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Art Development Specialist - Art Co-ordinator - Bindi - Alice Springs

Lifestyle Solutions

About Our Organisation

Lifestyle Solutions is a not-for-profit National Disability and Out of Home Care Service organisation, which commenced operations in NSW in 2002 with a vision to support people with disability by walking alongside them, embracing their dreams and sharing their vision.

Lifestyle Solutions is proud to have Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists studio as part of its operations in Central Australia. Established in 2000, the Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists studio is the first in Australia to occupy the intersection between supported studios and Aboriginal Art Centres. Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists encourage the promotion of culturally relevant work options and art skill development, nurturing artists who demonstrate an interest and passion to develop a career in fine art. Go to https://bindiart.com.au/ to view the collection of art works and information on the artists.

About the Opportunity

An exciting and challenging opportunity for a suitably experienced creative, passionate, innovative person with strong business acumen for the position of Art Development Specialist (Art Co-ordinator) is required to shape our Bindi Enterprises Arts Program through the next phase. This is a full time position, located in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

The Art Development Specialist (Art Co-ordinator) will play a critical role in the success of the Gallery and team management, the position leads the concept and development of exhibitions and projects to fulfill the vision, mission and strategic objectives of the organisation.

The role of the Art Development Specialist (Art Co-ordinator) is to engage with artists to facilitate the production of artworks of a high standard, promote sales of artworks and facilitate the ongoing viability of the Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists studio. The ideal applicant will enjoy working in a diverse and busy environment with a high degree of people and public contact. In addition, the person will be culturally sensitive and have a strong awareness and commitment to working collaboratively with Aboriginal people, culture and local community to raise, advocate and promote Aboriginal Arts and Culture.

What can you expect from this challenging, operational role complimented with a strategic focus?

A snapshot of the successful person may include (but not limited to):

  • Organise and liaise with gallery managers to produce and curate exhibitions on a national scale;
  • Extensive collaboration and relationship building with key stakeholders on a local, national and international scale;
  • Lead, manage and supervise a small team;
  • Represent the art centre at conferences, conventions and events;
  • Strengthen the skills and capacity of the art centre in the arena of Arts and Culture;
  • Planning and accountability from an operational and strategic objective;
  • Act as an agent on behalf of Artists; responsibility for maintaining and establishing appropriate retail value of artwork, copyright, moral rights, intellectual property, reproduction licences and resale royalties;
  • Writing grant applications, project management and grant acquittals
  • Manage the art and culture portfolio, including timely and efficient reporting, correspondence, budget, database maintenance and BMAA web site and social media promotion including updates, marketing, sales and awards

As a workplace that encourages open collaboration, ability to work with flexibility and an understanding of organisational needs are a must. Superior communication, negotiation skills, a combination of commitment and resilience and a sense of humour area also highly regarded.

Ideally what you bring to the role and the team:

  • Generous in sharing your expertise, knowledge and skills to mentor your team.
  • Knowledge of the visual arts sector, professional painting practices and ideally knowledge of the Aboriginal arts industry in Central Australia.
  • Knowledge of the disability sector and experience working with people with a disability.
  • Commitment, respect and understanding for Aboriginal people, culture, community and identity.
  • Experience in cross-cultural environments.
  • Proven capability to efficiently store, catalogue, name and price artworks in preparation for sale.
  • Possess strong operational business acumen, with a view to increasing studio capacity to deliver financial sustainability.
  • Proven capability to organise, produce and curate exhibitions on a national scale.
  • Ability to strengthen, maintain and developing key stakeholder relationships.
  • Current NT driver license.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to develop and procure new business opportunities.

How to Apply

Applications MUST address the below selection criteria in their application letter to be considered for this position.

  • Demonstrate relevant tertiary qualifications in curatorship, museology, arts management and/or extensive professional art industry experience.
  • Substantial experience in developing notable exhibitions.
  • Sound knowledge of arts and visual arts practise.
  • Highly evolved organisational and prioritisation coupled with the ability to work under pressure.
  • Cultural sector background, superior communication, organisational, writing and computer skills in order to effectively consult with and gain the trust of a wide range of project stakeholders.
  • Extensive relationship management
  • The ability to show personal initiative and be able to work collaboratively as part of a busy, creative team as well as being able to work autonomously and be flexible with a self-motivated approach is essential.

The full Position Description is available to view here.

For all enquiries, please contact Lyndsey Regan at lyndsey.regan@lifestylesolutions.org.au, using the subject line: Art Development Specialist - Art Co-ordinator - Bindi - Alice Springs enquiry via EthicalJobs or phone 0427 425 203.

The successful applicant will receive comprehensive induction and ongoing support and training. A generous remuneration package will be negotiated depending on experience, which will be enhanced by salary packaging benefits.

Becoming a member of Lifestyle Solutions means you are joining a team of people committed to improving the quality of life for the people we support. Lifestyle Solutions is an EEO employer and welcomes applications from people from ATSI and CALD backgrounds. All applicants are required to undergo employment screening through probity checks prior to commencing.

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