Associate Curator

National Portrait Gallery of Australia
Closing Date
Sun, 02nd May 2021
Position Type
Full Time
$83,189 - $97,611 plus superannuation

Curators are appointed for their expert knowledge of art, history, and visual culture, particularly related to portraiture, for the core business of developing and presenting innovative and engaging exhibitions, and interpreting the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.  The Curator will work with the collection and exhibitions team in the development and delivery of exhibitions and programs, including First Nations content; and liaise with and build strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, communities, and other key stakeholders, locally and across Australia. The Curator will possess a strong knowledge of First Nations and Australian art and history.  Excellent written and communication skills, together with a highly organised and professional attitude are essential to succeed in this role.

The occupant of this position reports to the Director, Collections and Exhibitions.

Please note: The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under Section 26 of the Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions 2016. This vacancy is open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

This position is initially being offered on a non-ongoing contract up to 18months. The position may become ongoing within the initial 12-month period.

Specific Tasks

Research and curate innovative exhibitions of the highest quality and contribute to the development of the Gallery’s onsite and touring exhibition program, including First Nations content.

Contribute to the interpretation of the collection internally and externally through research and support of the rehangs of the permanent Collection Displays; and through presentations at conferences and other events.

Draft correspondence, reports, essays, exhibition texts, online content and other published material associated with exhibitions, the collection, and the Gallery.

Work independently and as an active member of the Collection & Exhibitions Section and multi-disciplinary teams.

Actively participate in the delivery of Gallery learning and access programs and other events, and provide mentoring conducive to internship training.

Develop and maintain professional networks that support the Gallery and its programs.


If you require further information, please contact Sandra Bruce, Director, Collection & Exhibitions 02 6102 7038 or by email at 

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