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Primary objective

Support the curatorial development of exhibitions and related programming for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs in partnership with the Director, including the development of curatorial concepts through to exhibition delivery and associated publications through developing and maintaining strong collaborative partnerships and strategic alliances with artists, galleries, other Government agencies, and multiple stakeholders, at both a local and national level.

Key duties and responsibilities

  1. In consultation with the Senior Director and institutional partners, oversee planning and delivery of the Gallery’s opening and ongoing exhibitions, public programmes and related publications and research projects.
  2. Provide expert advice to inform development of a functional design brief and architectural design for the Gallery.
  3. Prepare the curatorial and exhibitions strategy, identify resources required and manage budget to deliver the Gallery’s opening programme.
  4. Work with the Director to build a strong curatorial and exhibitions team to support delivery of key institutional objectives, and build curatorial and exhibitions capacity with on-job training and mentoring.
  5. Manage and coordinate a multidisciplinary team to deliver high quality, engaging, innovative and accessible exhibitions, public programmes, and publications.
  6. Contribute to development of Gallery’s Strategic Plan and prepare curatorial and exhibition related policies and procedures to establish international best practice in collections management, exhibitions, publication and research.
  7. Ensure Aboriginal agency, voice and connection to country has a strong presence in development and delivery of content, exhibitions and programmes.
  8. Oversee establishment of partnerships with Territory and national collecting institutions and art centres and education and research institutions, and prepare and negotiate related Memoranda of Understanding and loan agreements.
  9. Oversee identification and negotiation of incoming loans and travelling exhibitions with collecting institutions, art centres, individual artists and collectors for opening exhibitions.
  10. Prepare draft tender documents and negotiate the tendering processes for individual exhibition, research and publication projects as required.

Selection criteria


  1. Postgraduate qualifications in fine art, curation, museum studies, cultural studies, or other gallery-related field with prior experience and training as a senior manager in a related institution.
  2. Extensive curatorial/exhibition experience at a senior level, with demonstrated knowledge of Aboriginal visual culture, particularly contemporary art practice.
  3. Well-established national and international networks in the cultural heritage space.
  4. Experience in strategic and business planning within a cultural environment including policy and procedure development, resource management, exhibition planning and developing research and collection management strategies.
  5. Significant experience in conceiving and delivering innovative audience-focused interpretation activities across a variety of platforms including exhibitions, public programmes and publications.
  6. Experienced in audience-centred practice with a demonstrated commitment to co-created exhibitions and programmes.
  7. High-level written and oral communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to write complex, authoritative and persuasive reports, proposals and submissions.
  8. Strong negotiation and networking skills with proven ability to build effective and productive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
  9. Strong project management skills with the ability successfully lead a multidisciplinary and multicultural staff in the achievement of goals and objectives.
  10. Excellent organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple and often competing tasks with attention to accuracy and detail within deadlines.
  11. Experience in working with Aboriginal communities, including experience in communicating effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal people.


  1. Fluency in local Aboriginal languages spoken in Alice Springs including Arrernte, Luritja/Pintupi, Pitjantjatjara.
  2. Established relationships within the Alice Springs art community.

Further information

The recommended applicant will be required to hold a current Working with Children Clearance notice and undergo a criminal history check (a criminal history will not exclude an applicant from this position unless it is a relevant criminal history). Applicants should supply a certified copy of their qualification with their application.

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