The Riga Biennial, whose first edition will be inaugurated in June 2018, is seeking a Curator of Public Programmes. In line with the Biennial’s profile, which takes the rich history of Riga and the Baltic states as its underlying framework; as well as the Biennial’s working process that starts from the local, expanding to the national and the regional, and finally to the transnational, the Curator of Public Programmes will develop and follow-up the Biennial’s discursive activities, including: talks, workshops, seminars, performances and lectures. The candidate will also be responsible for filling out the content of related texts in print and online and for following up on the organization of the programme.
The public programme should make connections between contemporary art and a wide range of intellectual fields, such as history, sociology, anthropology, music, theatre, or literature, with a focus on both regional and international issues and themes. The Curator of Public Programmes will prioritise artists but will also work with other professionals in the cultural field and the humanities, in order to probe contemporary art’s social, political and historical relevance. We are looking for a public programme that is engaging and ambitious, but also accessible and meaningful for an audience outside the domain of the contemporary visual arts in Latvia, catering particularly to young people, in addition to adults.
The successful candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of contemporary art, but will also be well informed in other areas of knowledge, which are important for contemporary artistic production such as history, sociology, philosophy and anthropology. We are looking for someone who can inspire audiences, build bridges between constituencies and communities. The candidate will be an excellent communicator, orally and in writing, and will have strong organisational skills. He or she will be fluent in English, both written and oral. A knowledge of the Baltic art scene and wider cultural landscape is an advantage. Finally, the Curator of Public Programmes will collaborate with aspects of the Latvian higher education sector and for developing student participation in the programme.