Job | Head Curator – Artbank

Deadline: Tue, 19th December 2017

Artbank is a unique Australian arts organisation and we are looking for someone new to join our team.

Artbank is a program of the Australian Government that directly supports contemporary artists through the acquisition of their work while actively promoting the value of Australian visual art to both the public and private sectors. Operating successfully for over 35 years, Artbank is a largely self-sustaining organisation that generates revenue through the loaning of artworks on a commercial basis. The Artbank collection of approximately 10,000 artworks are leased by private, commercial and government clients, and Australian embassies around the world as well as being loaned for exhibitions around the country.

We balance the running of a sustainable business against our other objectives of support and promotion. To this end, we run a diverse array of curatorial and client lead programming which includes exhibitions, commissioning, forums, private functions, publications and other public engagement activities.

Artbank is a dynamic and progressive organisation operated by a passionate and highly skilled team of arts professionals – of which you could be one.

SALARY: $104,684 – $116,048 per annum, plus superannuation


The Head Curator is a key senior management position in Artbank with primary responsibility for overseeing the development and management of Artbank’s significant collection of Australian art. The role has a broad range of responsibilities including: managing a team of Curators and Registrars spread across two sites; leading the research for acquisitions for the collection; and overseeing the delivery of a curated program in support of Artbank’s core objectives. You will work collaboratively with the Senior Curator and Curator and Collection Coordinator to ensure best practice collection management and with the Registration team to ensure the application of appropriate practices for the handling, transport and installation of works from the collection.

The Head Curator, through their expertise and experience, makes a significant contribution to Artbank’s core objectives. The successful applicant will have an extensive curatorial track record and a minimum of ten years of experience gained in a relevant context and an outstanding knowledge of Australian contemporary art and art history. You will have an exemplary reputation and well established networks with artists, institutions and ideally, the commercial gallery sector. In addition to your curatorial expertise and networks, we anticipate that you are a skilled manager with the ability to identify and deliver on goals and empower your team to perform above expectation. You will regularly provide high level advice to the Director, and as required to the Department’s Senior Executive, on matters relating to the collection, while working collaboratively as part of a leadership team to support the broader delivery of the Artbank program.

The position reports to the Artbank Director and is based in Sydney, NSW.

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