Artspace seeks new Assistant Curator

The River Remains; ake tonu atu


Image by Sam Hartnett: The River Remains; ake tonu atu, Tyson Campbell, Wai Ching Chan, Faamele Etuale, Olyvia Hong, Bronte Perry.  




Artspace NZ is a a public contemporary art gallery located on Karangahape Road, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. Over the past 31 years, Artspace NZ has supported many practitioners throughout the field of visual arts, supporting and launching careers, presenting NZ and international work and stimulating critical thought.
Artspace NZ has called Karangahape Road home since 1998. Signaling a new vision of Auckland as a growing city embracing modernity by engaging the radical social implications at its horizon, Guy Ngan’s sculpture Star (1973) adorns the entrance of our building; the old Newton Post Office.
Artspace NZ is a leader in the field of contemporary art and culture for Aotearoa New Zealand, presenting a year round high-quality visual arts and cultural programme for free.
Artspace NZ acknowledges Te Tiriti o Waitangi as Aotearoa, New Zealand’s founding document. We prioritise the analysis, development and maintenance of practices which nurture the evolving relationship of dual constitutional heritage of Te Tiriti.
Within our strategic development for the 2015-2018 period, we began incorporating mātauranga Māori more visibly and effectively into organisational leadership. For 2019 and beyond, this strategic focus will continue to explore how we might develop and apply:
1) Pūrākau and whakapapa foundational practices
2) Tikanga and principles based practices
3) Respectful, reciprocal relationships with Mana Whenua, Mataawaka and Tauiwi in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.
The Role
The Artspace NZ Assistant Curator is a one-year development position in which you will gain a high-level of experience through direct involvement in Artspace’s programme development and production, while working within a team of four. In this role you will work alongside leading contemporary local and international artists and curators, actively participating in critical dialogue through our publications and public programmes.
The year of training and development will include both local and international opportunities for travel. Depending on the nature of your practice you are encouraged to use Artspace NZ’s expansive network as a tool for your own personal professional development. You will be involved in all stages of implementing Artspace NZ’s programme, while encouraged and supported to contribute your own ideas.
This role has evolved over more than ten years, first starting out as an internship, now entitled ‘Assistant Curator’ since last year. It has produced a clear track record within curatorial development in Aotearoa New Zealand where previous holders of the position now work as established curators, critics, writers and more in highly regarded national and international institutions or as successful freelancers.
As the ideal candidate you will be taking initiative, are good at multitasking, works concentrated and precise and are able to work within a small and dedicated team. Most importantly, you will be passionate about contemporary art. Some degree of technical or practical experience would also be an advantage.
You will likely also have an art history or fine arts background, a proven talent for writing / editing and a strong desire to be involved in curating at a professional level.
Applications close:
Friday 2 November at 5pm
Interviews will take place in the week of 5 November.
To apply, please forward your cover letter and CV per email to
If possible please send all documents as PDFs.
You can download the position description and remuneration here
This role is made possible through the generous support of The Stout Trust.