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    14Jan

    Pacific Curator Opportunity

    We invite applications from a Pasifika curator based in Aotearoa to work as part of the team at Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art, on their flagship project – The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.

    Queensland Art Gallery

    This opportunity is from a  new partnership between Creative New Zealand, QAGOMA and Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust to develop Pasifika curators internationally. The residency will be part-time and spread over two years to provide experience for the resident curator at key milestones of the major triennial project. The selected candidate will work closely with the Asia Pacific team at QAGOMA in Brisbane and with key staff from Tautai, Aotearoa’s leading Pacific arts trust. 

    This professional development opportunity will support the successful candidate to research, propose and develop a Pacific artist project for QAGOMA’s 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) and to gain hands-on experience into the planning and presentation of the event. APT10 will be presented at QAGOMA from 27 November 2021 – 25 April 2022.

    We are seeking an innovative Pasifika curator who will bring their knowledge and fresh ideas to the development of a Pacific artist’s project for APT10. The ideal candidate will have a passion for presenting and promoting Pacific artists’ work to diverse audiences, proven experience in managing artists’ projects and good written and spoken communication, with interest in working in a team and experiencing the development of a significant exhibition within a large public institution. The costs of the curator’s flights, accommodation, insurance and curator fee are funded by CNZ under Creative New Zealand’s Pacific Arts Strategy 2018 – 2023.

    In addition to regular communication with QAGOMA and Tautai, the candidate will be required to be present at QAGOMA in Brisbane for a total of six weeks during 2020 and 8 weeks working on the project in Aotearoa.  The commitment of an additional three weeks in Brisbane and four weeks in Aotearoa will be required for 2021. 

    Gallery of Modern Art Exterior view

    The main aims of the residency are to:

    -Develop the capability of arts practitioners by increasing global knowledge and incorporating skills sharing and professional development

    -Encourage the cultural exchange between New Zealand Pasifika artists and the Australia arts sector

    -Build relationships between New Zealand and Australian arts organisations with a view to stimulating collaboration.

    This opportunity builds on Creative New Zealand’s valued support and funding of the Asia Pacific Triennial at QAGOMA, Brisbane in which Oceanic artists from Aotearoa have regularly participated.  

    Eligibility: The residency is open to Aotearoa based Pasifika curators who must be either a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. 

    GOMA exterior

    To apply, please email the following to tautai@tautai.org:

    – A current CV

    – A 1-2 page cover letter addressing the following:

    – Why you are interested in this residency and what you will bring to the project

    – Experience in presenting and promoting Pacific artists’ work to diverse audiences

    – Proven experience in managing artists’ projects

    – Good written and spoken communication 

    – Working in a team and experiencing the development of a significant exhibition. 


    Applications close January 14 2020.  Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in Auckland on Friday January 24 2020.   

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