We are looking for someone with good energy and experience in art and/or exhibition production. We are interested in bringing on a skillful organizer to our team; a creative, resourceful person who is curious and trustworthy; someone who has a strong commitment to the creation, presentation, and experience of contemporary art; and who can work with teams to help collectively and holistically coordinate scheduled projects and exhibitions, from proposal phase to their materialization and public outcome.
In this role you will
- Provide general curatorial support for the Curator of Exhibitions & Art Commissions; the Deputy Director; and, the Director; and as part of the exhibitions team.
- Provide logistical and administrative support in coordinating exhibitions, including traveling exhibitions. Such includes procurement of loans, insurance of artworks, coordination of transport, and maintaining exhibition budgets. Maintains communication with artists towards the establishment of accurate exhibition checklists, image files, lenders, and other exhibition deals.
- Communicate with venue partners and organizers, guest curators, vendors and artists, and internally with curatorial, programming, and preparator teams to facilitate the building of an exhibition.
- Develop project timelines and work with director, in-house- and/or guest-curator, deputy director, and installation teams in the completion of all phases of exhibition planning and execution.
- Liaise with exhibiting artists in facilitating and coordinating the production and fabrication of new commissions.
- Lead on the coordination of smaller-scale archival and collaborative presentations, in liaison with affiliated partners.
- Help to create, coordinate, and edit exhibition descriptions and didactic materials such as wall text, labels, and newsletter and website content.
Skills & qualification
Candidates for the position must be able to work in a team and have proven experience of at least two years in art and/or exhibition production and coordination; who believe in the importance of collaboration; and who respects the autonomy that participating artists and partners require while elaborating a project.
- Considering the Coronavirus pandemic, the Curatorial Assistant may have to work mostly remotely (via email, phone, Teams, and Zoom), and on-site at the office and galleries if and when required and the situation allows. The Curatorial Assistant is expected to be flexible with this, and respect social distancing measures and safety protocols, as well as a balanced work-life schedule.
- Kunstinstituut Melly works with national and international participants and partners on a daily basis. Dutch and English are the main languages of the workplace; candidates should at least have a strong command of written and spoken English.
- Living in Rotterdam or the vicinity is essential to more fully enjoy being part of the team and institutional developments.
- This opening is for a temporary position.
- Application deadline for this job vacancy is 24 May 2021, or until the right candidate is found.
- Kunstinstituut Melly adheres to the Governance Code Cultuur, the Fair Practice Code, and the Code Cultural Diversity and Inclusion.
To be considered for this position, please send your C.V., including three professional references along with a one-page cover letter. Your application materials must be in English. In this cover-letter, please introduce yourself, describing your experience to date and reasons for why you are interested in working with our team. Please address your materials to Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Director at Kunstinstituut Melly, and send these as PDF to applications [at] kunstinstituutmelly.nl no later than 24 May 2021.
Selected candidates will be interviewed during the month of June; the job start-date is 15 July 2021.
About Kunstinstituut Melly
Our institution was originally conceived as an art-house with a mission to present and discuss the ideas and work created today by visual artists and cultural makers. It first opened its doors to the public in January 1990. To fulfill its core mission of presenting contemporary art and theory, we organize exhibitions, commissions art, publishes and develops educational and collaborative initiatives. (For three decades, the institution was named Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. You can read more about this here: change.wdw.nl.)