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Assistant Curator, Contemporary Māori Art

Job details

New Plymouth District Council
15 Jul 2022
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Toi Maori, Visual Arts


The Govett Brewster Art Gallery - Len Lye Centre is a bold and contemporary art centre connecting people, communities and cultures, and encouraging critical dialogue about the world we live in. Working with our Māori partner group Whiringa Toi we aim to ensure our activities represents the stories of our place in the Pacific, Tangata Whenua of Taranaki, and people of Aotearoa and of the world.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Curator, Contemporary Māori Art to join a collaborative, supportive programming team working in a dynamic gallery environment. Reporting to the Director, and working closely with external Māori curators with the support of Whiringa Toi, this role will assist with the development and delivery of exhibitions, publications and public programmes for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

Valuing creativity, honouring Māori arts and artists and growing genuine partnerships with tangata whenua are values which underpin the work we do. You will bring sound knowledge and best practice to the research and interpretation of contemporary Māori art to support successful exhibition development. As kaitiaki to the collection works, you will support the care and interpretation of artworks and artists' ideas, and work closely with living artists. You will also actively contribute to public programme planning. Supporting this mahi, will be your good communication skills, ability to professionally interact with a diverse range of people and communities, and manage a wide variety of projects.

To be successful in this role, you will have experience in working with contemporary artists, knowledge of contemporary Māori art, some experience in art exhibition development and a relevant tertiary qualification. You will enjoy being part of a multi-disciplinary team and bring strong organisational skills and research, writing and public speaking capabilities. A level of fluency in te reo Māori and knowledge of tikanga o Taranaki are highly desirable.

At New Plymouth District Council we aim to create and sustain a rewarding workplace environment for our staff. You can expect to start in this 12 month fixed-term, full-time role with us between $59,047 and $64,182. We offer an integrated Total Rewards Framework that spans wellbeing, development, benefits, culture and recognition to provide a diverse range of opportunities and benefits for our staff.

If you are keen to connect people with contemporary Māori art and taonga and become an integral member of a dynamic public facing team then we look forward to hearing from you!

Applications close on Friday, 15 July 2022.

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