30 September 2020

Opportunity Description

The Department of Fine Arts is seeking a Workshop and Studio Assistant. The successful applicant will be employed as a Workshop and Studio Assistant to support the Fine Arts teaching program. The role is focused on providing dedicated support to staff members and students in sculpture, painting, drawing, and installation, as part of the Fine Arts undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. The Workshop and Studio Assistant proactively provides support to the teaching program by preparing and managing studio and workshop spaces and equipment; and by assisting with sculpture making processes. The incumbent interacts daily with students, staff and administration within the Department and School.

The main purpose of this position/job is:

  • To provide hands-on assistance in the sculpture program, and in the Fine Arts studios in general, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and post graduate studios.
  • To ensure that all studio and workshop tasks associated with the Fine Arts degrees are handled efficiently and effectively;
  • To provide support to academic and support staff members of the Department of Fine Arts in the delivery of the academic programme in studio and workshop spaces;
  • To fully support the program through their work in keeping studios functioning at a high level of efficiency;
  • To contribute to and promote the fine arts programme in a professional manner.
  • To ensure the professional handling and running of the workshop and studio spaces.


  • To assist with the preparation of studio and workshop spaces for teaching;
  • To prepare materials and equipment necessary for the delivery of the academic programme, for example, those related to sculpture (clay, Plaster of Paris, Ciment Fondu, armatures, etc.) and painting projects (easels, boards etc);
  • To support the teaching program with their hard skills in one or more of the following: casting, mold making, welding, ceramics, carpentry; exhibition installation.
  • Cutting, measuring and drilling, using hand tools and specialised tools in the workshop;
  • Taking responsibility for the lockers in studios and workshops;
  • Ordering and monitoring stocks of materials and studio/workshop functions and informing line manager and administrative staff of needs;
  • Simple repairs and maintenance of studio or workshop equipment and spaces;
  • Knowledgeable about storing of equipment and materials;
  • To act as the Occupational Health and Safety Officer in the Fine Arts Department.


  • Hard skills in one or more of the following: casting, mould-making, welding, ceramics, carpentry, exhibition installation.
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team and to work under pressure, take initiative and solve problems;
  • Experience in arts studio and/or workshop, i.e. an understanding of arts practices, and the daily running of a studio / workshop / foundry / casting works / ceramics studio / arts installation, is a distinct advantage;
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills, both spoken and written;
  • Excellent time-management skill;
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills.


  • Matric
  • 3-5 years relevant experience in any of the abovementioned studio / workshop environments.
  • Post matric qualification and skills certificates in a relevant area would be an advantage.

*The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the under-represented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. Designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, as amended, means black people, women and people with disabilities.

WITS Employment Equity Policy: https://www.wits.ac.za/media/wits-university/footer/about wits/transformation-office/documents/Policy%20-%20Employment%20Equity.pdf

Please note that only applications via the website will be considered for shortlisting.
The University reserves the right to verify all information provided by candidates and to verify credit standing. Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with short-listed candidates.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a letter of motivation – clearly indicating which position you are applying for, detailed CV and the names and contact details of three referees (incl. e-mail addresses).

Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/”Apply for a job”

External applicants are invited to apply, by registering a profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za and submitting your application.