career opportunity at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

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Chaitanya Sambrani

Aug 1, 2023, 11:17:53 PMAug 1
to Australasian Network for Asian Art

On behalf of Zara Stanhope


 Career Opportunities: Curator Len Lye & Contemporary Art - Coordinator (7042) (


Curator Len Lye & Contemporary Art


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Based in Ngāmotu New Plymouth, Aotearoa New Zealand the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery | Len Lye Centre is a contemporary art gallery with international reputation and reach. The Gallery currently has a unique and exciting opportunity for an experienced curator to join the team, with a focus on the work of Len Lye and forging new exhibitions, conversations and audiences for the artist’s work.


The Govett-Brewster was founded on the vision of Monica Brewster and her aspirations for a contemporary art museum for her city, the continues to build on its 50 year legacy of presenting meaningful national and international art that explores and celebrates who we are.


Added in 2015, the Len Lye Centre is the home of Len Lye’s collection and archive, and the centre for research, exhibitions and publications that convey the importance of his practice within the 20th century, today, and into the future.


This is a role for an experienced curator with knowledge of modern and contemporary art who can extend understanding and appreciation of Lye’s practice in both a local and global context, and place his legacy within contemporary art, film and other media.


Reporting to the Director, you will undertake new research, exhibition making and interpretation and work with key external partners and the Gallery team to successfully offer meaningful exhibition, publication and public program experiences.


Supervising the Assistant Curator Len Lye and providing high level management of the Lye Collection and Archive, you will work collaboratively with a great Gallery team, the Len Lye Foundation and other external partners. You will be an accomplished communicator with sound interpersonal skills and a warm professional approach, able to form partnerships and engage diverse local, national and international audiences.


To be successful in this role, you will have a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and biculturalism and be aligned with the Govett-Brewster’s purpose and ambitions. The Gallery can support your development of knowledge of cultural protocols as required. You will also support the organisational values of Mana Tangata, Oranga Tangata, Kotahitanga and Hāpaitanga. You will have experience in curating exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and their integration in public programs and touring projects, commissioning of publications and relevant tertiary qualifications.  Most importantly, you will be a positive manager and collaborative team member, well organised and will bring strong research, writing and public speaking capabilities to the role.


At Te Kaunihera-ā-rohe o Ngāmotu / New Plymouth District Council we aim to create and sustain a truly rewarding workplace environment for our staff. You can expect to start in this permanent full-time role with us between $77,099 and $87,378. We also offer an integrated Total Rewards Framework that spans Wellbeing, Development, Benefits, Culture and Recognition.

If you are interested to be part of a leading contemporary art museum of the Pacific that is valued locally, nationally and internationally as a vibrant, people-focused, sustainable organisation then we want to hear from you!


Please Click here to view the Job Description.

Please include a CV and statement of experience addressing the key accountabilities and core competencies.

Applications close 1 September 2023



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