Watch This Space Co-Director position
Thu November 5 - Mon November 30
Watch This Space is a catalyst and conduit for contemporary experimental arts practice and dialogue in Central Australia, working to nurture and promote local and visiting artists and their work.
As the only Artist Run Initiative in a 1500km radius, we support and advocate for local, national and international artists at all stages of their careers. We provide a constructive and supportive environment for development, dissemination, collaboration and experimentation through exhibitions, residencies, presentations, performances, offsite projects and an onsite studio community, all within a unique geographical, social and cultural landscape: Mparntwe/Alice Springs. We currently receive operational funding from the Northern Territory Government and Australia Council for the Arts and generate additional income through local and federal project grants, operational activities and philanthropic donations.
For 27 years WTS has supported artists to question and explore the stimulating and complex physical, social and cultural environment where the gallery is situated. Mparntwe/Alice Springs is a cultural hub with a well-established, dynamic arts community. It is also the locus for a huge array of indigenous languages and the economic centre for remote communities throughout the southern half of the Northern Territory, expanding into South Australia and Western Australia.
The Co-Director’s role is exciting and varied. It has been long desired by previous Directors as a way to share responsibilities both logistical and emotional and to foster an environment that is supportive, encouraging and inspiring for artists and staff. The organisation’s aim is to create two dynamic leadership positions that are built on trust and equity.
The role requires strong arts administration skills, creative direction and community focus. With the support and collaboration of your Co-Director, you will coordinate all aspects of the exhibition and residency program, artists’ studios, venue and budget management and financial reporting as well as other creative projects. You will work autonomously and collaboratively, with the support of the WTS Board, Curatorial Committee and volunteers. This is an incredibly rewarding role with a high degree of responsibility and the potential to contribute to the artistic and cultural life of our region.
The successful applicant will be involved in defining strategies for the organisation’s next period of growth as 2021 marks the first of a new Four Year Funding agreement with Australia Council for the Arts. Our aims are; to nurture contemporary experimental art in Central Australia; improve access and participation in the arts; contribute to local and national sector development; and increase organisational sustainability.