Seeking new Director

Seeking new Director

Bergen Kunsthall

Marianne Heier, Vima, 2012. Installation view; outside Bergen Kunsthall. Photo: Einride Torvik.
January 24, 2013
Seeking new Director

Application deadline: 4 March 2013

Bergen Kunsthall
Rasmus Meyers allé 5
5015 Bergen

[email protected]

Bergen Kunsthall is one of Scandinavia’s most prominent institutions for contemporary art, housed in its own building designed by the architect Ole Landmark in 1936. Through close cooperation with artists, writers, researchers and other cultural actors Bergen Kunsthall is an active participant in social debate and international contemporary art discourse.

Over the past decade Bergen Kunsthall has built up an ambitious, internationally recognized exhibition programme that ranges from curated group exhibitions to extensive solo exhibitions of works by some of the leading contemporary artists of our time. Since 2003 the institution has been headed by the director Solveig Øvstebø. Since Øvstebø will be taking over the leadership of The Renaissance Society in Chicago from 1 June 2013, Bergen Kunsthall is now seeking a new director.

Bergen Kunsthall shows about twelve exhibitions a year. Almost all these exhibitions are in-house productions created specifically for the exhibition spaces of the Kunsthall. The exhibition areas are distributed over four large main halls, the project space NO.5 and Landmark—a flexible space for film, video, performance, concerts, lectures and clubs with over 240 events a year. In February 2013 Bergen Kunsthall completed an extensive rebuilding, which has provided important new options, among other things our own art and book shop and a dedicated presentation space for children and the young.

During the past decade the institution has substantially strengthened its finances thanks to steadily increasing public appropriations and our own revenues. Today foreseeable public funding makes up 60% of the operating budget.
We are looking for a director with great expertise, independence and creativity with the ability to develop Bergen Kunsthall further. You must have a higher education in the art field or a similar disciplinary background, institutional and management experience within the field of contemporary art and a broad international network. The director is both the artistic and the administrative leader of the institution and must have an understanding of both financial and human resource administration, as well as work in relation to public and private support actors.

Our new directorwill lead a knowledgeable, flexible and result-oriented staff of ten. We want a leader who can mark out a direction for the Kunsthall and who is at the same time good at teamwork, cooperation and communication.

As our director you must live in Bergen. If you have a different first language you must be willing to learn Norwegian.

The director is responsible to the Board of Bergen Kunsthall. The position has a set term of four years. Salary and other conditions by agreement.

If you would like information about the post and about Bergen Kunsthall, contact the Chairman of the Board, Martin Smith-Sivertsen, or the acting managing director Stein-Inge Århus: T +47 55 55 93 11 / [email protected].

The application deadline is 4 March.
Send your application to [email protected]
We aim at initiating interviews from 19 March.
Applications will be considered in confidence.

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