The CoCA Artists Alliance Intern

Applications due Friday July 20

The CoCA Artists Alliance Intern

The Artists Alliance Internship Programme 2018 is now calling for applications from recent visual arts/art history graduates for a fixed term, paid internship with CoCA. The aim of the programme is to provide a valuable opportunity for graduates to obtain significant work experience in the arts industry. The programme has been made possible with generous funding from Rata Foundation.

CoCA is a place of doing – a place where things happen and people connect. Through thoughtfully curated programmes and exhibitions, we foster the creation and celebration of inspiring and provocative contemporary art from exciting local and international artists.


Public Programmes/Education/Curatorial Intern 2018

The purpose of this role is:

> to develop, provide direction, co-ordination and evaluation of CoCA’s education and public programmes.

> to ensure the forward-thinking activities complement and supplement CoCA’s exhibition programme and engage diverse audiences of all ages.

> to provide curatorial support to the programming manager.
This role is responsible for visitor engagement both onsite at CoCA and externally.

Key Responsibilities:

Public Programmes

>Develop and deliver public programmes that are relevant to both the exhibitions and the community, in consultation with the curator, programme manager and director.

>Put a new spin on the standard artists talk format.

>Identifying new audiences and developing programmes to reach the, e.g. Mums and Bubs.

>Providing the Marketing and Communications team with public programming content for CoCa’s website, publications and other marketing needs.

>Work closely with the Marketing and Communications Committee to promote Coca programmes to target audiences.

>Deliver talks, lectures, host visitors, at public programme events, present school group tours, present exhibition tours.

>Ensure familiarity with the exhibitions to extrapolate interesting elements to share with public and visitors.

>Be present at al public programme events, act as host and representative of CoCA.

>Liaise with Gallery Operations Manager for all public programme events.


>Research and write relevant exhibition resource materials related to exhibitions which appeal to upper-high school and tertiary students.

>Distribute relevant exhibition resource materials to educators for them to distribute.

>In consultation with the programme manager, develop educational exhibitions to complement CoCA’s exhibition calendar.

>Assist the Marketing and Communications Committee to maintain the educational contacts on the CoCA website.


>Assist the programme manager with research for exhibitions, including artists, works, etc.

>Assist with the preparation and organisation of exhibitions

>Assist with the installation and maintenance of exhibitions, including working on the gallery front desk.

>Assist staff with general office administration as required.


>Act as the public face of the gallery during opening hours, including time at the reception area.

>Be responsible for minding the gallery at weekends.


Key Relationships

Internal: Fellow gallery employees; Gallery volunteers; Contractors; Café staff; Artists Alliance.

External: Exhibiting artists and the wider community of artists; Curators, critics, gallerists; Visitors to the gallery; Media; Patrons; Funders.

Skills and competencies

Technical: Writing skills; Experience in step by step planning of an event, run sheets, set up etc.; A critical perspective on contemporary art; Project and time management skills; Basic gallery maintenance and installation.

Behavioural: Responsible; Ability to work independently when required; Communication and customer service skills; Ability to think on the spot and problem solve; General can-do attitude, will come up with ideas and move chairs e.g.; Ability to work outside normal hours including weekends and evenings.


Desirable: Writing public programmes for a public gallery; Delivering public programmes for a public gallery ad off-site; Working with artists; Working with members of the public in a customer-facing role; Experience in the non-profit cultural sector; Experience in education or communications; art handling.

This position is 24 hrs/week 18-week fixed term contract.
The preferred start date is August 20, 2018.  End date December 21, 2018.

How to apply

To apply please submit a current CV and a cover letter outlining your interest in the role and experience by sending to with the job title in the email subject line.

The deadline for applications is July 20, 2018

Interviews will be scheduled to take place at CoCA, Christchurch on July 25, 2018

Date(s) - 27/06/2018 - 20/07/2018
All Day