Assistant Curator - UQ Art Museum

University of Queensland
June 23, 2024
Offerd Salary:$77,396 - $86,029
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  • UQ Art Museum

  • Broaden your career within one of QLD's largest employers

  • Strong commitment and action toward a diverse and inclusive workforce

  • Belong to a vibrant community where your work genuinely makes an impact

  • Based at St Lucia Campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you will have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including part-time work, hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    An excellent opportunity is available for an Assistant Curator to join the UQ Art Museum. In this role you will provide rigorous curatorial, organisational, and research assistance to the Curators. This includes research, writing acquisition rationales and other texts, preparing and managing correspondence and other tasks associated with UQ Art Museum exhibitions, projects and events. The role is highly collaborative and works across the entire Art Museum team to streamline and organise the timely and successful delivery of our robust creative program.

    Key responsibilities will include:

  • Employ a wide variety of sources to conduct curatorial research related to the UQ Collection, exhibition program and other projects as required

  • Prepare and write acquisition rationales, didactic exhibition labels and other texts related to the UQ Collection and creative program.

  • Under supervision, prepare correspondence and other documents for internal and external stakeholders.

  • Prepare material for grant submissions and acquittals as required.

  • Liaise with artists, art dealers and other arts professionals on behalf of the Curators as directed.

  • Under the direction of the Curator, supervise interns and paid assistants.

  • Assist with the cataloguing and record keeping relating to works of art, and create reports using the University's collection database.

  • As required, work with the UQ Art Museum's curators, external curators and educational staff on the planning and implementation of exhibitions and educational outcomes.

  • Assist with, or lead tours of UQ Art Museum exhibitions and back of house, and respond to enquiries relating to the Alumni Friends of UQ Collection Study Room.

  • Provide administrative support to the Curators, Director and Education Manager, and undertake other duties as required.

  • This is a part-time 80% continuing position and will increase to full-time 100% from September 2024.

    At HEW level 5, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $77,396 - $86,029, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $90,553 - $100,654 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

    About You
  • Degree level qualification in Art History, Visual Studies, Curatorial Practice, Arts Management and/or Museum Studies; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of exhibition-making, art history and contemporary Australian art.

  • Demonstrated research and writing skills and the ability to write for a variety of audience demographics and platforms.

  • Demonstrated commitment and engagement with the arts ecology.

  • Knowledge of the use of computer applications in a network environment (particularly Microsoft Excel) in a large- to medium-sized organisation or the demonstrated ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people by telephone, email and in person.

  • Ability to project manage and prioritise own workload, work independently and as part of a team, and meet deadlines.

  • Desirable

  • Relevant work experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or training.

  • Demonstrated competence in writing text for art museums, such as rationales for the acquisition of works of art, didactic panels and expanded labels.

  • Demonstrated competence in collection management software.

  • Demonstrated experience in the safe handling and cataloguing of works of art.

  • Demonstrated experience in speaking to the public about art.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Peta Rake, Director, UQ Art Museum, at [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with a disability, or age. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Sunday, 23 June 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-39548).

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