- Job posted on: 22nd Sep 2021
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Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation (MACAC) is a non-profit, Indigenous owned and governed art and culture centre located on the remote island of Yurrwi (Milingimbi) off the coast of East Arnhem Land. MACAC’s mandate is to serve the community in which it operates. Art making is an expression of Yolŋu Rom (Law) and also affords multiple benefits to artists and their families. Artworks from Milingimbi have been widely collected since the 1920s and feature in numerous prominent collections.
We celebrate and encourage the expression of Yolŋu culture through the arts, and support the continuation of cultural and artistic practice by established and emerging Yolŋu artists. We facilitate this through developing and maintaining a commercially viable arts enterprise which provides a diverse range of cultural and economic opportunities for both individuals and the community as a whole.
In addition to our successful weaving and painting programs, we have established the interconnected Djalkiri Keeping Place, a digital community collection that inspires artistic development and cultural practice and is at the heart of all of our projects. We work closely with a number of public collecting institutions that support the development of contemporary art projects and the inclusion of Yolŋu voices in historical collections.
Our organisation is strong, recognised for its artistic and cultural excellence and maintains a clear developmental trajectory.
This position is responsible for: training of Yolŋu arts workers; development of art work for sale; coordination of harvesting of materials; and assisting the Art Centre Manager with sales and administration including marketing and management of our website, blog posts, social media accounts and regular newsletter.
A key function of this position is to assist the Art Centre Manager to effectively communicate with stakeholders, and support opportunities for Yolŋu members that are grounded in cultural practice and have strong economic outcomes.
The Studio Coordinator plays a key role in assisting with the smooth operation of the organisation. Working alongside Yolŋu gallery and studio staff, the Studio Coordinator is responsible for assisting in delivering programs, maintaining the Art Centre’s database, sales and marketing activity in line with the MACAC Business Plan. The Studio Coordinator is responsible for generating appropriate communications that reflect the values of our organisation and result in positive economic opportunities for our artists.
This position requires a multi-skilled, team-oriented person with excellent skills in customer relations. It is suited to a self-motivated, dynamic, highly organised person. In addition to sales and marketing, the position also entails staff mentoring, capacity building in gallery operations, and ensuring high quality artwork is strategically created and managed as per the Business Plan. Before applying please consider that this role requires living in a difficult physical environment and navigating confronting social, political and cross-cultural issues.
NOTE: As MACAC does not have dedicated accommodation for this position the role is suitable for someone already living in Milingimbi or has an existing relationship with the applicant for the Manager position and can share accommodation. If you do not have existing accomodation in the community we will only accept joint applications (Manager and Studio Coordinator). Please indicate if you are applying as a partnership. Please contact us to discuss.
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The Milingimbi Art and Culture Studio Coordinator is primarily responsible for generating commercial sales for MACAC. They coordinate the logistics of the MACAC exhibition program, building and maintaining relationships with galleries, collectors and the Milingimbi Art and Culture staff and artists. The Studio Coordinator also supports the Manager in general administration and planning. A supportive team player with excellent cross-cultural skills, the Studio Coordinator helps build the capacity and skills of Yolŋu staff in gallery operations, and contributes to the overall commercial success of Milingimbi Art and Culture Centre.
Reports directly to the Manager.
HOURS - 22.5 hours per week (pro rata)
Although this is not an essential requirement of the position, applicants who have previous experience working in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities will be highly regarded. This is a unique opportunity to work with a strong Yolŋu organisation and ensure its continued success in maintaining cultural development that aligns with economic outcomes for Yolŋu.
A position description is attached.