Assistant Curator Modern and Contemporary Māori Art

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

This is a rare opportunity to join Te Papa's art curatorial team for a one year fixed term position to develop your curatorial skills in a supportive and progressive environment

You will work closely with others in the organisation to:

  • Contribute to the research, development and delivery of upcoming exhibition projects
  • Contribute to collection development and planning for the Modern and Contemporary Māori and Indigenous Art portfolio.
  • Conduct research and identify and recommend acquisitions of museum objects; develop acquisition proposals and acquire items for Te papa's collections according to the approved proposals and in accordance with Te Papa policies.
  • Support art commissioning and exhibition lending by liaising nationally and internationally with artists, museums, galleries, cultural organisations, and private collectors.

This is a busy and exciting time for the Te Papa Art Team as they as they build a long term programme of exhibitions and publications. 

The ideal person for this position will have:

  • A tertiary qualification (preferably post-graduate) in an art history, fine arts, curatorial studies and/or museum studies, or equivalent
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills and attention to detail
  • Some experience working on exhibitions and/or writing about modern and contemporary Māori art in a gallery environment.
  • Passionate about art and working with artists
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop a rapport with a wide range of people
  • Ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively as a member of the team
  • Awareness of and sensitivity towards tikanga Māori, particularly as it relates to taonga
  • Sensitivity to other cultures and operating within a bicultural and interdisciplinary environment
  • Commitment to cross-cultural dialogues
  • Ability to work effectively with iwi, academic and cultural organisations
  • Competent Windows and MS Office skills
  • Ability to plan and meet deadlines and report accurately on activities

Applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.

For the job description and to apply, visit the Te Papa website.

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