3 positions at Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town

Zeitz MOCAA is currently preparing for the museum’s opening in September. As part of these preparations, Zeitz MOCAA’s Collection Management and Exhibition Registration team is working closely with the museum’s curators to implement the curatorial strategy, including the installation of all exhibitions in the permanent collection galleries, temporary exhibition galleries, the sculpture garden, and the Centres for Art Education, Curatorial Excellence, Performative Practice, Photography, the Moving Image, and the Costume Institute.

1. Assistant Preparator

Department: Collection Management and Exhibition Registration
Duration: Permanent
Reporting to: Registrar
Start date: Immediate
Salary: R 144,000 per annum. R12,000 per month. (Full cost to company with all deductions, including Pay as You Earn, Unemployment Insurance Fund Contributions, health insurance, and any other government mandated deductions, withheld from this amount).

Purpose of the job

Working closely with the Registrar, Assistant Registrar, and Preparator, the Assistant Preparator is responsible for the handling, installation, preparation, and packing of all artworks that are exhibited or stored by the museum.

Key responsibilities:

  1. Install artworks in the museum’s galleries for the permanent collection display, special exhibitions, the sculpture garden, and projects in the museum’s six centres.
  2. Move art objects within the museum building for the purposes of gallery installations, packing and shipping, photography, conservation, special events, and other purposes as required.
  3. Assist with the building of exhibition furniture and exhibition design objects as necessary.
  4. Assist with local and national collections and deliveries of art objects on behalf of Zeitz MOCAA.
  5. Unpack incoming loans and acquisitions and pack outgoing loans.
  6. Work with third-party framing company to frame and unframe two-dimensional works.
  7. Assist with the building of a museum storage system, including shelving, drawers, picture racking, object racking, storage mounts, and storage housing for objects in the permanent collection or on long-term loan to the museum.
  8. Assist the Preparator to ensure that artworks are placed in their correct location in artwork storage and this location is reported to the Registrar or Assistant Registrar.
  9. Maintain collections storage areas to ensure the safety of the art, including cleaning and regular inspection.
  10. Assist Registrar and Assistant Registrar with the specialized handling or installation needs of various works of art.
  11. Assist in the continued development and refinement of current installation procedures.
  12. Keep workspaces well organized, well supplied, and inform Registrar or Assistant Registrar of any equipment that needs to be procured.
  13. Make local supply purchases and equipment rentals as needed.
  14. Develop familiarity with the permanent collection and artworks on long term loan to the museum.
  15. Work together with all staff members to realise a world class Professional and Patrons Preview and public opening in September 2017.
  16. Complete other tasks as necessary.

Person specification

This role focuses on the handling of artworks and the building of exhibition furniture and designs, requiring an individual with a high standard of accuracy and consistency. The Assistant Preparator will be required to work successfully under pressure.

Required experience and skills

  1. Completion of a Grade 12 education.
  2. Experience in art handling and preparation for a museum, gallery, university, art mover, or similar institution, or equivalent experience.
  3. Basic knowledge of installation methods and of handling, packing and storage practices related to the exhibition, transportation, and the preservation of art.
  4. Knowledge and experience of operating hand and power fabrication tools and manipulating materials such as wood, chipboard, and plastic.
  5. Experience painting interiors.
  6. Ability to communicate effectively and work well with external service providers.
  7. Attention to detail.
  8. Ability to work independently and deliver work on time.
  9. Effective problem solving skills.
  10. Basic computer skills, including the use of Microsoft Office applications, email services and the internet as well as a willingness to learn new computer skills as required.
  11. Flexible working hours when installation schedule requires it.

Desirable

  1. Basic knowledge of collections management practices and experience in their application.
  2. Passionate about contemporary art and design from Africa and its Diaspora.

As a cutting edge equal opportunity institution, Zeitz MOCAA celebrates diversity in all its forms including gender, race, creed, and orientation. To apply, please email a letter of motivation, CV, and two references to owen.martin@zeitzmocaa.museum by Thursday, 8 June 2017.

 

2. Assistant Registrar

Department: Collection Management and Exhibition Registration
Duration: Permanent
Reporting to: Registrar
Start date: Immediate
Salary: R 240,000 per annum. R20,000 per month. (Full cost to company with all deductions, including Pay as You Earn, Unemployment Insurance Fund Contributions, health insurance, and any other government mandated deductions, withheld from this amount).

Purpose of the job

Working closely with the Registrar, the Assistant Registrar will ensure that all objects in Zeitz MOCAA’s Permanent Collection and collections and objects on loan to the museum are handled, stored, transported, and exhibited in an environment and manner conducive to the preservation of art. They will oversee the installation and de-installation of all exhibitions in the museum and continue the development of a digital database that provides clear and effective information for all museum staff.

Key responsibilities

  1. Support the Registrar to manage the installation and de-installation process of all exhibitions, including overseeing the receiving, unpacking, and packing of artworks; overseeing the hanging and placement of artwork; overseeing the carpentry of exhibition structures; overseeing spackling and painting; overseeing the handling of artworks on loan and permanent collections; overseeing the lighting of exhibitions; overseeing the matting and framing of artworks; and managing the pick-up and delivery of artwork.
  2. Completion of condition reporting for all incoming and outgoing artworks, including determining that no damage or deterioration to objects has occurred while in transit or while on display and appropriately reporting if any damage or deterioration has occurred.
  3. Processing of all incoming and outgoing loan requests in consultation with the Registrar and museum curators.
  4. Assist with the creation of museum guidelines outlining acceptable object handling, transportation and storage.
  5. Management of a master calendar of all installation, de-installation and exhibition dates.
  6. Monitoring of artwork handling by the installation crews, Preparator, and Assistant Preparator during installation and de-installation.
  7. Courier high value or fragile objects when loaned to other institutions.
  8. Create object labels as required for exhibitions.
  9. Manage the photographic documentation of all exhibitions and artworks in Zeitz MOCAA’s Permanent Collection and collections and objects on long-term loan to the museum in consultation with the Registrar.
  10. Update records of Zeitz MOCAA’s Permanent Collection and all collections and objects on loan to the museum on the appropriate database.
  11. Assist the Registrar in the creation of condition reports for all objects in the collection.
  12. Assist the Registrar in managing the museum’s artwork insurance policy, including updating the fiscal values of all objects in the collection on an annual basis so that objects are insured at current values
  13. Work closely with the museum curators and Registrar to determine that all environmental factors, including humidity, temperature, air quality and lux levels, are kept within an acceptable range for the preservation of artwork and per museum standards. Inform Registrar if levels need to be adjusted.
  14. Create weekly reports of environmental conditions throughout museum and file in archive.
  15. Prepare reports detailing material qualities and preservation requirements of potential acquisitions for review of the Acquisition Committee.
  16. Oversee the matting and framing of artworks as required.
  17. Assist with the implementation of Zeitz MOCAA’s pest control programme as required.
  18. Monitor cleaning procedures in galleries so that artworks are not at risk of being damaged by cleaning staff and cleaning staff are protected from harm.
  19. Oversee the general cleaning, waxing, glazing and protection of artworks on display and in storage in consultation with the Registrar.
  20. Manage the copyright procedures for reproduction, including seeking sign off of all artwork reproductions used in museum publications, museum marketing and the museum’s online presence, including websites and social media.
  21. Assist in maintaining an archive of all digital and physical collateral related to each artist held in Zeitz MOCAA’s collections, including publicity materials, artist research, artist notes and other materials.
  22. Assist with the travel arrangements of couriers, artists and curators travelling to or from Zeitz MOCAA.
  23. Work together with all staff members to realise a world class Professional and Patrons Preview and public opening in September 2017.
  24. Complete all additional responsibilities as assigned or required by role.

Person specification

This role focuses on the preservation and exhibition of objects in Zeitz MOCAA’s Permanent Collection and collections and objects on loan to the museum, requiring an individual with a high standard of organisation, accuracy, and consistency. The selected Assistant Registrar will be required to work independently on variety of responsibilities that fulfil the mandate of the Collection Management and Exhibition Registration team and of Zeitz MOCAA. They should be a good communicator with a focused, professional manner.

Required experience and skills

  1. Completion of an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in art history, museum studies, cultural heritage studies, archaeology, visual culture, or an equivalent qualification.
  2. Minimum of 3 years’ experience working within a cultural context.
  3. Experience working with a museum database programme, such as TMS or EmbARK.
  4. Knowledge and application of collections management practices coupled with basic knowledge of conservation principles and techniques.
  5. Knowledge and experience of artwork installation methods, artwork handling, packing and storage practices related to exhibition, transportation, and the preservation of art objects.
  6. Strong administration and coordination skills, with a methodical approach and attention to detail.
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  8. Excellent research skills.
  9. Ability to work independently and deliver work within the agreed timeframes.
  10. Effective problem solving skills.
  11. Flexible working hours when installation schedule requires it.
  12. Strong computer skills, including the use of Microsoft Office applications, email services and the internet as well as a willingness to learn new computer skills as required.
  13. Passionate and knowledgeable about contemporary culture from Africa and its Diaspora.

Desirable

  1. Knowledge of art history.
  2. Completion of a graduate degree, such as a Masters of Arts (MA) in art history, museum studies, cultural heritage studies, archaeology, visual culture, or an equivalent qualification.

As a cutting edge equal opportunity institution, Zeitz MOCAA celebrates diversity in all its forms including gender, race, creed, and orientation. To apply, please email a letter of motivation, CV, and two references to owen.martin@zeitzmocaa.museum by Thursday, 8 June 2017.

 

3. Preparator

Department: Collection Management and Exhibition Registration
Duration: Permanent
Reporting to: Registrar
Start date: Immediate
Salary: R 168,000 per annum. R14,000 per month. (Full cost to company with all deductions, including Pay as You Earn, Unemployment Insurance Fund Contributions, health insurance, and any other government mandated deductions, withheld from this amount).

Purpose of the job

Working closely with the Registrar and Assistant Registrar, the Preparator is responsible for the handling, installation, preparation, and packing of all artworks that are exhibited or stored by the museum. This position assists with the exhibition design of all exhibitions, projects, and displays.

Key responsibilities

  1. Install artworks in the museum’s galleries for the permanent collection display, special exhibitions, the sculpture garden, and projects in the museum’s six centres.
  2. Move art objects within the museum building for the purposes of gallery installations, packing and shipping, photography, conservation, special events, and other purposes as required.
  3. Build exhibition furniture and exhibition design objects as necessary.
  4. Assist with local and national collections and deliveries of art objects on behalf of Zeitz MOCAA.
  5. Unpack incoming loans and acquisitions and pack outgoing loans.
  6. Work with third-party framing company to frame and unframe two-dimensional works.
  7. Assist with the building of a museum storage system, including shelving, drawers, picture racking, object racking, storage mounts, and storage housing for objects in the permanent collection or on long-term loan to the museum.
  8. Ensure that artworks are placed in their correct location in artwork storage and this location is reported to the Registrar or Assistant Registrar.
  9. Maintain collections storage areas to ensure the safety of the art, including cleaning and regular inspection.
  10. Assist Registrar and Assistant Registrar with the specialized handling or installation needs of various works of art.
  11. Assist in the continued development and refinement of current installation procedures.
  12. Keep workspaces well organized, well supplied, and inform Registrar or Assistant Registrar of any equipment that needs to be procured.
  13. Make local supply purchases and equipment rentals as needed.
  14. Develop familiarity with the permanent collection and artworks on long term loan to the museum.
  15. Work together with all staff members to realise a world class Professional and Patrons Preview and public opening in September 2017.
  16. Complete other tasks as necessary.

Person specification

This role focuses on the handling of artwork and the building of exhibition furniture and designs, requiring an individual with a high standard of accuracy and consistency. The Preparator will be required to work successfully under pressure.

Required experience and skills

  1. Completion of a Grade 12 education.
  2. Experience in art handling and preparation for a museum, gallery, university, art mover, or similar institution.
  3. Knowledge of installation methods, design and engineering techniques, and of handling, packing and storage practices related to exhibition, transportation, and the preservation of art objects.
  4. Knowledge and experience of operating hand and power fabrication tools and manipulating materials such as wood, chipboard, and plastic.
  5. Experience painting interiors.
  6. Ability to communicate effectively and work well with external service providers.
  7. Attention to detail.
  8. Ability to work independently and deliver work on time.
  9. Effective problem solving skills.
  10. Basic computer skills, including the use of Microsoft Office applications, email services and the internet as well as a willingness to learn new computer skills as required.
  11. Flexible working hours when installation schedule requires it.

Desirable

  1. Basic knowledge of collections management practices and experience in their application.
  2. Passionate about contemporary art and design from Africa and its Diaspora.

As a cutting edge equal opportunity institution, Zeitz MOCAA celebrates diversity in all its forms including gender, race, creed, and orientation. To apply, please email a letter of motivation, CV, and two references to owen.martin@zeitzmocaa.museum by Thursday, 8 June 2017.

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