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Curator of Art – Australian War Memorial

Closing date:   August 17, 2022
Institution:   Australian War Memorial
Salary:   $82,557 to $92,371
Employment status:   Full-time. This position will initially be filled for 18 months, with the possibility of an extension
Location :   Campbell ACT
Contact name:   Laura Webster, 6243 4332
Contact email:   Not supplied yet.

The Australian War Memorial seeks an experienced Curator to join its Art Section. The role of the Art section is to provide a broad and rich range of artistic perspectives on Australian military history, including the various causes, contexts and aftermaths of conflict as well as actual operations. Due to its creative and interpretive nature, the Art collection offers a unique insight into war related experiences and phenomena. It is one of Australia’s largest and most important art collections and consists of over 36,000 paintings, drawings, prints, posters, sculpture, installation and video art, ranging from representations of Colonial Military Forces through to contemporary responses to current conflicts. Possessing strong curatorial experience and art historical knowledge, the Curator will help shape the Memorial’s collection and artistic program through commissions, acquisitions, publications and public programming. Reporting to the Senior Curator of Art, the Curator will also contribute to strategic planning and staff development, and possess strong project management skills.

The key duties of the position include:

  • Propose, deliver and advise on exhibitions, displays and digital programming at the Memorial.
  • Advise on and assist or lead project management of contemporary art commissions across a range of programs, including the Official War Art Scheme and Memorial’s Sculpture Garden, as well as for general acquisitions as required.
  • Develop new public programming initiatives pertaining to the art collection.
  • Identify, source and recommend artwork for acquisition in order to develop a collection of the highest quality and historical integrity.
  • Undertake research into the art collection and disseminate this knowledge to diverse audiences through talks, lectures, magazine and journal articles, catalogue essays and books.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of museum policy and strategy.
  • Participate as required on the Memorial’s Development Project
  • Contribute to the supervision, mentoring and professional development of Assistant Curatorial staff, as required.
  • Develop strong networks in the Australian art world while maintaining a high professional profile.
  • Respond to enquiries from, and represent the Memorial to, a wide range of public, private and governmental stakeholders.
  •  Liaise and collaborate with other areas of the Memorial in the delivery of museum and commemorative programming.
  • Conduct manual handling tasks including movement of a wide range of objects including but not limited to works on paper, framed works of art and items from the national collection.
  • Demonstrated high level of understanding of equal opportunity principles and a commitment to the application of the APS Values, Employment Principles and Code of Conduct.


This position will initially be filled for 18 months, with the possibility of an extension

The Memorial is committed to workplace diversity and maintains an environment that values the contribution of people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The Memorial welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, veterans, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability. To be eligible for ongoing or non-ongoing employment, Australian Citizenship is required.

To apply please visit: https://www.awm.gov.au/get-involved/work-or-volunteer/employment

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information visit: https://www.apsc.gov.au/recruitability


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