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Senior Arts Advisor - Projects (Fixed-term)

Job details

Wellington City Council
17 Oct 2021
Work type
Fixed Term
Work classification
Community & Access Arts


  • Enhance Wellington's national and international reputation as a creative leader
  • Provide best support for artists and art projects
  • Fixed-term role until June 2022

Kia mahi ngātahi mō Pōneke mō tōna āpōpō

Working together for Wellington's future

Wellington is a lively city with a thriving cultural life, talented people, cutting-edge businesses, and a busy centre of government. Arts, culture and creativity are important to Wellingtonians and give us a strong sense of identity, The Council has identified that arts and culture are a strategic priority for the development and promotion of Wellington as a creative city.

Council has adopted the Aho Tini 2030 - Arts, Culture and Creativity Strategy that is designed to further support the arts and the artists in the Capital. The strategy aims to build on our rich cultural traditions and identity of our capital city - it focuses on access and inclusion in the arts sector, higher visibility of Ngā Toi Māori, the success of the city's artists and arts organisations, and activating the city's places and spaces.

The Senior Arts Advisor is a key role in the Creative Capital business unit responsible for leading the development and delivery of key projects that align with the Aho Tini goals and priorities. You will also provide advisory support to organisations and individuals to encourage participation in arts and creative activity in the city as well as work across WCC, Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs), and with mana whenua to develop and deliver projects that will enhance Wellington's reputation as a creative leader.

You will contribute to artistic expression and development and the creative life of the city through arts advocacy, leadership and specialist advice to artists, organisations and the Council. You will be a key point of contact for public art activity in Wellington, work with Toi Pōneke Arts Centre to support the gallery's exhibition programme and be involved with the Council's City Art Collection.

If this interests you, you will need to have:

  • a background in visual arts and/or public art (five years minimum)
  • experience in planning, managing and evaluating arts projects
  • strong relationship management skills
  • a relevant tertiary qualification in the arts, museum or similar.

This is such a fantastic opportunity to work in a creative team to deliver and support a diverse range of quality arts activities that are easily accessed by residents and visitors to our fantastic city. You will be part of an awesome team that provides and supports a range of exciting art projects to develop and strengthen Wellington's art sector and reputation as the cultural capital of New Zealand.

All applications for this role must be submitted online and will be treated in strict confidence. If you would like more information or have a confidential chat before applying, you are welcome to contact Lisa, Acting Manager City Arts at

Applications will close Sunday, 17 October 2021.

How to apply

All applications for this role must be submitted online and will be treated in strict confidence.

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