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Curator: Contemporary Jewellery Triennial

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28 Feb 2020
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Visual Arts


The Contemporary Jewellery Triennial has been developed by Makers101 with Objectspace collaborating as the exhibition partner for the inaugural project which will be realised in 2021.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the research, development and delivery of a major exhibition that engages with current national ideas and practices in contemporary jewellery while appealing broadly to diverse audiences.

The opportunity is open to curators at different stages of career development. The candidate is required to demonstrate relevant experience in exhibition-making and writing, extensive knowledge in the field of contemporary jewellery, and has a strong curatorial vision to lead this project.

The Triennial will focus on practitioners from Aotearoa New Zealand, seeking to demonstrate the very best work occurring now.

The role is a contract part-time position and can be undertaken from anywhere in Aotearoa.




  • To effectively undertake extensive research developing a curatorial approach
  • To undertake studio visits with practitioners nationally  
  • To research best practice and historically relevant exhibition making nationally and internationally that will inform the direction of the project


  • Build strong and productive relationships with artists
  • Negotiate the commissioning of artist work
  • Support artists in the development of their work to achieve the very best outcomes
  • Effectively communicate outcomes and timeframes with artists


  • Undertake all writing associated with the exhibition project including, artist biography, curatorial statements, website and exhibition text
  • Undertake a key curatorial essay to accompany the exhibition


  • Develop and manage the overall timeframe for the project in collaboration with Makers 101 and Objectspace
  • Liaising where necessary with external contractors and stakeholders
  • To work effectively with the gallery and exhibition designers to achieve a strong and integrated outcome for the exhibition


  • Effectively report progress and development on deadline to Makers 101 and Objectspace
  • Complete a summary report on conclusion of the project



  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written:
  • Ability to relate to a wide range of people
  • Ability to communicate sensitively and in culturally appropriate ways
  • Proven ability to write, with evidence of strong adaption to different audiences
  • Effective relationship builder and a strong network nationally
  • High levels of tact, maintaining confidences as well as social and ethical standards
  • Ability to multi task and perform well under pressure
  • Strong attention to detailHas a strong affinity to the fields of visual & applied arts, design and architecture
  • Ability to work unsupervised

Proven experience in curation is required, and knowledge in the fields of craft and contemporary jewellery is advantageous. A relevant tertiary qualification in the arts or related fields is essential.

This is a contract part-time position commencing in 2020. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.

How to apply

Please email a cover letter (detailing your knowledge of contemporary jewellery and your curatorial approach to exhibition making) and C.V to  by 5pm on Friday 28 February 2020.

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20 Dec 2019

Objectspace is Aotearoa’s leading gallery dedicated to the fields of design, craft and architecture. It seeks to invigorate exhibition making, support critical engagement in these fields, and provide a wealth of opportunities to engage and expand knowledge of material cultures.