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Public Art Design and Project Manager

Job details

21 Apr 2021
Work type
Part time employment, Fixed Term
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Design


  • 1 Year Fixed Term Contract
  • 30 – 35 hours per week
  • Arts and Culture not-for-profit organisation

About the Organisation:

Going from strength to strength over the past 23 years, SCAPE Public Art have become the largest producer of new contemporary public artwork in New Zealand.  SCAPE’s creative, dynamic and supportive team has ensured that SCAPE Public Art has established a strong footing within the Ōtautahi Christchurch arts sector in collaboration with industry partners and stakeholders. SCAPE Public Art pride themselves on delivering an annual six week free public art exhibition programme of new temporary and legacy public artworks as well as offering free education programmes to schools and communities in Ōtautahi Christchurch.    Recruiting the right person for this role is important to the delivery of our SCAPE Season 2021 six week programme, 9 October – 20 November 2021.

About the role:

This role offers variety and not any one day is the same and your strong design management and technical project management expertise will add value to the organisation.  Utilising your talent working with the SCAPE Public Art Executive Director and Managing Curator, you will have the opportunity to scope projects and develop project briefs, plan the delivery of projects and manage the procurement process to engage artists/creatives and other expertise required to deliver the public artworks. You will have excellent communications skills to engage with local councils, artists, mana whenua and other significant stakeholders.  As part of this role, you will manage contract and relationship management with artists and/or fabricators as well as oversee the installation of artworks.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure all projects are appropriately scoped, planned and delivered on time and to budget.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with clients, artists, fabricators and professional consultants.
  • Prepare presentations, documentation and reports required for the curation and commission of public artworks for clients, local councils, artists, consultants etc.
  • Prepare documentation required for consent applications and ongoing maintenance.
  • Manage the procurement of building and resource consent compliances.
  • Conduct research on artists and available works, including condition of works, authenticity, value, installation, maintenance requirements, provenance, and content analysis.
  • Understand and actively uphold the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Prepare reports and project updates for information regarding active projects.
  • Make decisions in accordance with established SCAPE procedures and practices.
  • Manage ongoing maintenance needs of public artworks as required.
  • Prepare site studies and analysis for suitable public artwork locations.
  • Support with projects in pre-construction with design input to buildability issues.
  • Support Executive Director in preparing fee proposals and budgets.
  • Support funding applications where required with images, plans and copy on artists projects.
  • Support Managing Curator to provide signed off artists bios, images and copy for a range of didactics and promotional usages (internally & externally) by the SCAPE Team.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Qualification in Architecture, Art History, Construction or Project Management.
  • 5+ years experience working in architecture, construction, or equivalent role relevant in design, development and working drawings for the implementation and construction of a wide range of structures. Knowledge of construction methods, techniques and materials. Experience in engaging with artist and consultants. Knowledge in identifying art and artists that meet the SCAPE standards and guidelines. Knowledge of trends in art, architecture and design, involving artists and architects that engage in community-based collaborative processes.
  • Software skills utilising MS Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat and Creative Cloud, and CAD efficiently and effectively.
  • Work well in a team and have a collaborative approach.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, and in-depth experience in preparing presentations and writing reports.
  • Site Safe Certificate desirable.
  • Ability to travel nationwide.

This role offers the experience and fulfilment that comes with being part of a successful team with a common purpose, contributing back to the community together.  Remuneration/hourly rate will be discussed at interview and will be dependent on your skills and experience.



How to apply

To apply for this role, please send a cover letter and CV to Michelle Callingham email, cell 027 227 8305.  A detailed job description is available on request or can be downloaded from our website

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 21 April 2021.  The start date for this role is Monday 31 May 2021.

Please note that all applications are reviewed but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have any questions about your application, please feel free to call or email Michelle Callingham whose details are listed on the advertisement. 

Written by

SCAPE Public Art

6 Apr 2021

Interests SCAPE Public Art install large scale, free-to-view contemporary public art in Christchurch city.