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Studio Assistant - Mimili Maku Arts

APY Art Centre Collective Aboriginal Corporation

Mimili Maku Arts is a professional art studio and home to some of Australia’s most potent and celebrated artists. This position is a unique opportunity for an arts professional looking to expand their career and work for a group of passionate artists and community leaders.

Reporting to the studio manager, the studio assistant will work alongside artists and arts workers to support the running of a professional art studio. The studio assistant handles daily operations of the studio, allowing artists to devote their time to creating work and developing new ideas. Work duties will vary depending on artists’ need and range from general to highly specialised assistance across multiple media.

This role requires a developed sense of aesthetics and experience in arts development, and a highly motivated approach to working as part of a cross-cultural team. Commitment to social, cultural and artistic development, and the ability to work towards large outcomes in these areas is also essential. Respect and understanding of cross-cultural environments and knowledge of contemporary Aboriginal art will be required to successfully operate in this position.

Essential criteria outlined below:


  • Tertiary qualifications and work experience in Visual Arts or related industry
  • Ability to critically assess art; recognise and nurture artistic talent
  • Ability to live and work in a remote cross-cultural environment and the desire to navigate the challenges that arise in a culturally sensitive manner
  • Proven written and oral communications skills as well as proficient IT skills and basic Photoshop and Illustrator knowledge
  • A current driver’s license, capability in remote area travel (manual 4WD), ability to travel for extended periods
  • An understanding of the importance of the maintenance of Indigenous languages and traditions
  • Arts marketing skills; highly developed aesthetic sense and experience in sales, marketing and exhibition coordination


  • Demonstrable understanding of the Australian and international art markets as they apply to the Aboriginal art industry as well as an understanding of contemporary arts practice and the broader visual arts industry
  • Previous experience in Indigenous art centre work
  • Experience in community development and/or working in an inter-cultural context
  • Demonstrated experience with design software such as Adobe Suite (Illustrator,Photoshop, InDesign) and web design (wix)
  • Experience in facilitating studio support for artists

Please contact jobs@apyacc.com, using the subject line: Studio Assistant - Mimili Maku Arts enquiry via EthicalJobs for job package.

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