Curator Art

Hocken Library

Who we are

The Hocken is one of New Zealand's foremost art museums and historical research libraries. We collect widely, to research level, in a range of formats relating to the histories, arts, cultures and natural environment of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific, and Antarctica. Our art collection is one of the largest in the country, containing documentary and historical works of art as well as contemporary New Zealand art.

Hocken supports the teaching and learning and research needs of academics and students from the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic as well as other academic, professional, and independent researchers who value the diverse nature and accessibility of our collections.

The role

The Art Curator is one of the key roles within the Hocken Library. Reporting to the Head Curator Pictorial Collections and as a member of the Pictorials team, the Art Curator will be actively engaged in the development and implementation of Hocken's operational plan and strategies to enhance management of collections and service.

The Art Curator is also responsible for:

  • Managing, developing, promoting, and preserving the Hocken Art Collection.
  • Increasing the accessibility of the collection through enhanced catalogue descriptions and digitisation programmes.
  • Developing and delivering object-based learning sessions for University classes, school, and community groups.
  • Responding to researcher enquiries in person and at a distance.
  • Contributing to the programme by curating exhibitions, managing associated publications, developing, delivering, marketing, and promoting exhibitions and public engagement programmes, and contributing to related projects.

Your skills and experience

  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications in library, information or heritage studies or equivalent level of knowledge and experience.
  • Proven and relevant knowledge of Art History, curatorial practice and visual art in a museum or gallery setting.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.

Further details

This is a full-time, permanent position. We are recruiting now with an anticipated start date in February 2021.

If you are someone who shares our passion for curating New Zealand's documentary and artistic heritage, we would warmly welcome your interest.

For confidential enquiries please contact Sharon Dell, the Hocken Librarian via the Otago University careers website.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this job.


Submit your application (including CV and cover letter) via the Otago University careers website. Applications must quote the reference number 2001703.

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