Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art seeks new director

Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen is seeking an artist/curator to manage the institution from November 2012.

Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art

Overgaden is a major player on the Copenhagen contemporary art scene. The institution has more than 700 square metres at its disposal, divided into two storeys, and its activities include exhibitions based on submitted applications and curated exhibitions, as well as a number of other activities ranging from artist talks to seminars, performances, and film screenings. Overgaden emphasises the possibility of presenting Danish and international contemporary art via experimental forms of exhibition, across the boundaries of generations and idioms.

Overgaden is an independent institution founded in 1986. Overgaden receives an annual grant from the Danish Arts Council. In addition, over the next three years, support from the Obel Family Foundation will enable an enhanced focus on the interface between Danish and international art, as well as increased investment in new communication initiatives. In collaboration with the board, the new director will lay down a framework for the strategic objectives.

Position description
As director, your primary tasks will be to:
Further develop Overgaden’s distinctive artistic profile, both locally and internationally
Act as daily manager and secure and develop the exhibition venue’s economic future, artistic programme, and communicative initiatives
Appoint and manage the other staff members
Co-operate with the board of Overgaden on the above.

The director reports to a board with five members, three of whom are visual artists.

Emphasis is placed upon both managerial skills and skills within the art world, including:
Experience in managing an exhibition venue, including the practical aspects
The ability to prioritise both one’s own resources and the resources available
A theoretical and practical understanding of contemporary art
The ability to practise outreach and display an extrovert attitude towards the local and international art scene
Experience with and the desire to experiment and collaborate across traditional professional boundaries
Willingness to engage in all facets of the work of Overgaden, from the strategic to the practical.

It would be an advantage if you:
Possess managerial experience from similar organisations or contexts
Have experience working with boards and with fund-raising
Possess experience in information management and strategic communication
Speak a Nordic language
Have an interest in and knowledge of the Danish art scene.

The position is full-time, for a four-year, fixed-term period of employment, with the possibility of renewal for a further two years. The salary will be negotiated in accordance with the applicable collective agreement.

In addition to a CV, your application should contain a proposal for the development of Overgaden’s artistic, strategic, and administrative future. Please send your application by e-mail to board chairperson Charlotte Bagger Brandt ([email protected]), with the subject line “Director Overgaden.” More information about Overgaden is available at www.overgaden.org. If you have any questions, the board chairperson can be contacted via Overgaden during week 26 (25 June–6 July).

Final date for receipt of applications is 23 July 2012. The interviews are expected to be held in mid-August.

Application deadline: Monday 23 July 2012

Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art
Overgaden neden Vandet 17
DK-1414 Copenhagen K

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