Image: ART WORKS Emerging Curator 2021 Ann-Marie Green, Art is a Visual Language (installation view), 2022. Photograph Sam Roberts.

Guildhouse is calling for expressions of interest from an Early Career Curator for a part time contracted role over 12-months as an ongoing contribution of the collaborative and dynamic ART WORKS Program. ART WORKS is an exhibition and residency program delivered by Guildhouse in partnership with the City of Adelaide.  

The Early Career Curator role will be supported through embedded professional mentoring to facilitate broad cultural engagement and audience development. This includes connecting with various artist and writers in the ARTPOD residency and the development, curation and presentation of a series of exhibitions and public programs at Adelaide Town Hall.

Applications open: Tuesday 4 October 2022, 9am ACDT
Applications close: Tuesday 15 November 2022, 9am

As with most learning that happens during a life time sometimes you are not even aware of the things you have learnt until they come up often years later. I know there are things I have learnt that I will use later I just don’t know what they are yet! I have learnt to follow my instinct, and trust that I can put artworks together in an interesting and aesthetically coherent way. My initial hope for the opportunity was that I would find my voice and learn to trust my instincts. Although this will be an ongoing focus for me, I always felt that my ideas and thoughts were encouraged and built upon by the team. I also needed the opportunity to strengthen my professional networks having come from NSW. I had so many opportunities to meet artists, designers, and art professionals. That is unbelievably valuable for someone whose art folk are in another state. 

Ann-Marie Green

ART WORKS 2021 Early Career Curator

The aim of the Early Career Curator program is to provide pathway opportunities for the growth and sustainability of a professional curatorial career. The Early Career Curator will have demonstrated experience as a curator (independent or otherwise) or ARI co-director or equivalent industry pathway. In addition to developing a curatorial thematic and liaising with artists, the recipient will be fluent in computer processes (in particular working within Microsoft applications Word and Teams), working within a professional office environment and creating projects to a budget. Exhibition installation and engaging with the public through presenting artist and curator talks are also important aspects within the Early Career Curators responsibilities.   One Early Career Curator will be appointed commencing at the beginning of March 2023 to work in dialogue with the ART WORKS Artist and/or Artist and Writer duo residencies held during the year. The duration of the program is 42 weeks across a 12-month period with the Early Career Curator for approximately one day per week (NB time commitment is ideally spread over two half days per week and may vary across the year in line with exhibition timelines).  
The Emerging Curator will receive a stipend of $10,000 and will enter into an agreement with Guildhouse.   In addition to the stipend, the program offers: 
  • A desk and computer at the Guildhouse house office 
  • A regular, ongoing program of curatorial and program development mentoring with key Guildhouse Programming staff 
  • The opportunity to develop a layered program that engages diverse audiences, spanning the artist and/or artist and writer in residencies, as well as key cultural venues in the city 
  • Access to prominent City of Adelaide spaces including ArtPOD, Adelaide Town Hall First Floor Gallery and Mankurri-api Kuu/Reconciliation Room
Guildhouse and the City of Adelaide Creative City Team will assess applications against the criteria below and will invite shortlisted applicants for interview in the week commencing 21 November 2022. Please be sure you are eligible to apply, that your application addresses the criteria, and contains all required inclusions. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in early December 2022 to commence from 1 March 2023 onwards.   Please note: Applications must be submitted via the online form.
  • Outcomes must fall into the broad visual arts, craft and design sectors 
  • Applications will not be considered that denigrate or exclude any groups in the community 
  • Successful applicants will need to be financial members of Guildhouse 
  • Applicants will have demonstrated experience as an independent curator or ARI co-director or equivalent industry pathway
  • Successful applicants will need to provide a COVID-19 vaccination certificate in accordance with City of Adelaide’s vaccine mandate from 20 December 2021 
  • The successful recipient will be available to work on the project with the Guildhouse team two half days per week
Applications must include 
  • Curatorial rationale of a recent project (either executed or proposed) (max 400 words) 
  • Outline of applicant’s reason for applying and expectations from the Early Career Curator program (max 250 words) 
  • Early Career Curator biography (max 200 words) 
  • One collated PDF including a CV and biography of approx 150 words (1-2 pages total) 
  • One consolidated PDF of max 10 pages of support material that could include: exhibition catalogue, exhibition images, writing samples, reviews, etc  
  • Contact details for two referees
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For any further information or queries contact Samantha Faehrmann, Program Producer at Guildhouse on: Tel: 08 8410 1822  Email:   Applications close: Tuesday 15 November 2022, 9am ACST