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China Professional Placements: MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific x OCAT Shanghai

OCAT’s programs focus on in-depth surveys, research, publication, and presentation of both individual artists and thematic group exhibitions.

Jan Dibbets (b.1941) Horizon – Sea I, II, and III, 1971. 2, 3, and 2 channel video projections, colour, no sound, unsynchronised. Featuring in LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video art, OCAT Shanghai, 2014. Curated by Kim Machan. Credit: MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific

About the program

The OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) museum group, established with OCAT Shenzhen in 2005, is a growing network of independent, non-profit contemporary art museums across China.

OCAT’s programs focus on in-depth surveys, research, publication, and presentation of both individual artists and thematic group exhibitions.

In 2020, OCAT Shanghai is partnering with Brisbane’s MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific to present a major retrospective of Asian video art. This placement coincides with the delivery of the exhibition in Shanghai. You will assist with curatorial work, liaising with artists and exhibition production, as well as opening and public programs.

Applications are open for curators, arts managers, creative producers and exhibition managers to apply for a 2020 professional placement with MAAP at OCAT Shanghai.

Australia Council support will provide the professional with $12,000 towards the cost of travel. The successful applicant will be responsible for all costs associated with the placement including flights, visas, insurance, accommodation and living expenses.

Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

NB: Chinese speakers are encouraged to apply.

Australia Council staff will consider applications according to the selection criteria below and will seek recommendations by industry advisors as needed.

You should address the following in your application.

1. Desirable experience and skills:

  • arts administration experience, particularly in producing and touring
  • experience of and an interest in delivery of exhibitions
  • an understanding of marketing and communications for the visual arts
  • interest in Asian contemporary art.

2. Impact on career:

  • how the proposed activity strengthens your professional practice
  • the relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity
  • how the proposed activity enables you to discover and develop new markets, or meet existing market demand
  • how the proposed activity grows your capacity as an arts professional.

3. Suitability for opportunity:

  • your ability to work effectively across a range of contexts and cultures
  • your approach to challenges and working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

The Australia Council encourages applications from applicants who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, and people living in regional and remote areas.

The Australia Council’s programs and processes are designed for accessibility and best use by a diverse demographic. We work with individual applicants to find the best approach to accommodating access, childcare, carer and other support needs. Please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the closing date to discuss your access and support requirements.

Additional material can be submitted to help support your application, including a CV and letters of support.

You are not required to submit a budget with your application.

The way Australia Council grants payments are made has changed. Effective immediately, grant recipients will no longer send an invoice for payment of a grant. Instead, after you accept our offer of funding, we will pay your grant into your nominated bank account and send you a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI).

If you plan to have your grant administered by a third party, applicants will now need to ensure that the administrator is registered on the Australia Council online system before you begin your application. This means you cannot complete or submit an application if your administrator is not registered.

Click on the ‘Apply now’ button at the bottom of this page. Applications must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system.

Note, applications to International Development funding opportunities do not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

If you are applying as an organisation, please specify the staff member(s) who will participate in this activity as part of your application. If this changes, please notify us as early as possible as this may affect the status of your application..

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