Curator / Resident Liaison at Jan van Eyck Academie
Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands Deadline: 25 October 2019
The Jan van Eyck Academie is looking for a curator to join the team. The curator will be the liaison for the artists-in-residence and will work in close collaboration with the director and other team members to develop the public, artistic programme of the academy.
As a post-academic, multidisciplinary institute, the Jan van Eyck Academie provides its participants with the time, space and expertise needed to develop their artistic practice in depth.
Visual artists and designers of all disciplines – graphic/fashion/food/architecture, curators, writers and researchers from all over the world, can stay at the academy for one year and make use of all its facilities. Each individual participant has their own studio, can sign up for weekly visits by various (guest) advisers and have access to well-equipped Labs (Printing & Publishing, Wood and Metal, Photography and New Media, a Library, a Food Lab and a Lab for Nature Research). Next to the public programme, participants have the opportunity to collaborate and organize their own series of events, talks, workshops, conferences and presentations.
The academy will expand its programming to incorporate issues such as climate change, sustainability and other global urgencies. An annual research focus (next year water scarcity and the third pole area) will be introduced to stimulate critical discourse amongst participants and the public alike.
•The curator will work closely with participants (about 50 annually). She/he will act as an adviser to the participants and their practice and as a liaison between them, the institute and other, external parties.
•The curator should be informed about the practices of each participant and meet their needs as best as possible;
•The curator will be part of the committee selecting new participants;
•The curator will advise and supervise the so-called In-Lab projects, collaboratively initiated by participants;
•The curator will work closely with the director in developing a theoretical discursive programme;
•Together with the director, staff members and the participants, the curator will conceptualize, plan and execute the public programme (talks, exhibitions, presentations, collaborative projects, etc.);
•The curator will be responsible for curating the annual Open Studios;
•The curator will provide content for all texts related to the public programme;
•The curator will work together with partner institutions on local, national, and international level;
•The curator will actively seek (inter)national partnerships.
•A degree and/or experience in Curating, Art History, Art Education, Arts Administration/Production, Cultural or Curatorial Studies or another related field;
•Have affinity and experience in working with a multitude of artistic disciplines;
•2 or more years of curatorial experience;
•Experience in working with(in) a cultural institution;
•Knowledge of the world of international contemporary art and design, and its discourses;
•Innovative, fresh ideas for conceptualizing and realizing the public programme;
•Will be required to settle in Maastricht or vicinity thereof;
•Will be required to travel frequently.
KEY PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES & SKILLS REQUIRED
•Have an excellent understanding of community;
•Excellent communication and organizational skills;
•An effective team worker who shows initiative and takes ownership of the role;
•Good command in spoken and written English;
•Outstanding writing skills;
•Proven ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
•Budget management skills.
A full-time job of 37,5 hours a week.
Salary scale 10 of BBRA, sector Rijk (NL).
Starting date: 3 February 2020.
REQUESTED MATERIALS FOR APPLICATION
•A motivational letter expressing your statement of interest (addressed to Director Hicham Khalidi);
•A short narrative biography;
•A CV and list of selected publications;
•A proposal envisioning the theoretical and conceptual framework for the academy for the coming years (max. 1,000 words);
•A portfolio with past exhibitions and other projects (dating back no longer than 5 years).
•Two samples of published texts for exhibitions, catalogues, etc. (please provide a translation if they are not in English);
•Reference letters from individuals with a direct knowledge and a professional understanding of your work may be included.
Applying is done digitally and in English via the online application form. In the online application form, you can upload the listed materials above as 1 PDF file. This PDF file should not be larger than 10 MB. Click the hyperlink to access the online job application form.
Applications will be judged on the quality of the motivational letter, CV and the proposal putting forth the vision and the understanding of the academy’s needs.
Closing date for applications: 25 October 2019.
Communication on the outcome of the application process by mid November. A short-list of applicants will be contacted for a (Skype) interview.