Are you the new Director of Blue Oyster?

Blue Oyster Art Project Space exists to enable emerging and experimental arts practitioners to work in an innovative, experimental and non-commercial environment. We aim to broaden the interest and understanding of contemporary arts by providing a forum for discussion and debate.

Through proposals, curatorial research and their own vision and experience, the Director will develop and present Blue Oyster’s annual programme of exhibitions, workshops, publishing, and events. The Director is responsible for building and maintaining artist relationships, managing and where necessary, employing support staff, managing volunteers and working with Blue Oyster Arts Trust to ensure the progressive management of Aotearoa’s and perhaps the world’s Southern-most contemporary art project space.

Core tasks include overseeing all gallery operations including: Creative New Zealand and Dunedin City Council funding applications and reporting, fundraising and revenue generation, financial management through Xero, maintaining paperwork and upkeep of Charities Commission procedures, health, safety and risk management, exhibition installation, technical support and maintenance, archiving, marketing and communications, writing, editing, Trust reporting, payroll, stakeholder relationship management (local and national) and visitor engagement.

This position is an excellent opportunity for an emerging curator or early career arts professional who is active within the national arts communities with the aim to develop a wide range of skills, contributing to an ambitious organisation in its third decade of operation.

Download a copy of the position description here.

How to Apply
Send your CV with two references, a cover letter and a writing sample (can be previously published, approx 750–1000 words) to

Applications close: Tuesday 25 October 2022 at 4pm

Interested candiates are welcome to email to request a copy of the 2021 Annual Report and Blue Oyster’s 2022-25 Strategic Plan.