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Gallery Assistant

Job details

SCAPE Public Art
22 Oct 2021
Work type
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Visual Arts


SCAPE Public Art installs public art in Ōtautahi Christchurch all year round. Over the past 23 years we have become the largest producer of new contemporary public artwork in Aotearoa New Zealand. These artworks provide a unique point of difference for the city. Ambitious and high impact, they enhance the urban centre and raise the profile for public art in Ōtautahi Christchurch. This November we have collaborated with Tent, New Zealand’s newest art event – a long weekend of pop-up exhibitions and art events all around the country. 

SCAPE Public Art will be showing Heather Straka's photographic series, Isolation Hotel, Age of Discovery exhibition.  We are looking for a Gallery Assistant (short term contract), to be the primary interface and interpretation for SCAPE Public Art and Tent’s pop-up exhibition at Hotel Montreal for artworks to visitors, manage sales of artworks and the efficient function and management of the pop-up gallery.  The role will be based at 363 Montreal Street for the following hours this November:

  • 3 – 8pm, Thursday 4th,  training & preview
  • 10am – 5pm, Friday 5th -  Saturday 6th, 
  • 10am – 4pm, Sunday 7th

1​. Key Accountabilities

  • Be the key port of contact for guests & visitors to the exhibition
  • Provide inspirational knowledge the exhibition and artist Heather Straka
  • Provide professional and informed key messages, knowledge and purpose of the relationship between SCAPE Public Art, TENT and Hotel Montreal
  • Assist with artist talk and opening
  • Promote and participate in the sale of the photographic artwork editions
  • Manage the pop-up exhibition, during the allocated opening hours
  • Perform sales administration functions such as cash handling, transactions, answering phones
  • Record and confirm attendance numbers at evening events and opening weekends
  • Maintain and build working relationships both internally and externally at all levels
  • Problem-solve event changes, which may occur from time to time
  • Administration – process sales, manage stock, packaging and delivery of artworks
  • Health & Safety compliance – adhere to the Health & Safety Systems and Procedures of the organisation and any other external party as required
  • Implement systems and processes to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Gallery Assistant’s role
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Post exhibition sales/gallery assistant de-briefing and reporting

2. Qualifications, Experience and Skills sought:

  • Proven sales experience – preferably working in the cultural, art, or heritage sectors; hospitality; tourism; or other customer service environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to delivering a high standard of customer service
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully as part of a team environment, and to interact with a diverse range of people
  • Good level of verbal communication skills demonstrated by the ability to listen, question and give relevant, accurate information
  • Computer literacy – be confident using MS Word, the internet, and online payment and booking systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of SCAPE Public Art
  • Relevant art qualification, BA or BFA (Essential)

3. Technical Skills

  • Highly computer literate - Microsoft Office suite (Essential), ability to manage sales sheets and budgets
  • Numerate with ability to work within budgets and artwork commissions
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (Essential)
  • Strong relationship management skills (Essential)
  • Ability to plan and co-ordinate workload, delegating effectively (Essential)


How to apply

To apply for the role, please send your C.V. with a covering
letter to Laura Forbes,

Written by

SCAPE Public Art

13 Oct 2021

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