Head Curator, International Art

The National Gallery of Australia

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The National Gallery of Australia (the National Gallery) is one of Australia’s leading visual arts institutions. The National Gallery is based in Canberra and is a vital part of the Australian cultural landscape. Our purpose is to collect, preserve, promote and share the national collection of art. Our vision is to inspire creativity, inclusivity, engagement and learning through art and artists. Our mission is to lead a progressive national cultural agenda by championing art and its value in our lives. The National Gallery’s values include art for everyone, striving for excellence, creative engagement, courage and respect.

The position

The National Gallery of Australia is seeking a senior art museum professional to fill the position of Head Curator, International Art. The successful candidate will join the Gallery at a time when it is embarking upon a major transformation. Possessing extensive knowledge of art history and strong museum connections, you will be responsible for the Gallery’s international art collection and programs. To succeed you will be creative by nature and an innate team player, driven by a desire to make a major impact on the visual arts in Australia and internationally.


You will provide vision, direct policy and manage the International Art Department. You will support the National Gallery to fulfil its ambition of rethinking art from alternative geographies and multiple vantage points. This includes working within the Curatorial department, supporting the research and development of the National Gallery’s collection, contributing and supporting strategy and policy development.

In consultation with the Director and Assistant Director, Curatorial and Programs, you will set the priorities on the overall program for International Art at the National Gallery. There is opportunity to implement ambitious programs for acquisition, exhibition, interpretation, display, promotion, conservation and advocacy and direct priorities for the department and its staff.


This is a full-time, ongoing employment opportunity available within the International Art Department, Curatorial and Programs Portfolio. Salary is negotiable, commensurate with skills and experience.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this role you must submit a current resume/CV, the NGA Personal Particulars form and a brief statement of claims addressing the selection criteria (1–2 page pitch), which details your skills, experience and qualifications which are relevant to this position. Please note that the selection criteria do not need to be addressed individually. The job description and selection documentation are available on the NGA website – nga.gov.au/jobs

Closing date

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 2 February 2020 and should be emailed to recruitment@nga.gov.au.

Posted on January 6