Manager – Aboriginal Art Centre, East Kimberley – Position Vacant

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About Warmun Arts Centre

Warmun Art Centre is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal arts and culture organisations, located 200km south of Kununurra in the beautiful East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Warmun Art Centre represents internationally renowned senior artists and a large number of young and emerging artists. In addition to the successful painting studio and gallery program, the Art Centre runs many interconnected cultural operations that preserve, maintain and promote Gija culture to internal and external audiences.

A 2019 Telstra Business Awards winner, the Centre is wholly Aboriginal owned and is critical to income production and well-being of the local Warmun community. Building on its significant success to date, Warmun Art Centre’s strategic goals include maintaining a sustainable economic enterprise that supports the preservation and transmission of cultural knowledge and practices and increases training, skills development and employment opportunities for all generations of Gija people.

About the Role

This is the peak role within the organisation, overseeing a team of seven to ten Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff and an annual budget in the vicinity of $1.2M. The Manager is responsible for five main areas of management: artistic/cultural programs, strategic/operational, financial, governance and human resources.

The position will be focused on working with the board, artists and staff to build on the Art Centre’s past successes by ensuring the delivery of high quality artistic and cultural programs and developing new economic opportunities and revenue diversification. This will include increasing funding and philanthropic support and other initiatives that build organisational capacity. The Manager needs to be able to lead a team in the development of artistic and commercial excellence; and effective stakeholder relationships is critical.

The position is full time on a two-year contract with the opportunity to extend.

About You

We need an experienced, highly organised and focused individual with a proven record of successful artistic and cultural program management, financial and human resource management and a track record of enabling strong governance. We need someone who is resourceful, strategic and practical to lead by example and practice.

It is an excellent opportunity for someone who has demonstrated experience achieving positive artistic, economic and social outcomes to take one of Australia’s most successful Aboriginal arts organisations in to the next chapter of its story.

You will be excited by the opportunity to build on the success to date of this leading Art Centre, working closely with the artists and developing their careers, creating and growing the market for their work and living in and contributing to this remote Aboriginal community in a stunning landscape.

Relevant background checks will apply.


In addition to benefits that include furnished, air-conditioned accommodation, five weeks leave, relocation assistance and salary sacrifice provisions, you will benefit from induction, and training opportunities tailored to your needs to ensure your success and career development; and you’ll be joining a friendly, dedicated and successful team.

Application process

Please download the Application Pack at

To apply, e-mail your application to:, using the subject line: Arts Centre Manager.

Your application should include:

  • A cover letter highlighting the ways in which you would meet the responsibilities of becoming part of the Warmun Art Centre team (maximum 2 pages)
  • Your current CV

(Note there is no requirement to respond to selection criteria at this stage of the recruiting process)

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and close: Sunday 28 June 2020.

Interviews will be conducted via video conference (Skype, Facetime or Zoom).


Kate Horsey   Matrix Consulting and Training


Ph:                  08 8985 1728

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