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Applications now open for the Curator in Residence 2023

Installation view of Darcey Bella Arnold, A Measure of Disorder, presented at Gertrude Glasshouse in 2022. Photo: Christian Capurro

Applictions for this role have now closed. 

Gertrude is seeking applications for the Curator in Residence 2023, an initiative providing a year-long professional development opportunity for an early practice curator to contribute to the artistic program and broader organisational undertakings of Gertrude.

The Curator in Residence Program supports a selected early practice curator to contribute to and develop projects and programs at Gertrude. The part time, paid position (0.8 EFT) will be appointed for a fixed term from mid-January – 31 December 2023.

The Curator in Residence Program is a year-long professional development opportunity embedded within an engaged, creative, and prolific contemporary art centre. The Curator will gain valuable hands-on professional experience, develop networks, and make significant contributions towards the artistic program at Gertrude. The Curator will gain practical administrative skills working in support of the organisation’s day to day activities; develop an understanding of working directly with and in support of a broad range of artists; deliver public programs and associated events relating to the exhibition programs at Gertrude Contemporary and Gertrude Glasshouse.

With limited opportunities for early practice curators in Australia, this initiative fosters a professionally supported structure to help develop a new generation of diverse curatorial contributors. As with Gertrude’s Studio Program, this initiative is intended as a springboard for assisting early practice arts professionals to be equipped with the skills, experience, knowledge, and networks to accelerate their career trajectory. The Curator in Residence Program is purposefully structured as a part-time role so that the commitment may enable time and space to pursue projects and opportunities independent of the organisation.

Applications close on Sunday 6 November 2022.

Please refer to the full Position Description for further details on the role.

Organisational Context

Gertrude is a not-for-profit art gallery and studio complex operating across two venues in Preston South and Collingwood in Melbourne. Founded in 1985, Gertrude is widely considered to be one of Australia’s leading incubators for contemporary visual art. With equal emphasis on supporting the production and presentation of art, Gertrude’s programs incorporate 16 studios supporting the 2-year Studio Program, and the presentation of an exhibition program of solo and curated exhibitions across two venues. Gertrude works with leading artists to develop artist-driven exhibitions as well as working with independent curators to produce innovative models of exhibition making. Gertrude is committed to supporting the production of new work and exhibition models and connecting these projects with broad public audiences.

Application and Interview Process 

Download and read the Position Description here.  

Applicants should submit the following as a single PDF document:

- Cover letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria as specified in the Position Description (2 pages max)
- CV detailing relevant experience (2 pages max)
- Two recent writing examples - articles, exhibition reviews, essays, interviews (4 pages max in total)
- Name and contact details for two referees

Applications closed on Sunday 6 November 2022. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Interviews of the short-listed candidates will be conducted in the week of 28 November 2022. 

Gertrude is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from First Peoples, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

Gertrude is strongly committed to cultural diversity and cultural safety in all aspects of our program and operations. For applicants who wish to read more about how we are demonstrating this, please read our Commitment to Cultural Diversity and Cultural Safety.

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Gertrude Contemporary

Wurundjeri Country
21-31 High Street
Preston South VIC
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

Gertrude Glasshouse

Wurundjeri Country
44 Glasshouse Road
Collingwood VIC
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
Thursday–Saturday 12–5pm