11 January 2021

Opportunity Description

Employment Opportunity at Strauss & Co Fine Art Auctioneers

  • Job description: Art Cataloguer/Writer/Editor
  • Full-time post based at Strauss & Co offices, Newlands, Cape Town
  • To start: January 2021
  • Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Strauss & Co, the leading auctioneers of South African art, typically holds five live auctions and six to eight online auctions per year, dealing with art, decorative arts, furniture, jewellery and fine wine.

We are looking for a cataloguer/writer/editor to join the dynamic team in the Art Department of our Cape Town offices. The post would suit an art graduate with strong writing/editing skills, or a languages graduate with a deep interest in art.

Experience in the art, publishing, advertising or design fields will be an advantage.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Cataloguing artworks consigned to auction, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture and art books, identifying the artist and medium
  • Working closely with our art specialists, assisting on house visits, completing valuation documents and creating presentation slides
  • Writing catalogue texts on artworks
  • Editing and proofreading press releases, catalogue proofs and other in-house documents
  • Liaising with Strauss client advisory, logistics and administrative staff
  • Liaising with freelance artwork photographers
  • Editing and uploading images of artworks for auctions
  • Other duties and projects as may arise including evening and weekend work for the auctions


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably with visual arts, design and/or languages subjects
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written fluency in English)
  • Must be a self-motivated team player who is flexible and willing to rise to a challenge
  • Must show initiative and be able to work independently
  • Must show attention to detail and work to the highest standards of accuracy
  • Must be able to work under pressure, to a deadline, and be able to deal with the unexpected
  • Strong computer literacy in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook
  • Driver’s licence and access to own transport


  • Knowledge of art mediums and ability to recognise media used by artists
  • Knowledge of South African 20th century and Contemporary local and international art
  • Proficiency in Photoshop or Corel Photo-Paint

How to Apply

Email the following documents in a single pdf to bina@straussart.co.za

  • Covering letter
  • Copy of ID or passport
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Certificates and academic transcripts of qualifications