Senior Curator, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Job details

New Plymouth District Council
12 Dec 2012
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Visual Arts


The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is located in New Plymouth and since 1970 has offered audiences energised and memorable encounters with the art and ideas of its time.

The Govett-Brewster is at a pivotal moment in its 42-year history, given its major development project, the Len Lye Centre, will begin construction in early 2013 with the opening planned for early 2015. The Govett-Brewster and Len Lye Centre will operate as a combined facility and will offer a unique and innovative contribution to New Zealand’s cultural landscape.

The Senior Curator is a newly created position working closely with the Director. The successful candidate will bring a strong curatorial vision and an active engagement with current ideas and practices in art and contemporary culture internationally.

The position includes strategic and senior management responsibility within the organisation and delivery of the artistic programme, artistic liaison and the development and commissioning of significant publications. The Senior Curator will be directly responsible for initiating curatorial projects and delivering exhibitions of excellence; a strong, original, insightful and responsive curatorial vision is sought. You will be working openly and collaboratively with a team of dedicated and passionate museum professionals across the museum. You will be responsible for enhancing productive relationships with artists, arts organisations, key stakeholders, and colleagues across New Zealand and internationally. You will be reporting to the Director, and will be part of the Leadership Team.

This position requires you to articulate the ideas and issues that inform contemporary art practice. Your contribution will be significant to the development of Govett-Brewster’s audience engagement programmes, offering guidance and building on successes.

Key skills

The team you will be managing is the Curatorial Team that currently encompasses the Len Lye Curator, the Assistant Curator, and guest curators.

How to apply

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Applications close 12 December 2012.

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