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Project Curator/Stories in the Landscape 2022

Job details

The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum
10 Jun 2022
Work type
Fixed Term
Work classification
Visual Arts


Job Title:                                           Curator of “Stories in the Landscape 2022”

Location for exhibition:                   The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum

Your work location:                         Remote, though some site visits are required

Reporting To:                                    Board of Art-in-Nature Arboretum Trust

Direct Reports:                                 Subcommittee of Trust Board

Renumeration:                                  $10,000 (in stages)

Timespan for

project:                                               June to November 2022



Art-in-Nature Arboretum Trust

The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum is one of New Zealand's largest outdoor galleries.  Its 2km trail winds amongst a landscape of ponds, cliffs, rocks and thousands of trees.  The park has been created from a former derelict quarry.  Threaded through the park are more than 100 sculptures and installations.  Sculpture exhibitions have been held at the park regularly over the past 15 years.  “Stories in the Landscape 2022” will be its 25th exhibition.

The Trust runs the park, providing environmental and creative inspiration for all ages.  It attracts a diverse range of visitors throughout the year and is open every day.

Last year’s exhibition, ‘Stories in the Landscape 2021’ was constrained by numerous lockdowns.  Many artists intending to take part in the exhibition, were not able to do so because of lockdowns and other barriers.


The Curator of this exhibition:

  • starts by ensuring that artists around New Zealand are aware of the call for proposals for ‘Stories in the Landscape 2022’ and encourages artists to take part—from June 2022
  • gets to know the park and visits it, as necessary, to complete the project
  • keeps the Trust board informed of progress at regular monthly intervals
  • promotes the park’s profile amongst artists, sponsors and the general public
  • compiles and selects a collection of 30+ sculptures and installations for the exhibition by October 2022
  • creates a kaupapa for the exhibition which explains their choice of sculptures and their integration into the landscape at the opening, in press releases and media enquiries
  • liaises with park staff/volunteers to choose the best locations for each sculpture within the park to be integrated into the existing collection,
  • coordinates the arrival and placement of the exhibition sculptures in conjunction with staff and volunteers

Functional Relationships:


Trust Board Members

Staff, Installers & other personnel




Emerging and established artists


Media/PR/publicity providers

Sculpture purchasers

Educational institutions

Art galleries

Local community groups/NGO

Key Performance Indicators

  • Exhibition(s) curated on a par with other established exhibitions throughout the country and received favourably by art buyers, media and general public
  • Selection and placement of what would normally be a minimum of 30 sculptures and installations new to the Sculpture Park
  • Publicity/media promotion of exhibition(s) creates maximum impact
  • Promotion of artists’ networks effectively coordinated
  • Satisfies Trust Board of progress at agreed intervals

Person Specifications

  • Tertiary qualification in the arts field
  • Excellent drive and contacts in the art field, with strong knowledge of art in Aotearoa
  • Excellent standard of English, written and spoken
  • Excellent physical health to take into account the terrain of the Park
  • Ability to work with and relate well to a wide range of people from various backgrounds and cultures
  • Capacity to show initiative, use good judgement, work independently and with others
  • Ability to work to deadlines and maintain performance under pressure
  • Flexibility with work tasks
  • Driver’s licence
  • Full vaccination


How to apply

Please email your covering letter and send your  resume to the Art-in-Nature Arboretum Trust  email address: by Friday, 10th June.

Written by

The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum

26 May 2022