Art Centre Manager – Warlayirti Artists

Application Close Date: 14/08/2017
Desart Inc
Submitted by: Jasper Coleman North West

Established in 1987, Warlayirti Artists is located in Wirrimanu (Balgo Community) on the edges of the Tanami and Great Sandy deserts, 300 km south of Halls Creek in WA. The art centre represents some 200 contemporary artists, including renowned artists Helicopter Tjungurrayi, Imelda Guguman and Theresa Nowee.

Warlayirti Artists is a multifunctional space with artists’ studios, large galleries, a cultural centre/keeping place, an archive of national significance, a professional recording studio and an outdoor venue for community events. The artists live in Wirrimanu, Kururrungku and Mulan and their art is charged by the cultural diversity of the seven languages of the region.

The Art Centre Manager will work closely with the Warlayirti Artists board of directors to lead the art centre, enabling good governance and business practices while building on the art centre’s artistic excellence. The role is responsible for operational and strategic aspects of the art centre, including governance and planning, sales and marketing, human resources, and finance and funding.

A proven record of positive artistic, social and economic impact, good business acumen, knowledge of Aboriginal art and its markets, as well as hands-on studio experience is essential. The position also requires a capacity to work effectively across cultures and a genuine commitment to Indigenous self-determination. Previous experience in a similar role will be highly regarded but is not essential.

The salary is $65,000 (cash component) and competitive benefits and allowances are offered.

The board of directors of Warlayirti Artists has engaged Desart to manage the recruitment of their new manager. The job package is available here or call Jasper at Desart on 08 8953 4736

How to apply for this job

Please supply the following information when applying for the position:

  • Brief covering letter setting out your interest in the position.
  • Statement addressing the Selection Criteria. Please note: applications that fail to address the Selection Criteria will not be considered.
  • A clear Curriculum Vitae that details relevant work history (please, no artist CVs).
  • Name and contact details of three work-related referees.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Jasper Coleman, Project Officer, Desart on (08) 8953 4736.

Applications must be received by Desart by 9.00 am (ACST) on Monday 14 August.