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Studio Assistant - Gunbalayna

Injalak Arts and Crafts Aboriginal Corporation
  • Salary: $65,000 plus superannuation, accommodation, allowances and above award conditions
  • Location: Gunbalayna
  • Contract: 6 month contract (renewable)
  • Travel: Gunbalanya community, West Arnhem Land, NT (with frequent local and some regional travel) You may be required to travel to regional and interstate industry events, supporting the artists to attend and participate
  • Starting mid January

About the role

The Studio Assistant (SA) is part of a small, dynamic team that ensures the smooth operations of Injalak Arts. The SA focuses on supporting artists and staff in the facilitation of quality art and product outcomes.

About the art centre

Injalak Arts & Craft Aboriginal Corporation is celebrating 31 years as an established art centre run by an indigenous Board of Directors. This work continues at the foot of Injalak Hill, which holds some of the most significant rock art in the world and continues an art making tradition which is over 65,000 years old. Injalak’s artists create paintings on paper and bark, carvings, weavings, textile design and screen-printing, multimedia projects and much more. The art centre offers important opportunities for the people of Gunbalanya and surrounding homelands not only in terms of employment and other economic development, but social, cultural, health and wellbeing. The art centre is internationally renowned for it’s representation of Kunwinjku traditions.

Team members have core duties but are also flexible and multi-task so as to assist each other as required/directed to ensure the smooth functioning of the art centre. There can be significant seasonal impacts on time allocation to tasks.

For questions about the position please contact the CEO by emailing:

[email protected] using the subject line: Studio Assistant - Gunbalayna enquiry via EthicalJobs

Studio Assistant Duties and Responsibilities:

Art and Cultural Services

  • Support artists in artwork facilitation
  • Supervise and/or support CDP participants as required
  • Supporting artists – bush trips, mentoring, exhibitions and art fairs
  • Maintain and regularly update artists’ biographies and awards
  • Photographing and editing and uploading documentation of artworks and training indigenous staff in these tasks
  • Artwork handling and development and maintenance of art work storage solutions

Sales & Art Promotion

  • Support retail activities and staff as directed/required including cataloguing, packing, freighting of artwork
  • Manage Injalak website maintenance and continuous improvement as directed
  • Support and facilitate exhibition program development and art prize entries including preparing accompanying promotional/educational material


  • Support good practice administrative procedures including: correspondence, communication with partners and customers, etc as required
  • Responsibility for maintenance of al lInjalak vehicle(s) with bininj staff
  • Support the maintenance of all art centre buildings and grounds
  • Participate in administrative staff meetings
  • Support projects as required
  • Support the use of the SAM database in the art centre

Oversight of Multimedia Space

  • Supervise, monitor and maintain audiovisual and IT equipment in the space
  • Support multimedia team: arts workers/members with training and capacity building
  • Supporting media projects


  • Coordinate and support special projects as directed
  • Participate in staff meetings
  • Assist with general requests for information
  • Assist with artwork buying and admin as required
  • Participate in overall strategic and operational planning
  • Travel with artists for exhibitions, art fairs and events
  • Support the sale of artworks.

Other duties as may be directed from time to time. Support other staff tasks as required/requested.



  1. Tertiary qualifications and/or equivalent work experience in the arts or related industry
  2. An understanding of contemporary Aboriginal art practice or the broader visual arts and crafts industry
  3. Ability to engage staff in collaborative work environments
  4. Ability to critically assess art and recognise and nurture artistic talent
  5. Ability to multitask and work in a high-pressure environment
  6. Proven written and oral communications skills as well as proficient IT skills and ability to learn new software
  7. Proven capacity to live and work in a remote cross-cultural environment
  8. Experience in sales and arts marketing (or related)
  9. A current driver’s license, capability in remote area travel (4WD, Manual), ability to travel for extended periods


  1. Previous experience in indigenous art centre management
  2. Experience in community development and/or working in an inter-cultural context
  3. A current Ochre Card

The successful will be required to obtain a National Police clearance and Working with Children clearance – (on acceptance of position, and conditional to contract offer).

A position description is attached.

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