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The Biennale of Sydney (BoS) is a non-profit arts organisation that presents an international festival of contemporary art (and Australia’s largest contemporary art exhibition) every two years in Sydney’s major art museums and galleries, and locations throughout the city.

The BoS is one of the longest running international biennales and Australia’s leading contemporary visual arts event. Since its inception in 1973, the BoS has successfully delivered 17 major exhibitions, which have featured the work of more than 1503 different artists from 83 countries.

The Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellowship had been established by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with the Biennale of Sydney. From 1980–1983, Nick Waterlow OAM (1941–2009) was the Director of the Visual Arts Board (VAB). Nick Waterlow was also the Biennale’s most prolific artistic director. He curated the 1979, 1986 and 1988 exhibitions, and was Chair of the International Selection Committee in 2000. For 11 years (1994–2005), Nick Waterlow also served on the Board of the Biennale of Sydney.

The Fellowship has been established to celebrate the memory of Nick Waterlow and the extraordinary contribution he made to Australian and international contemporary visual arts. It is a new opportunity to be awarded to an Australian emerging curator who will be mentored by the Artistic Directors of the 18th Biennale of Sydney.

The Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow is responsible for curatorial research, which includes research and writing content for the catalogue and guidebook. The position is responsible for facilitating and coordinating the Artistic Directors’ research, as well as working as part of the exhibition team on the planning, administration, development and delivery of the exhibition.

The position works closely with the Artistic Directors, Exhibition Manager, Curatorial and Research Coordinator, Public Program and Education Manager, Exhibition Coordinator, Registrar and the team at the Biennale of Sydney. The Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow reports directly to the Exhibition Manager.

The position offers the rare opportunity to be a part of a small, highly motivated team and to play a key role in the organisation.

A representative of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council will be present at the interviews and prior to the official appointment, the preferred candidate will be approved by members of the Visual Arts Board.

This is a two-year, full-time Fellowship related to the 2012 event for the period from 5 January 2011 to 31 December 2012. The remuneration is $54,500 (including 9% employer’s superannuation contribution).

For an information package, please contact Faye Purdon, Administration Assistant, on
(02) 8484 8700 or email

Applications marked Confidential and addressing the selection criteria must be received by 5 pm on
Monday, 22 November 2010.

Chief Executive Officer
Biennale of Sydney
43–51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011



Brianna Roberts


(02) 9215 9030


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