Manager of Studio and Creative Programs

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Tjarlirli and Kaltukatjara Art

BACKGROUND

Tjarlirli Art Indigenous Corporation is an Aboriginal-owned arts and community organisation run out of two remote art centres in the communities of Tjukurla in the Ngaanyatjarra lands of Western Australia and Kaltukatjara in the Pitjantjatjara Lands of the Northern Territory.

First established in Tjukurla in 2006, second studio was opened in Kaltukatjara in 2016. Represented by leading galleries, art awards and major Aboriginal art fairs, the artists continue to produce high quality artwork. These successes have created financial stability for Tjarlirli and Kaltukatjara Art, with the strong sales complemented by long-term operational support from the Federal Government. In turn, this stability enables Tjarlirli and Kaltukatjara Art to maximise support for artists and provide the best possible studio and professional development settings.

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ABOUT THE ROLE

The Manager, Studio and Creative Programs works with a small team to deliver a high-quality arts enterprise for artists of the Tjukurla and Kaltukatjara communities. This role is integral to developing, delivering, and maintaining the artistic and cultural programs of Tjarlirli and Kaltukatjara Art.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Artistic Production and Career Development

  • Oversee all aspects of artistic production and career development.
  • Manage both studios.
  • Plan and deliver the yearly program of exhibitions, art fairs, awards, and other events.
  • Facilitate creative skills workshops, return-to-country trips, and other development programs.

Team Collaboration

  • Work closely with the Operations Manager, Studio staff, Art Workers, and the Board of Directors to ensure business aims and aspirations are met.

Community and Industry Engagement

  • Live and work in remote communities (Kaltukatjara and/or Tjukurla, with regular travel between the two).
  • Travel to regional, interstate, and international industry events including art fairs, exhibitions, awards and conferences, supporting artists, directors and arts workers.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting and Team Dynamics

  • Reports to: Board of Directors
  • Works with: Manager, Business and Operations
  • Supervises: Studio Coordinator, Studio Assistant, Arts Workers, support staff, volunteers, and consultants.

Artistic, Professional, and Cultural Development

  • Manage and maintain 2 art studios per professional and OH&S standards.
  • Facilitate high-quality art production by member artists.
  • Protect and manage artists’ copyright and intellectual property.
  • Organize professional development and mentoring opportunities, including new and continuing skills workshops.
  • Provide critical feedback to support quality art production.
  • Organize cultural and artistic practice trips and support artists at outstations.
  • Respect and encourage Indigenous language, culture, and traditions.

Administration

  • Prepare and acquit funding submissions in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
  • Maintain equipment, vehicles, buildings, and facilities per OH&S standards.
  • Keep accurate records and catalogue artworks in the SAM database.
  • Document arts/cultural activities.
  • Maintain efficient file management systems.
  • Adapt management decisions to operate within a limited budget.

Sales and Marketing Activities

  • Develop and maintain relationships with Aboriginal art industry professionals and institutions.
  • Organise and manage exhibition programs.
  • Manage logistics for materials and artwork.
  • Maintain stock supply to partner retail outlets and seek new markets.
  • Promote the Art Centre locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the retail outlet.
  • Maintain databases of customers, suppliers, and media contacts.
  • Coordinate field trips, travel, and accommodation.

Strategic and Operational Management

  • Encourage Aboriginal employment and support staff training and mentoring.
  • Respect traditional law and leadership frameworks.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Manager to:
    • Hire and supervise staff and volunteers
    • Host regular meetings with members and the Board, ensuring valid documentation
    • Develop and review Art Centre policies with Board approval.
  • Maintain cooperative relationships with members, the community, and stakeholders.
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