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Assistant Curator

Job details

25 Nov 2015
Work type
Part time employment
Work classification
Visual Arts, Management & Admin, Literature & Publishing


Position: Assistant Curator

Reports to: Director
Key relationships: Programme Manager, Engagement Manager, Technician, Contractors
Hours: 0.6FTE (3 days per week)

Objectspace is a public gallery dedicated to positioning making in the fields of craft, applied arts and design, within a range of cultural, economic and social frameworks, in order to provoke new assessments about works and practices.

Through our programme of curated exhibitions, events, publications and partnerships we aim to create new opportunities for outstanding practitioners, and stimulate and develop a culture of critical discourse. As a leadership organisation we have a mandate to enhance the national and international profile of activity in the fields of craft, applied art and design. We provide professional development opportunities to makers, writers and curators with the aim of growing engagement with the sector as well as promoting connections between makers, writers, collectors and supporters.

Objectspace is undergoing a period of growth and change, 2016 will see the organisation significantly increase its role within the sector. We will be launching a new suite of projects and services which expands on the work that we do in the presentation of exhibitions, public programming, digital content, publications, and professional development.

As part of this development we are recruiting for the permanent part-time position of Assistant Curator to join our growing team. The position is currently 0.6FTE. The Assistant Curator will work alongside the Objectspace

Key skills

Key focus areas

  • Exhibition curation and design
  • Critical writing for digital and hardcopy publications
  • Publication development
  • Planning and execution of exhibitions, events and other public programmes

Key attributes

  • A collaborative outlook
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work to deadlines effectively
  • Resourceful and effective at problem solving


  • A relevant undergraduate or postgraduate qualification

Key Skills

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Excellent research and critical writing capability
  • Significant knowledge of contemporary craft and design practices
  • Proven curatorial practice experience in the fields of craft and design or related fields
  • Experience in managing and delivering projects

Hours of work: Due to the nature of the organisation some flexibility with hours worked is required, occasional evening or weekend work is required. The management of the gallery on Saturday’s is shared among staff, it is expected that the Assistant Curator will work one Saturday in every 5 week period.

How to apply

Applications should be received no later than 5pm Wednesday 25 November 2015 to info@objectspace.org.nz and should comprise:

  • A letter outlining the applicants fit in relation to the Assistant Curator role
  • A copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae and contact details for two referees

Written by


30 Oct 2015

Objectspace is Aotearoa’s leading gallery dedicated to the fields of design, craft and architecture. It seeks to invigorate exhibition making, support critical engagement in these fields, and provide a wealth of opportunities to engage and expand knowledge of material cultures.