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Professional Attachment Program 2019

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Public Art Plan

The Public Art Plan 2021 establishes Council's vision for public art across the Gold Coast and provides a framework for public art commissioning and capacity building. Support for the development of local artists, through professional development opportunities such as mentoring is identified as a key priority under this plan.

To meet this need, the City is looking for Gold Coast based aspiring, emerging or mid-career public art practitioners (e.g. visual artists, curators or public art project managers) looking to expand their experience and learn from senior mentors through practical development opportunities. Individuals must have a genuine desire to establish new relationships with industry leaders, artists and peers, and a drive to accelerate their career opportunities.

In this professional attachment we are looking to place an individual in a roles with the potential to work on a mix of public art related activities including (but not limited to) curatorial assistance, project management support and mural delivery.

Host organisation: Art-Work Agency

Founded by Claudio Kirac and Paul Bow, Art-Work Agency (AWA) stems from a belief in doing good work with good people. At the heart, AWA is a multidisciplinary creative agency working within the fields of photography, design, art and consultation. Their industry experience in these areas spans over 20 years, and also extends to production and management. This combination of creative and business skills means that they have the capability to ‘tackle’ the big guns, and ‘play ball’ with the little league.

AWA work across a multitude of industries including fashion, lifestyle, food and drink and music. Cultural to corporate, their clients are based in both public and private sectors, ranging from subject matter experts to local councils. Their cross-discipline approach makes them well placed to adapt their services to be whatever is required.

The role

The successful applicant will be supported and mentored by senior personnel while assisting with the creative and/or delivery elements of a project.

The attachment will be a maximum of 40 days, requiring a part-time work commitment over a number of weeks/months. Days of work may be flexible depending on the needs of the project you are working on.

The duration of the attachment will be negotiated with the successful applicant, depending on the needs of the project, the availability of the mentors, and the nature of the assignment.

Visit SmartyGrants for additional information regarding the role and Senior Mentor.

Who can apply?

  • Emerging or mid-career artists or creative practitioners who have some experience working in a professional capacity.
  • Be over 18 years of age by the application due date.
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be a resident of the Gold Coast.

Funding available

A grant will be paid to the successful applicant to support their participation in the Program. The amount of the grant will be calculated using industry standard hourly/daily rates, and will depend on the nature of the assignment, the experience of the applicant, and the duration of the attachment.

Key dates

  • Applications close 21 July 2019 at midnight
  • Interviews conducted week commencing 22 July 2019
  • Final notifications by 31 July 2019.

Key documents

How to apply

Professional Attachment Program is a two-stage selection process. Applicants are first required to submit an application via Smarty Grants. Shortlisted applicants will then attend an interview as part of the final selection process.

Apply online via City of Gold Coast SmartyGrants.

All enquiries

Sam Creyton
Program Lead – Sector Development
Arts and Culture | Lifestyle and Community
City of Gold Coast
T: 07 5582 9220 | 0466 954 759
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