[artinfo] Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is seeking a Curator

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Curator, Len Lye Collection

The Curator is responsible for all aspects of the care and use of the Len 
Lye Collection, housed at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, in New Plymouth, 
New Zealand. The position will also include significant responsibility for 
the origination, organisation and direction of exhibitions and planning for 
permanent display of the collection and the film work of Len Lye. The 
position is permanent and fulltime.

Len Lye (1901- 1980) was a pioneer film maker and kinetic artist of 
international standing. His films are recognised as groundbreaking work in 
animation and his kinetic sculptures have been exhibited and bought by 
major institutions in the United States and Europe. Just before his death 
in 1980 Lye bequeathed his collection to the people of his native New Zealand.

The Len Lye collection is held in trust by the Len Lye Foundation, in 
partnership with the New Plymouth District Council, at the Govett-Brewster 
Art Gallery. The Gallery was founded in 1969, with the deed of funds by a 
member of the community, Monica Brewster (nee Govett). The Govett-Brewster 
is the leading New Zealand contemporary art museum with an international 
exhibition programme focused on art from the Pacific Rim.

- Accession, catalogue and rehouse the collection consisting of Len Lye's 
kinetic sculpture, paintings, photographs and works on paper and his studio 
collection and extensive archive.
- Establish and implement registration and transport procedures for control 
of the collection and to provide access for research and exhibition loans.
- Maintain relationships with key Lye scholars, institutions with Lye 
interests and curators to provide research access and logistical support to 
- Contribute research, access support and advice to the project for 
permanent display of the collection and Lye's film works (held at the New 
Zealand Film Archive).
- Undertake original Lye research and contribute to international 
scholarship on Lye.
- Develop the Lye related resources at the Gallery.
- Direct publication projects associated with the collection.
- Deal with enquiries about the collection and Lye's film works.

Minimum Qualifications
Education and training: Advanced degree in art history with an emphasis on 
experimental film and/or kinetic art practice in the early 20th century, 
preferably including a strong knowledge of Len Lye
Work Experience: Five years experience in curatorial work associated with a 
museum collection
Skills and Abilities: Excellent writing skills, collection management 
skills, project management skills. Demonstrated creativity and innovation 
in interpretation and presentation of artworks.

Working Conditions:
Physical Demands: Ability to lift 25 kgs
Special Environmental Factors: Isolated working space in collection storage

Closing Date for Applications: 26 November 2004.
Application Process: Please contact Human Resources at the New Plymouth 
District Council for an application form, the full job description and 
information about the terms of employment. Contacts: carolm at npdc.govt.nz 
,ph +64 6 759 6060. New Plymouth District Council Private Bag 2025, New 
Plymouth New Zealand.

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