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Curator Māori Art

Job details

Auckland Council
26 Oct 2021
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Culture & Heritage, Pasifika, Toi Maori


  • Inspire, enhance, innovate, deliver
  • Share your passion for Māori art
  • Play a pivotal role at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Share your knowledge of Māori art with the community through exhibitions, publishing, and events at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is a cultural leader in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our purpose is to be a creative catalyst for art and ideas, offering transformational experiences that strengthen and enrich our communities. The Gallery's vision is to be the home of art for Auckland, its people and visitors to its internationally recognised award-winning building. Established in 1888, the Gallery holds a preeminent collection of New Zealand art and a significant collection of international art, and presents a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions, public engagement and outreach activities.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is looking to appoint a new Curator, Māori Art to further increase awareness, understanding and advocacy of Māori art. This role enables targeted research, collection and exhibition development, while fostering closer dialogue with iwi and Māori communities. It aims to increase access to Māori art and give greater visibility to Māori narratives in the Gallery’s collection and their context in Aotearoa New Zealand.

He kōrero mōu: About you

As an experienced curator, you have a track record of developing innovative exhibitions of Māori art and working closely with Māori artists. You have a high level of cultural competence in engaging within Māori communities and are committed to increasing public access to and knowledge about Māori art.

You will have:

  • A post graduate qualification in Art History, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, Māori Studies or related discipline, preferably at Master’s level
  • Minimum of 5 years of recent curatorial experience, preferably in art museum context
  • An understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and biculturalism as they relate to the Gallery and its programmes
  • Extensive knowledge of Māori art and demonstrated experience working with Māori artists
  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills with a record of publishing on Māori art
  • Advanced cultural competency in engaging within Māori communities, including an understanding and demonstration of leading with community respect
  • Familiarity with a collection database (preferably Vernon)

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

If you have a keen interest in and knowledge of Māori art and are looking for an opportunity to work with professional colleagues at a challenging and exciting period of the Gallery's development, then look no further. This is an excellent opportunity for a curator building their career to gain experience at Aotearoa New Zealand's leading visual arts institution. This role comes with a permanent, full-time contract.

Depending on skills and experience, an appointment may be made at either Curator or Senior Curator level.

You will work standard business hours, though you will need to be available for weekend talks, evening events and projects as required, on a regular basis. 

How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a cover letter and a Curriculum Vitae and tell us why you’re interested in this opportunity.

For more information and a Position Description can be accessed by clicking here.

Applications close on Tuesday 26th October and interviews will likely be scheduled in the second or third week of November.

Auckland Unlimited, a CCO of Auckland Council, is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.

Written by

Neon Logic Agency

15 Oct 2021