Head of Art 

Webb’s is New Zealand’s premier multi-department auction house. Our team of specialists offer industry leading service and expertise in Fine Art, Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia, Decorative Arts, Jewels, Watches & Luxury Accessories, Fine & Rare Wines and Whiskies and Asian Art.

We are committed to promoting outstanding collectibles and achieving excellent results at auction.

Established in 1976, Webb’s has a long and rich history. Founder Peter Webb was a pioneering entrepreneur, establishing and defining markets in art, antiques and collectibles. This powerful legacy motivates us to be the best, most innovative, and most trusted auction house in Aotearoa today.

Our team are dedicated, passionate, and fully committed to achieving outstanding results across the business. Raising the bar at every step is our modus operandi.

This approach continues to bring success and growth. An opportunity has arisen for an excellent candidate to join us in the capacity of Head of Art within our Art team. 

What are we looking for?

We are seeking a highly organized individual with a passion for New Zealand art who thrives in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. The successful candidate will have excellent attention to detail, an expert knowledge of New Zealand art, a proven ability to build and nurture commercial relationships, experience managing a team and a strong drive to generate revenue for the business.

The role’s responsibilities include sourcing high-quality artworks for sale at auction, appraising and valuing artworks, selling artworks, representing the company at industry events, writing proposals and catalogue texts, overseeing the production of company publications, and managing the departments team and day-to day operations. Reporting to, and working closely with the Director of Art, the successful candidate will have oversight of all intermediate tier and online art sales. They will also make a significant contribution to the success of the company’s flagship sales.

This is a rare opportunity to assume a leadership role within a renowned New Zealand company. If you are passionate about making a positive impact on our nation’s art market and cultural sector, and meet the essential criteria mentioned above, we want to receive your application.

Essential Criteria

  • Sales experience and commercial acumen
  • Management experience
  • Art industry experience (minimum of 5 years)
  • A tertiary qualification in fine art and/or art history
  • Expert working knowledge of New Zealand Art
  • A high standard of written competency
  • Exceptional computer literacy
  • Excellent personal presentation

Due to the nature of our business, this role may require some weekend work therefore flexibility is required.

You must have Legal right to work and live in NZ.

Please send a covering letter and your CV to: Maree Judd, M Judd Consulting Ltd 

E: maree@mjuddconsulting.co.nz 

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