July 27, 2005 - Govett-Brewster Art Gallery - seeks new Director
July 27, 2005

seeks new Director

seeks new Director
Deadline for application: 4 September, 2005

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery 


For further info on the position go to: www.newplymouthnz.com/employment

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealands leading contemporary art museum and home to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye. Since opening in 1970 the Gallery has been committed to developing a contemporary art museum that is recognised internationally for its global vision and special commitment to contemporary art of the countries of the Pacific Rim.

In its buildings, the Gallery maintains and develops a contemporary art collection, operates an international artist residency programme and presents a diverse programme of exhibitions and events. Through publications and other programmes that extend beyond its walls, the Gallery also aims to foster the development and interpretation of contemporary art within contemporary culture.

The Gallery is managed through the New Plymouth District Council and is further supported by the Govett-Brewster Foundation. The Gallery and the Council also have a partnership with the Len Lye Foundation to manage the collection and archive of Len Lye. The Director of the Gallery is also a Trustee of the Len Lye Foundation by virtue of office.

Recently the Council and Len Lye Foundation formed a new partnership with the aim of developing the Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, a new stand alone art museum dedicated to Len Lye to be co-located with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. The partnership is manifest through the Len Lye Committee of the Council, which has equal membership from the Council and the Foundation.

The incumbent Gallery Director Greg Burke is due to leave in August to take up the position of Director of The Power Plant in Toronto.

Director Profile
We are seeking a Director to advance New Zealands leading contemporary art museum and to work with the New Plymouth District Council and Len Lye Foundation to achieve the Len Lye Centre.
The Director will:
Provide visionary leadership and artistic, strategic and financial direction for the Gallery.
Manage the Gallerys resources to strengthen the gallerys national and international profile.
Be the lead museum professional in the development of the Len Lye Centre, working with the New Plymouth District Council and Len Lye Foundation.
Work with the Govett-Brewster Foundation and staff to develop corporate, private foundation, government and cultural agency sponsorships and partnerships to grow revenue for the gallery.
Have a passion for and knowledge of contemporary art and curatorial practice and stimulate and promote excellence and innovation in the Gallerys programs, including its exhibition, publication and educational activities.
Have a proven record of working effectively with Councils and/or Boards and of managing and leading a team of staff.
Have proven leadership ability in all aspects of a public gallery operation, strong interpersonal and communication skills, excellent curatorial skills, a proven customer focus and a record of success in fundraising.
Salary negotiable depending on the successful candidates qualifications and experience.

Deadline for submitting applications: 4 September 2005.

Information about the application process is available upon request by email at hr@npdc.govt.nz

To discuss the position contact Barbara McKerrow, New Plymouth District Council at
ph 64 6 759 6060
Applications should be sent to the following address:

New Plymouth District Council
Private Bag 2025
New Plymouth

Attention: Human Resources

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