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Gallery Director

Job details

Blue Oyster Arts Trust
24 Oct 2016
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Visual Arts


Through proposals, curatorial research and their own vision and experience, the director will develop and present the Blue Oyster’s annual programme of 12 exhibitions, 2 workshops, 2 online publications, 10 events and 1 Annual publication.
The Director is responsible for building and maintaining artist relationships, employing a Gallery Administrator/Manager, managing casual volunteers and working with the Blue Oyster voluntary board of Trustees to ensure the progressive management of Aotearoa’s and perhaps the world’s Southern-most contemporary art project space.
Other core tasks include overseeing all gallery operations including: technical exhibition installation, Creative New Zealand Kahikatea funding applications and quarterly reporting, financial management through Xero, maintaining the Blue Oyster Supporters Network, non-profit procedures, health & safety and risk management, audience surveying, fundraising, archiving, marketing, writing, editing, board reporting, payroll, stakeholder relationship management (local and national) and visitor engagement.
This position is an excellent opportunity for an emerging curator or early career arts professional to develop a wide range of skills and contribute to an ambitious organisation in its 18th year and active within the national arts community.
We would like to hear from you if you are interested in:

  • Leadership, decision-making, creativity and innovation
  • Profile and relationship building
  • An interest and experience in budgeting and bookkeeping
  • An interest and experience in funding applications and reporting

 And have qualifications and experience in:

  • Tertiary qualification in the arts/fine arts (post-graduate preferred)
  • Proven experience with arts administration, events management, artistic programming
  • Volunteer or paid work history with arts organisations (museum/gallery/artist-run space)
  • Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Basic skills and experience in practical gallery installation techniques
  • Writing and editing promotional texts, exhibition texts and long form criticism


How to apply


  • Download a full job description here.
  • Download a copy of the Blue Oyster 2016-19 Strategic Plan here.
  • To request a copy of the 2015 Annual Report email admin@blueoyster.org.nz
  • Send your CV with two references, a covering letter and a writing sample (can be previously published, approx 750–1000 words) to admin@blueoyster.org.nz 

Closing date: Monday 24 October 2016

  • Start Date: Monday 9 January 2017
  • Training with current director until: 31 January 2017

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Blue Oyster Art Project Space

3 Oct 2016

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