Exhibitions Manager

Whangārei Art Museum


The critical purpose of the Curatorial & Exhibitions department is the achievement of the goal of Whangārei Art Museum (WAM) to connect Northland with the world of art - showcasing local, national and international voices through powerful and provocative programming, providing WAM with an opportunity to rise to prominence as a major regional gallery, while recognising its obligation to promote the Collection. 

Reporting to the Chief Executive (CE) and working with the WAM Curator, the Exhibitions Manager manages all aspects of service provision essential to the delivery of exhibitions on time and budget at WAM and Wairau, ensuring high standards of excellence. 


  • Ensure all exhibitions are planned and delivered efficiently, to the highest possible curatorial standard, on time and within approved budget:
    • Play a key role in supporting the delivery of the departmental KPIs
    • Work alongside the Curator on arranging WAM collection and/or exhibition related crating, shipping, insurance, contracts, travel policies and artwork loan agreements.
    • Oversee the installation and de-installation of WAM exhibitions.
    • Support the WAM Curator to deliver exhibition-related public programmes.
    • Responsible for registrar duties.
    • Oversee the installation and de-installation of Wairau exhibitions.
  • As a manager:
    • Manage the Exhibitions Technician.
    • Manage the WAM Visitor Host team
    • Support the well-being of team members and the wider HAPT team.
    • Lead, motivate, train and support the team to achieve the organisation's goals and aspirations. Undertake regular performance appraisals and agree development plans. 
    • Ensure rostering of WAM Visitor Hosts always provides sufficient staff available. 
    • Provide support and oversight of any volunteers assigned to WAM galleries, including ensuring volunteers are warmly greeted, trained and given guidance on when to take breaks.
  • Manage exhibition schedules, planning, installation, de-installation and execution of the exhibition programme. 
  • Lead internal and external technicians to deliver the installation of exhibitions. Perform installation and de-install of exhibitions as required. 
  • Contribute towards the management of the assigned Exhibitions approved budget in collaboration with the WAM Curator (who has responsibility for that budget):
    • Build budgets and timelines for projects. Manage the execution of work undertaken by contractors and external services for exhibition projects. 
  • Maintain a collaborative environment with the WAM Curator to address modifications or concerns with exhibition display and fabrication. 
  • Prepare exhibition reports at the conclusion of each exhibition:
    • For WAM - with the WAM Curator
    • For Wairau - if required (at Wairau’s cost)
    • For Hundertwasser - if required.
  • Oversee handling, packing, movement, and inspection of all art objects entering or leaving the Hatea Art Precinct, including traveling exhibits, and confer with other personnel to develop and initiate the most practical methods of packing and shipping fragile or valuable objects. 
  • Oversee safety of colleagues and guests on or around work sites. 
  • Coordinate the insurance of works of art, either commercially or through the Hātea Art Precinct’s indemnity scheme, and compile and file insurance claims in the event of loss or damage of work. 
  • Oversee movement, packing, and shipping of objects to conform to insurance regulations. 
  • Maintain and update facility reports and standard registrarial documents. 
  • Provide monthly climate and RH reports to the Hundertwasser Foundation
  • Research loans to prepare loan documentation, administer loan requests and ensure loan conditions are fulfilled - and liaise with:
    • For WAM - with the WAM Curator
    • For Wairau - if required (at Wairau’s cost)
    • For Hundertwasser - with the Hundertwasser Non Profit Organisation 
  • Organise exhibition-related transport: updating shipping lists, obtaining estimates of costs, and monitoring customs documentation, liaising with shippers and the exhibition curator. 
  • Oversee the administration and transport arrangements for specific exhibitions on tour and act as courier for touring exhibitions when necessary. 
  • Provide support and oversight of any volunteers assigned to areas of responsibility, including ensuring volunteers are warmly greeted, trained and given guidance on when to take breaks.
  • Undertake the role in accordance with the principles of Te Tiriti (The Treaty of Waitangi)
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Fine Art, Museum Studies, or related field. Master’s degree preferred. 
  • At least three years of work experience in museum collections and/or registration required. 
  • Experience working on collaborative exhibition development and interdepartmental projects. 
  • Excellent knowledge of industry best standards and practices: preservation and conservation practices, risk assessment, and art-handling procedures. 
  • Evidence of management of small teams.
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Ability to develop strong, positive relationships with community partners. 
  • Ability to resourcefully solve problems and work flexibly and accurately under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Excellent project management skills. 
  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently and interdepartmentally. 
  • Computer skills including Word, Outlook, Excel, Past Perfect or other Collections Management systems, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

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