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Curatorial Studies Fellow, Parallel Projects

  • 20% of a fulltime function
  • Royal Academy of Fine Arts & Royal Conservatory
  • Ref. SCH GP E 041

Legal requirements

In order to be eligible for this position, candidates should meet these key requirements:

On 1 January 2019, candidates must meet the general requirements outlined in Article V.106 of the Flemish 'Higher Education Codex' of 20 December 2013:

  • Be a citizen of a member state of the European Union or of the European Free Trade Association (exceptions can be made In line with Article V.107 of the Codex);
  • have full civil and political rights;
  • conduct themselves in a manner that Is consistent with the requirements of the function;
  • comply with conscription law requirements;
  • possess the physical fitness required for the function.

Duties and responsibilities

The postgraduate Curatorial Studies programme, organised by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) of University College, Ghent University, and the Museum of Contemporary Art S.M.A.K., seeks to appoint a part-time (20%) Curatorial Studies (CS) Fellow, Parallel Projects starting on 1 January 2019. This is a new position based at KASK aimed at strengthening curatorial practice within the Curatorial Studies programme and increasing its national and international profile.

Curatorial Studies is an intensive one-year postgraduate programme taught in English, attracting 15 to 20 highly qualified students per year, many of them with international backgrounds. Established in 1999, it is the only postgraduate curatorial programme in Belgium, benefitting from a unique collaboration between KASK, Ghent University, and S.M.A.K. Curatorial Studies students follow theoretical as well as practical courses covering art and exhibition histories, art collections, audiences and learning, conservation and contemporary curatorial theories.

Each year, in June or July, Curatorial Studies students collectively organise a public curatorial project in parallel to the programme’s curriculum. The CS Fellow will be responsible for managing all aspects of the parallel project for the coming two academic years, 2018-19 and 2019-20. In summer 2018, Curatorial Studies students took part in the large-scale group exhibition Somewhere in Between at BOZAR, Brussels. In summer 2019, the project will be a group exhibition in Ghent in partnership with Ghent University and art@CMS at CERN.

The CS Fellow will oversee the parallel project from idea development to its realisation and dismantling. Under the CS Fellow’s mentorship, students will be exposed to often undervalued aspects of exhibition-making, including fundraising and budget management, communication and audience development.

Since the parallel project does not carry formal academic points within the Curatorial Studies curriculum, the CS Fellow is free to design a course tailored to her/his own interests and to the project’s specific requirements. While the 2019 project has already been selected, the CS Fellow is expected to design and coordinate the 2020 project – which can take any form, in Belgium or elsewhere – from scratch.

The CS Fellow will be considered a full member of the Curatorial Studies teaching staff and expected to play an active role in supporting and promoting Curatorial Studies.

Competence Requirements

Essential

  • 5-7 years of curatorial experience, including management of complex public art projects
  • Pedagogical experience within a higher education context, university or art school
  • Intimate knowledge of the Belgian and Benelux contemporary art scenes
  • Broad international network including art institutions, artists and curators
  • Conversant with current contemporary art debates, theories and discourses
  • Fluent in English, both written and oral
  • Fundraising experience from public as well as private sources
  • Student-focused, with a commitment to educational best practices
  • Team player, at ease working collectively and collaboratively

Desirable

  • Fluent English/Dutch, with knowledge of a third language
  • Master degree or equivalent in an art-related field
  • Essays and/or articles in specialised art publications
  • Editing/copy-editing experience, particularly for art publications (catalogues, monographs)

Salary

The CS Fellow will be appointed at the rank of guest professor at the 512 level of the Flemish salary scale, more information about which can be accessed here https://data-onderwijs.vlaanderen.be/salaris/schalen/

Benefits of the job include free commute via public transport or bicycle allowance, 36 vacation days per full calendar year for a full-time employment, a flexible teaching schedule, a staff card with additional benefits, and a stimulating working environment.

Appointment

Recruitment will be made at 20% of a full-time job within the Fine Arts department of KASK-Royal Conservatory, the School of Arts of the University College Ghent. The position is offered on a fixed-term contract, from 01.01.2019 to 30.09.2019. Pending successful evaluation, the postholder would be renewed for another one-year period, until 30.09.2020.

Application

Candidates are invited to upload their complete application ­– addressed to Wim De Temmerman, Dean of KASK-Royal Conservatory – via https://hogent.be/vacatures by Sunday 18 November 2018. Applications should include a letter of motivation, a full CV and a max. 2-page outline of a possible parallel project for summer 2020, with indicative budget and timeline.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview on 5 December 2018. Final selection will be based on the suitability of the candidate’s qualities and skills to the stated criteria, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, origin or disability.

For informal inquiries please contact Antony Hudek, Curatorial Studies programme director: antony.hudek@hogent.be

University College Ghent wishes to reflect the society it works for in the best possible way. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their professional qualities and skills, regardless of gender, ethnicity or handicap.