Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Volunteer Curator EOI

Volunteer Curator

Expressions of Interest

The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne have fostered the growth of botanical illustration over many years. They have held regular classes and workshops in botanical illustration since the 1980’s and they have an active Botanical Illustrators Group, the Whirlybirds.

The Botanical Illustrators and the Friends present regular Botanic Art Exhibitions held in the Domain House Gallery. Since 1992 biennial art exhibitions have been held; The Art of Botanical Illustration (TABI) and more recently a natural history exhibition, ‘reframing Nature’, held in the alternate years.

We are currently seeking an experienced and enthusiastic volunteer Exhibitions Curator to manage the ‘reframing Nature’ exhibition. The exhibition is scheduled to be held 21 September to 6 October this year.

This role is suitable for a skilled volunteer who has experience in curating art exhibitions and/ or an individual interested in gaining further experience in curating exhibitions. For this position you will need good communication, project management and computer skills, including a good knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel Spreadsheets. An arts background or interest in botanical art and natural history would be helpful to be able to curate this exhibition.

Your role will include leading a group of experienced volunteers to plan and promote the Reframing Nature exhibition, assisting artists who wish to submit their works in the exhibition and in the setup and take down of the exhibition.

This role could be shared between two people if this arrangement is more practical for you.

Key responsibilities include: Devising project timelines, budgets, exhibition design; plan and implement the installation schedule and associated logistics. writing accompanying texts, promotional material and catalogue. Liaise with the Friends of the Botanic Garden Melbourne to establish marketing strategies and timelines to promote the exhibition (with Marketing and Relationships Manager). Assist with the management of the functional operation of the exhibition.

Key dates:

* Early March 2019 – Appointment of Volunteer Curator

* 18 September 2019 – Bump In

* 21 September 2019 – Opening of Exhibition

* 6 October 2019 – Close of Exhibition

* 7 October – Bump Out

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jill Scown. All Expressions of Interest should be made to:

Jill Scown

Marketing and Relationships Manager

Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Inc.

Gate Lodge

100 Birdwood Avenue


t 03 9650 6398 e

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