January 12, 2014 - Hordaland Art Centre - Seeking new Director
January 12, 2014

Seeking new Director

Seeking new Director

Application deadline: 1 February 2014
Start date: 1 March 2014, or as soon as possible after this date

Hordaland Art Centre
Klosteret 17
PB 1745 Nordnes
5816 Bergen


Norway’s leading art centre is looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic person to further develop our strong profile; representing continuity as well as new ideas. Fixed-term four years full time, with the possibility to extend for further four years. 

After leading Hordaland Art Centre for six years, widening our networks, implementing a highly successful programme and a collaborative and productive working environment, Director Anne Szefer Karlsen ends her six-year term in 2014. 

We welcome applications from those that have a relevant postgraduate degree in the arts; knowledge of contemporary art practices and can demonstrate a strong curatorial practice as well as the ability to lead and develop Hordaland Art Centre in the future. 

The Director has the full artistic and administrative responsibility for the Art Centre, as well as overseeing the staff (today including Coordinator/Exhibition producer, Information and public programmes, Accountant, Receptionists and Technicians). As our new Director, you will be instrumental in shaping the strategic direction of Hordaland Art Centre, its programme and collaborations. Hordaland Art Centre is in a strong position with a highly valued profile. You will need to be able to build on the current achievements and be in a position to develop the capacity of the Art Centre.  

If you have a different first language, you must be willing to learn Norwegian. The Director will live in Bergen.  

For further information about the position, please follow this link.
For further questions, please contact Alain Ayers, Chair of the Board, and Anne Szefer Karlsen, current Director, at vacancy [​at​] kunstsenter.no

Applications should consist of a statement that summarises your interest in this post (no more than two pages) and an updated CV in one PDF, sent to vacancy [​at​] kunstsenter.no by midnight, 1 February 2014. 

Applications will be considered in confidence.
Interviews will be conducted in Bergen, Norway on Wednesday 26 February 2014.

Hordaland Art Centre in Bergen was established by the Bildende Kunstneres Forening Hordaland (BKFH) and Norske kunsthåndverkere Vest-Norge (NKVN) in 1976 as the first artist-run art centre in Norway. It receives its core funding from Hordaland County Council, and is an active member of the network organisation Association of Art Centres in Norway. 

Its activities are based around the exhibition programme with equal emphasis on seminars, presentations and dialogue. Since 1987 Hordaland Art Centre has been hosting a residency programme, open to international artists, curators, writers and other art professionals. Hordaland Art Centre bookshop carries a broad range of magazines and books dealing with contemporary art and culture, as well as our own publications published by ourselves or in collaboration. 

Hordaland Art Centre also works with public art commissions (in collaboration with Public Art Norway), a regional and international ‘Outside’ programme (in collaboration with other institutions), has since 1983 collaborated with Bergen National Academy of Art and Desgin, and has an ongoing collaboration with the fifth-grade pupils at the neighbouring Nordnes Primary School. 

Hordaland Art Centre is situated in one of the oldest remaining school buildings in Bergen, where we focus on local commitment in an international every day.


Upcoming programme at Hordaland Art Centre:

Lands by Matt Bryans, curated by Matt Packer and Sam Basu, January–March.
The Structure and Properties of Matter, group exhibition curated by Åse Løvgren and Frans Jacobi, March–June. 
Solo exhibition with Filipa César, curated by Kjersti Solbakken, June–August.

Book launch: The Transmitter Show – Words at a Distance, with presentations by Randi Grov Berger, Anne Szefer Karlsen and Aaron Schuster, 11 February.
Book launch: Dublett – Toril Johannessen, with lecture by artist Banu Cennetoğlu, 14 February.
MA-weekend in collaboration with Bergen Academy of Art and Design, 14–16 March.


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