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CURATOR OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill the above mentioned post which has arisen in the major Art Institution in Zimbabwe. The incumbent will be reporting to the Executive Director. 

Job Description | Curator of Contemporary Art

The position of Curator is a full-time job, as a member of the senior staff and, with the Executive Director and Curatorial team, provides artistic direction and coordination to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s programs. It requires enthusiasm and a passion for art in Zimbabwe. The NGZ Curator is responsible for the oversight of designated travelling exhibitions and for the conception, execution, quality, and scholarship of a number of internally generated exhibitions and their accompanying catalogues. NGZ Curator is expected to be an active and visible member of the National, International, and Regional art community, and to participate in the overall institutional advancement of the Gallery.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

The Curator is responsible for:

Exhibitions

  • Plays a significant role in the formulation of the overall direction of the Gallery’s artistic efforts and long-range exhibition schedule.
  • Prepares exhibition proposals 1-2 years in advance of exhibition dates for review and approval by the Director.
  • Originates three to four exhibitions of varying content each year with an accompanying scholarly catalogue.
  • Works to secure touring venues for exhibitions and oversees their implementation. Co-ordinates with the Curator of Education and Public Programs to plan exhibitions.
  • Works with the Conservation and Collections Manager, ensures that the highest level of professional care is given to works of art entrusted to the Gallery.
  • Works with the Executive Director and Exhibitions Office to track exhibition budgets and expenditures.
  • Fosters and actively participates in dialogue with colleagues, sharing professional opinions, and advancing ideas and knowledge related to contemporary art within and without the Gallery.
  • Maintains a visible role in the community including the maintenance of relationships with artists, galleries, collectors, donors, and members of the general public.

Public Information and Electronic Media

  • Contributes to Gallery publications and communication efforts as requested.
  • Provides information regarding exhibitions and programs for website and social media content.
  • Collaborates with Communications and Marketing Department to prepare exhibition-related materials for public relations and marketing efforts.
  • Contributes to the development of communications and marketing strategies and materials to serve audiences and to enhance the Gallery’s image, identity, public and community outreach and donor prospects.

Development, Donor Relations, and Institutional Advancement

  • Under the supervision of the Executive Director, takes an active role in the identification of possible funding sources, and in grant preparation and reporting.

External Relations

  • Represents the Gallery to the public at large.
  • Attends exhibition previews and related events around Zimbabwe and internationally if possible.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Curatorship, Museum Studies, Fine Arts, or Art History.
  • A Master’s degree in the above studies will be an added advantage.

Technical Skills and Prior Experience

  • 5 years minimum prior experience in the curatorial and contemporary arts sector. Experience working in a government setting will be an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of Zimbabwe and African contemporary art.
  • Good oral and written communication skills; self- motivation; initiative and ability to work as a team. Excellent problem solving, analytical, IT and numerical abilities.
  • A highly target driven self-starter and have proven leadership capacity and experience.
  • Interested candidates must submit their applications with a covering letter enclosing a detailed Curriculum Vitae and certified copies of qualifications, clearly marked.

Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process.

 

Prior Experience:

5 years minimum

Location:

Harare, Zimbabwe

Job Title:

A Bachelor’s degree in Curatorship, Museum Studies, Fine Arts, or Art History.

Education:

A Bachelor’s degree in Curatorship, Museum Studies, Fine Arts, or Art History.

Compensation:

Not Specified

Closing date for applications is 30 November 2021.

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