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EyeContact Artists Alliance Writing Intern

Artists Alliance

Job details

16 May 2014
Work type
Part time employment, Internships
Work classification
Literature & Publishing



The Artists Alliance Internship Programme 2014 is now calling for applications from recent graduates for a fixed term, paid internship with EyeContact. The aim of the programme is to provide a valuable opportunity for graduates to obtain significant work experience in the art industry. The programme has been made possible with generous funding from the ASB Community Trust.

EyeContact is Aotearoa New Zealand’s primary platform for contemporary art debate. An online forum for exhibition and catalogue reviews, accompanied by threads of interacting commentary. Founded as a blog in 2007 by John Hurrell, EyeContact developed into a website in 2010 through a partnership with Christopher Taylor. Highly successful as a national catalyst for art discussion, it now attracts up to 700 visitors daily. EyeContact receives financial assistance from Creative New Zealand and earns income from advertising on the site.


• For the purposes of this internship programme those eligible to apply will need to have graduated within the past five years (from 2009 onwards) with a New Zealand tertiary arts qualification. The applicant must be based in Auckland for duration of the internship

Reporting and Location

Reporting to the editor, John Hurrell, but based at the Artists Alliance office in Ponsonby, or visiting galleries or museums.

Tasks / Key Responsibilities Tasks will include but not be limited to:

• writing reviews of exhibitions
• loading up reviews into a CMS
• proofreading
• transferring archival material from earlier blog
• maintaining user data quality
• discussing strategies for improving the site and readership numbers with the editor
• promoting EyeContact on social media

We are looking for an ambitious young writer keen to make a name for her / himself by publishing through EyeContact a series of opinionated, observant and erudite reviews examining art activity in the Auckland region. They also need to be engaging, and able to mix with many different art communities around the city. Advanced writing and computer operating skills, and the ability to take good photographs, will also be essential. Attention to detail is important.

Timeframe & Remuneration

The internship will consist of a fixed term contract for (approximately) 15 hours per week for a 24 week period ideally beginning in early June (by negotiation). Remuneration will be $16 per hour.

How to Apply

Please send your CV including two referees, a relevant sample of your writing, and a covering letter explaining why you think you would be suitable for the above position to:

Maggie Gresson
Artists Alliance
1 Ponsonby Road Newton, Auckland 1011
Or email: maggie@artistsalliance.org.nz

Deadline for Applications

Applications must be completed in full and returned to the Artists Alliance office (details above) no later than 4pm May 16. Interviews will take place in the week beginning May 26.

What is Artists Alliance? Artists Alliance is the trusted source of information for the visual arts community. Established in 1991, Artists Alliance has represented and advanced the professional interests of the visual artists of Aotearoa/New Zealand for over 20 years. We provide resources, career advice, networks and advocacy for the visual arts sector. To learn more go to the website: www.artistsalliance.org.nz This programme is generously supported by the ASB Community Trust.

Key skills

Excellent writing skills, engaging, able to mix with different art communities, advanced computed skills, ability to take good photos, attention to detail.

How to apply

Maggie Gresson
Artists Alliance
1 Ponsonby Road Newton, Auckland 1011

Written by

Artists Alliance

1 May 2014

Interests Artists Alliance is the trusted source of information for the visual arts community. We exist because without artists, there is no art.