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Curator

Employer
FLINDERS UNIVERSITY
Location
Adelaide, Australia
Salary
$94,206 - $104,282
Closing date
11 May 2024

Position Details

  • Continuing | Full-Time
  • Higher Education Officer Level 7 ($94,206 - $104,282)
  • Location: Bedford Park / Kaurna Country
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About Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA) 

Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA) is custodian to one of the largest public art collections in South Australia. Spanning the 15th to 21st centuries it comprises some 8000 Australian and International works.   

Located at the University’s main campus at Bedford Park, 12 kilometres south of Adelaide’s central business district, the Museum was formally established in 1978 to house and manage an expanding art collection first initiated for education purposes in 1966.  

Today, FUMA serves its immediate and wider community as an academic resource and dynamic site of cultural and intellectual exchange. Our programs stimulate critical and creative engagements with art, knowledge, and processes of making with the aim of enriching experiences and understandings of the world.  

About the Role

As a crucial member of our small and dynamic team, the Curator plays a central role in FUMA's artistic programs, engagement strategies, and the documentation, development, and care of our museum's permanent collections, which include a significant holding of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

In the role of Curator, you will be responsible for researching, evaluating, and recommending acquisitions, as well as curating scholarly exhibitions for presentation in the FUMA Gallery, satellite spaces across campus, and touring venues. Your duties will extend to conducting research on artworks, artists, and art historical topics, contributing to exhibition catalogues, academic forums, and public programs, while employing innovative interpretation strategies to engage and expand our audience.

Your role will also be pivotal in driving FUMA's museum-based teaching and learning programs, fostering relationships with academic staff, and facilitating student access to the collections. Additionally, you will provide functional and line management supervision to our Collections and Exhibitions Assistant, as well as oversee interns and volunteers involved in collection activities.

About You

You will be an accomplished curator with a strategic and innovative mindset, well-versed in developing and delivering intellectually rigorous exhibitions, managing collections, and engaging with the public. Your strong communication skills, both written and verbal, coupled with your adept research abilities and comprehensive understanding of contemporary curatorial practice, will be essential. Demonstrating initiative and skilfully prioritizing competing demands will be second nature to you, all while maintaining a keen attention to detail in every aspect of your work.

To be successful in this position, you will also demonstrate:

  • Completion of a degree in Art History, Museum Studies or a related field.
  • Broad knowledge of relevant industry standards, policies, practices, protocols, compliance, and risk factors.
  • Broad knowledge of art methods and materials, ability to assess the condition of artworks and collection needs.

Life at Flinders

We're transforming and investing in people and facilities to create contemporary, stimulating, and satisfying learning and work environments that reflect our core values of excellence, innovation, courage, and integrity. Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world.

Reaching beyond the limits of buildings, borders, and backgrounds, ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders?

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Wide range of professional development activities and services
  • We embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff
  • Vibrant campus life and amenities including on campus health care servicesgym and childcare centre (Bedford Park, South Australia).

Our Commitment to Reconciliation and Indigenous Employment

Flinders University is proud to be an organisation that is committed to our Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Workforce Strategy. Our vision is to be a preferred employer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  We are committed to progressing Indigenous advancement in education, research, employment, and wellbeing, and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all Flinders vacancies.

Prescribed Conditions for Employment

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.
  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

How to Apply and Information

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Certification

Applications to be submitted before 10:00 pm:

11 May 2024

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Flinders. Fearless.

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