DEADLINE - 14 MAY 2018

Critical Animals are calling out for a Project Curator to deliver their annual Critical Animals exhibition at The Lock-Up, as part of the This is Not Art Festival




Critical Animals are looking for someone passionate about the intersection of arts and research, about the development of creative research and multidisciplinary art forms. 

The curator should be open to contemporary and experimental artforms and aim to stimulate and challenge audiences.  

You will have existing artistic networks, an understanding of the issues facing artists in traditional, contemporary and emergent forms and, demonstrated curatorial experience.  

You’ll have the ability to research and oversee the creation of a diverse and comprehensive festival program, by working collaboratively over distance, predominantly managing large volumes of email correspondence.  

This is an opportunity to help shape an exciting festival, to broaden your artistic networks on a national level, to gain experience and professional development in festival management and to participate in the artistic program of a leading contemporary art gallery. 

This position works closely with other Co-Directors of Critical Animals and The Lock-Up staff to realise the exhibition.


  • Curate and deliver a month-long exhibition to be held at The Lock-Up that is in line with the vision of both Critical Animals and The Lock-Up. 
  • Take part in The Lock-Up’s Artist in Residence Program from 28 May – 7 June 2018 to further develop curatorial and site-specific ideas of the exhibition. 
  • Engage artists to be a part of the exhibition and organise the logistics for the exhibition. 
  • Write a catalogue essay for the exhibition as well as wall text and captions. 
  • Program and chair a panel discussion during the Critical Animals Research Symposium relating to the exhibition. 
  • Work closely with The Lock-Up to deliver the exhibition, working within the constraints of a historic building. 
  • Meet exhibition deadlines provided by both Critical Animals and The Lock-Up to deliver the exhibition. 

  • Overall period: May – November 2018
  • Residency: 28 May – 7 June Exhibition 2018
  • Install: 25 – 27 SeptemberTINA/Critical AnimalsFestival: 27 September – 30 September 2018
  • De-install: 23 October 2018
  • It is expected that this position would require approximately 1 day per week in lead up; increasingly more hours as the festival nears; full time for the week of the festival, commencing May 2018. 


Critical Animals is a national festival, currently the co-directors are based in Newcastle and Brisbane. You do not need to be based in Newcastle to apply, however local applicants are strongly encouraged. The successful candidate will be required to be in Newcastle for approximately one week at the time of the festival for install and de-install at the end of the exhibition period and take part in The Lock-Up’s Artist in Residence Program in May.


All Critical Animals roles are volunteer positions. 

An honorarium will be paid to the Critical Animals curator.


14 May 2018

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IMAGE: Zainab Hikimet Here and There (2016)