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We have a unique opportunity for a talented and motivated curator to co-ordinate a busy exhibition schedule and artist-in-residency program promoting national, international and regional contemporary artists.


Based on the east coast of NSW Australia in Newcastle/Muloobinba, The Lock-Up is a dynamic and influential contemporary arts space, which pushes boundaries, fosters critical dialogue, and supports the development of Australian artists. We are committed to stimulating and challenging audiences, empowering artist-led projects that explore contemporary social issues. Housed in an 1800s Police lockup we provide a platform for artists to create new works, experiment, stimulate dialogue, share and engage.


 A dynamic, motivated, relationship builder with demonstrated experience in a similar role in a small to medium sized arts organisation.

Your qualifications in fine arts/ cultural studies are put to good use supporting your well-honed organisational skills.

Familiar with managing events, rostering staff and volunteers, and front-of-house activities are second nature as you work with us to coordinate events, network and grow your profile.

Your passion to build connection and long-term relationships with the arts community is a top priority.


•       Program and curation of a highly engaging artistic calendar of 6 major exhibitions annually

•       Manage installation and de-installation of exhibitions/events – advise artists/independent curators on heritage requirements, WHS, technical capabilities and equipment available

•       Develop artists’ talks, film, dance, theatre, and music performances

•       Manage our nationally acclaimed Artist in Residence Program

•       With the Director develop The Lock-Up’s Patrons Program and other key stakeholder relationships

•       Coordinate contractors, casual staff and volunteers

•       Manage The Lock-Up’s national and local marketing material/programs

•       Manage administration systems, and communications, including website and newsletters

•       Follow the Director and Newcastle Historic Reserve Land Manager Board and Crown Lands NSW edicts to ensure its mandate for community engagement within our historic precinct is met.


Please demonstrate the following capabilities in your application:

•       Extensive understanding of contemporary art within the Australian visual arts sector, and ability to curate exhibitions and develop related catalogue and gallery text using and leveraging an extensive network to generate opportunities

•       Knowledge of and experience in collaborating with artists to develop new commissions and exhibit their work

•       Proficiency in coordinating a contemporary annual schedule of art exhibitions and broader programming, with a proven track record in event management, managing staff and meeting deadlines

•       Experience in designing and producing a range of business, marketing and exhibition materials, and managing a website to promote art programs and events across social media platforms.

The Lock-Up embraces diversity, belonging and inclusion and is committed to increasing representation that reflects the differences in society.  Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities.

35-hour week, salary package $86,000, including superannuation.


Email us @ [email protected] attaching

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Response to each of the key selection criteria (max. 2 pages).

By midnight (AEST) Friday, 31 May 2024.

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