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Assistant Curator, Indigenous Art

HOTA, Home of the Arts is a growing and ambitious arts precinct on the sun-filled Gold Coast with over 680,000 visitors every year.

Our work is carried out in line with our HOTA Values of Art, Citizenship, Curiosity, Integrity and Generosity.

At HOTA

  • We are creative thinkers and collaborators who are inspired by change and working in a diverse precinct environment.
  • We are passionate about art and driven by the opportunity to educate, raise awareness and tell stories.
  • We are dynamic caring and curious with a commitment to excellence, experience and innovation.
  • We display strong interpersonal and communication skills to engage and build communities.

The Position

As Assistant Curator, Indigenous Art at HOTA Gallery, you will be involved in the development and delivery of meaningful exhibitions and projects that present the works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. 

The position is part-time (23 hours per week). 

Working with the Gallery’s permanent collection of just over 500 works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, works on loan by leading national artists, and commissioning new works, you will contribute to the ongoing exhibition program at the Gallery to ensure the continued representation of Indigenous voices.

Reporting to the Head of Curatorial and Programs, you will also work closely with colleagues across HOTA precinct, to deliver great visual arts experiences and grow new audiences. Above all you will be a champion of arts and culture on the Gold Coast and embrace the growing ambition of HOTA, supporting the delivery of the strategic objectives.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure that First Nations voices, principles and perspectives are embedded throughout HOTA’s exhibition programs with the guidance of our Indigenous Elders Advisory Group. 
  • Be a proactive member of the curatorial team and assist in the development and implementation of innovative and engaging displays in HOTA Gallery’s exhibition and collection galleries.
  • Identify and collaborate with local artists to develop new work and commissions to ensure alignment to the exhibition or precinct program.
  • In line with HOTA’s collection management plan, contribute to the development of the permanent collection through the identification and advice of appropriate purchases, gifts and donations to the institution including those under the Cultural Gifts Program.
  • Prepare high level researched and original written material on both the collection and exhibitions for acquisition proposals, didactic panels, exhibition labels, and other associated HOTA collateral.
  • Develop and provide content to the Visitor Services and Ambassador teams to assist them in sharing accurate, relevant and engaging information with our audiences.
  • Effectively communicate and build strong, sustainable relationships with a variety of stakeholders including internally with HOTA marketing, Programming, and Gallery teams, and externally with artists, donors, lenders, contractors, and other galleries.
  • Collaborate with HOTA Education, and Programming teams to develop public programs, deliver guided tours and presentations, and act as the HOTA representative at external events, including judging panels, committees and industry related forums.
  • Participate in the development and delivery of Integrated Programming across the HOTA Precinct, bringing visual arts to the outdoors and advising on the integration of visual art content into whole of precinct programming.

Qualifications and Experience

HOTA Gallery requires an Assistant Curator with experience in the Australian arts sector and working knowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art as relevant to the position; with demonstrated ability or potential to develop in the following areas:

  • Strong interpersonal, negotiating and communication skills to engage stakeholders and colleagues and meet project timelines and daily operational requirements.
  • Creative thinking and collaboration inspired by change and working in a diverse precinct environment.
  • Passionate about art and driven by the opportunity to educate, raise awareness and tell stories.
  • Be dynamic, caring, and curious with a commitment to excellence, experience, and innovation.

Qualifications

  • Tertiary qualification in Visual Art, Education and/or Museum Studies or relevant experience is essential.
  • Demonstrated experience in scholarly writing for publication, as well as corporate documents (please provide a 300-word writing example).
  • Knowledge of collection development and management practices, including cataloguing and experience using a Collections Management System.
  • This is an identified Indigenous role. Only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island candidates are eligible to apply for this position.

Why join us?

Here at HOTA our staff enjoy a range of staff benefits including the following:

  • Competitive salaries.
  • Salary sacrifice superannuation.
  • Discounted movies and shows.
  • Discounted food and drinks.
  • A friendly, motivating and rewarding team environment, where achievements are recognised.
  • A highly supportive management team.
  • Ongoing training, support, supervision, and career advancement opportunities.

How to apply

Click “Apply Now” to submit your online application and please provide a 300-word writing example with your application.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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HOTA proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.

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