<div class="ExternalClass82F150DEFA6A41DFA45929041C9141AF"><p>In a city known for its arts and culture, the V&A Waterfront's new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is offering Capetonian art lovers a unique experience in a niche field: curatorship.</p><p>Though still under construction, Zeitz MOCAA is already making an impact in the South African art field and is introducing a Curatorial Training Programme, developed in 2001 by well-known international curator and current Zeitz MOCAA Executive Director and Chief Curator Mark Coetzee, for practising professionals and recent graduates interested in a career in curatorship.</p><p>The programme is designed to give candidates practical curatorial experience and skills by participating in all components of a functioning art museum. According to Coetzee, programme candidates will also experience intellectual stimulation through individual research and through engaging with colleagues, artists, collectors and art professionals. Over 50 International Counsellors along with Zeitz MOCAA staff teach the Curatorial Training Programme.</p><p>"Art museum curatorship is an extremely exciting career ideally suited to anyone interested in the arts, with an eye for detail, extremely good organisational skills, and an urge to understand and communicate the challenges of living at this time. As a career, curatorship also offers many opportunities locally and internationally," Coetzee said.</p><p>Two six-month curatorial training sessions will be hosted each year. Training will take place on site, and each participant will be assigned a special project in addition to assisting the permanent staff at the museum. They will also be expected to complete assigned reading and time will be allocated each week for individual research.</p><p>Candidates in the programme will become involved in all aspects of the museum, from organising and producing the yearly lecture programme, and hosting visiting museum and special interest groups, to generating educational projects for the local community. Following initial training, candidates will interact with the public via the front desk and by conducting guided tours. </p><p>The museum's registrar will work with candidates to familiarise them with the procedures of keeping active inventories, storing artwork, filing off works on paper, archiving of visual documentation and slide libraries, art handling, packing and shipping and customs formalities.</p><p>Candidates will gain further practical experience by assisting with the preparation of exhibition spaces, hanging of artworks, setting of lighting and labelling of artworks. They will also gain retail experience by working alongside the Zeitz MOCAA bookstore manager, and will also be required to participate in fundraising duties and activities.</p><p>"The director will accompany the candidates on visits to local museums, galleries and important private collections. Major collectors also visit the museum on a regular basis and will interact with the candidates both individually and as a group. In this way they will gain insights into collecting and discussing recent developments in contemporary art," said Coetzee.</p><p>V&A Waterfront CEO David Green commented: "One of the key factors underpinning our vision behind Zeitz MOCAA has always been to create jobs and career opportunities. The museum will house the most extensive collection of art from Africa and its Diaspora and we believe it will be ranked alongside the best art museums in the world. This training programme is important not only to ensure that Zeitz MOCAA has the best possible talent, but also to ensure that future generations are given similar opportunities."  </p><p>Candidates will be required to be on site five days per week from Wednesday to Sunday, for eight hours a day between 12pm and 8pm. In line with Zeitz MOCAA's mission of access for all, candidates will be supported through a monthly honorarium, which covers programme costs, accommodation, local transport, and food. Candidates will be awarded a certificate upon successful completion of the programme.</p><p>Interested persons are invited to submit their applications electronically to Mark Coetzee at <a href="mailto:mark@markcoetzee.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">mark@markcoetzee.com</span></a>. Applications should include a letter of motivation, dates the applicant is applying for, contact details of two professional supporters, a CV of studies completed, recent activities, exhibitions, lectures and publications. International applicants should also include a copy of the identity page of their passport to determine immigration requirements.</p></div>2014-09-11T22:00:00Z



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