection and exhibition management and the curatorial and digital program budgets and for the leadership of a team of five direct reports: Chief Curator; Senior Curator, 3West; Head of Digital; Head of Collection & Exhibition Management, and Administrative Assistant, Curatorial & Digital.
The person we are looking for is an experienced curator who is interested in developing their career in a role whose principal focus will be on strategic planning, leadership, coordination and management. We want an individual with the vision and energy to help shape some new directions for MCA; equally, we want someone with the management capability to inspire and motivate a committed and passionate team.
As such, they should demonstrate curatorial flair as well as experience in developing complex, multi-faceted program strategies and being able to schedule and coordinate the delivery of them. Ideally, the candidate will also be able to demonstrate a strong interest in innovation in art programs, and experience of reaching audiences through digital platforms. They will be an outstanding communicator, able to write well and inspire stakeholders and partners. The candidate will have a strong reputation for scholarship, as well as an interest in the systems and processes that will underpin the security of MCA’s intellectual assets in the long-term. Finally, they will be an experienced manager of people, processes and budgets, ready to play an active part in a new leadership team within the MCA.
- tertiary qualifications in art history and extensive knowledge of international and Australian contemporary art and recent developments in the arts and visual culture
demonstrable experience of developing art programs and coordinating their delivery
senior level experience of curating programs and working with living artists
senior level experience of Collection development and documentation
experience in professional museum practice around exhibition making, Collection development and art interpretation
experience in digital program initiatives
experience of developing and managing governance structures around innovative program making and Collection development
minimum of 5-7 years’ solid management experience and demonstrable capacity in effectively managing people, processes and budgets
project management and the ability to manage multiple projects and stakeholders within tight deadlines
ability to build and maintain relationships and effectively advocate on behalf of the museum: demonstrable capacity to inspire and motivate artists, partners, stakeholders, donors, sponsors and prospects
outstanding written and verbal communication skills and an ability to write compelling proposals and interpretative material that connects art with audiences, as well as represent the MCA in public forums
strong reputation for scholarship.
- strong interest in innovation in art programs
experience of developing and delivering art programs through digital platforms
experience of developing the knowledge management structures, systems and processes that safeguard the long-term security of intellectual assets
demonstrable experience of change management.