Location The Courthouse Gallery & Studios, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co Clare
Deadline 29/09/2023, 17.00.
The Courthouse Gallery & Studios in Ennistymon is now seeking applications for the position of Gallery Coordinator/Curator. This position is a part-time fixed contract of one year, renewable up to a maximum of three.
The successful applicant will implement and manage the programme of art exhibitions and events, oversee daily operations in this all-inclusive multipurpose gallery, promote and implement publicity and fundraising, and continue to develop the gallery’s profile and audience.
Applicants must submit a CV (maximum length 3 pages) and a cover letter outlining their vision for the Gallery for the next three years. CVs should include the names and contact details of two independent referees. Please ensure that all submitted materials are clearly marked with the applicant's name.
The contract is for 28 hours per week at a rate of €20,000 per annum.
The deadline for applications is September 29, 2023 at 17.00.
Interviews will take place during the week beginning October 16, 2023.
For further information, including the job specification please visit thecourthousegallery.com
About the Courthouse Gallery and Studios
The Courthouse Gallery & Studios (CGS) is an integral part of the cultural life of North Clare. The ambition of the gallery is to be an all inclusive, multipurpose event space that supports and serves a wide variety of artists and the community. Housed in a Georgian courthouse building dating from 1790, The Courthouse was saved from demolition by the local history group, The Old Ennistymon Society. It was first developed as artist studios in 1997, with support from the Arts Council. Reopening in 2007 as The Courthouse Gallery & Studios, it is comprised of four artists’ studios, a multifunctional space, and two gallery spaces. In addition to a year-round programme of art exhibitions, which attracts local, national and international audiences, CGS is also the venue for a wide variety of other artistic and ancillary events. Lectures on history, archaeology and folklore are held during the winter months in conjunction with The North Clare Heritage Society. The CGS is overseen by a voluntary Management Board. It is run by an enthusiastic team of professionals and volunteers. The Department of Social Protection Community Employment Scheme (CES) supports the placement of our gallery assistants.
- Implement and manage programme of art and other events
- Apply for and obtain funding from the Arts Council, Department of Arts, Local Authority and other relevant funding bodies.
- Work with the gallery committee to select exhibitions on an annual or biennial basis. Implement the existing exhibition programme and research future exhibitions in a balanced manner while developing the artistic vision of the gallery
- Arrange and administer annual events e.g. Trasna Exhibition, Book Festival, Christmas Fair.
- Communicate with artists and event organisers
- Manage all contractual agreements with exhibiting artists and event holders
- Oversee exhibition installation and removal
- Promote sales of artwork
- Oversee Daily Operations of Gallery
- Manage the gallery staff.
- Manage the gallery studios.
- Manage and keep records of the financial accounts in conjunction with the Board of Directors and the gallery Accountant.
- Review and update gallery policies
- Complete and review the health and safety documentation
- Ensure the gallery and studios are managed and maintained and protected to a high standard - utilities, insurance, and general works.
- Promote the Gallery/Implement Publicity, PR, and Fundraising (grant making and maintaining relations with funding bodies)
- Oversee and implement publicity and PR on social media platforms and other media
- Research ideas in conjunction with of the Board for fundraising and sponsorship initiatives
- Develop Gallery’s profile and audience
- Support community audience building
- Implement the gallery’s profile in line with its ambition and ethos
- Develop the artistic vision of gallery
- Consult with Board of Directors, Galley committee
- When required report to and attend board meetings
- Present quarterly financial reports to the Board
- Work with the Board in the maintenance of the building and facilities.
- Ability to apply for funding from the Arts Council, Department of Arts, Local Authority, and other relevant funding bodies.
- Possess a broad experience and understanding of contemporary art. Sound knowledge of curating exhibitions, thorough understanding of art installation techniques and practice.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Excellent organisation and administration skills in a computerised work place including use of social media, mailing lists, spreadsheets, websites, basic desk top design.
- Ability to prioritise and meet deadlines and experience of managing a wide range of activities, such as exhibition openings, workshops and fundraising events.
- Ability to work well under pressure, and work flexibly and cooperatively as part of a small team.
- Ability to work on own initiative.
- Availability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as appropriate.
- Understanding of the value of community and audience development in the Arts with a rural context.
Applicants are invited to submit,
- A CV outlining relevant experience (maximum of three pages)
- A letter of application outlining their vision for the CGS over the next three years.
- Contact details for two professional referees
Submissions and Confidentiality
The CGS acknowledges applicants’ need for privacy and will take all necessary steps to ensure all applications and interviews are handled confidentially. CGS is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Enquiries in strictest confidence, as well as applications (by email only) should be addressed to Matthew Mitchell
Interviews will be held in person during the week beginning October 16th.