Artistic Director

We are in the process of building the leadership team that will run SKMU while also developing KUNSTSILO, thus soliciting applications for the position of Artistic Director.

Artistic Director

Today a regional art museum – tomorrow a museum of great national significance,

Sørlandets Kunstmuseum (SKMU) is the regional art museum for the Agder counties in Norway. The museum administers, develops, and researches its own collection of art and craft, with a primary mission of facilitating, and bringing enhanced meaning to, the public’s encounters with the collection. In addition, the museum enables the public to experience the wider field of Norwegian and international contemporary art, craft and art history through exhibitions, activities, workshops and educational projects.  

Among its other roles, the museum has been granted responsibility for managing the Tangen Collection. The Tangen Collection is the most significant collection of Nordic modernist art in the world. It currently consists of 2,700 works, still growing. The Tangen Collection is also the impetus for the KUNSTSILO (ART SILO) project, providing the museum fantastic potential for future development. 

The museum is in the midst of a very exciting and important period of development in order to realize the full potential of the KUNSTSILO project. This entails transforming an important architectural landmark – an iconic grain silo – into an art museum. With sky-high artistic ambitions and market-related drawing power, the upgraded museum will have the ability to present world-class exhibitions, double its staffing, welcome more than five times as many visitors, and expand its activity level, such that there will always be something happening at the museum that the public won’t want to miss. The KUNSTSILO is scheduled to open its doors to the public in the autumn of 2021.

It is expected that when its vision is fully realized, KUNSTSILO will become a regional powerhouse with national significance and an international profile.

We are in the process of building the leadership team that will run SKMU while also developing KUNSTSILO.  We are now soliciting applicants for the position of: 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

The Artistic Director must have ambitions in the area of visual art. He or she will have responsibility for the exhibition program; for facilitating the public’s experience of, and engagement with the exhibits or collection; for research; and for managing the professional staff (curators, conservators, education team, exhibition coordinator, and assistants). The Artistic Director will contribute to developing the institution, ensuring relevance, raising the quality of exhibitions, and helping to meet the goal of ‘bringing art to the people, and the people to art’.

The KUNSTSILO will be of national importance and highly visible internationally .

Main responsibilities:
  • Develop and carry out the organization’s artistic mission
  • Lead and develop the museum’s professional staff
  • Develop long-term exhibition plans that are relevant to society
  • Administer the museum’s various collections
  • Participate and contribute to the acquisition process with AKO-Kunststiftelse
  • Coordinate research projects with the University of Agder (UIA)
  • Develop national and international networks

We seek a person with the following qualities:

  • Ambitious and goal-oriented
  • Professional and personal
  • Courage to challenge but also to innovate
  • Creative and communicative
  • The ability to think in innovative ways with respect to curating, collaboration, programming and the public
  • A person who fits in and complements the organization and the leadership team
We seek a person with the following background:
  • Wide-ranging experience in the field of art and the cultural sector
  • Experience of artistic programming and curating, preferably internationally
  • Has an established international network, both artistically and institutionally
  • Leadership experience is an advantage
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, digital challenges within the sector
  • Relevant university-level education

The position of Artistic Director is for a contractual fixed-term of five years. The Artistic Director is a key member of the organization’s leadership team and will report to the administrative director.

The museum offers a unique challenge for development, with significant visibility, not only regionally, but also nationally and internationally. Accordingly, it offers a competitive employment package comparable to those of similar organizations.

Should you have questions about the position, please contact Reidar Fuglestad, administrative director, for questions: reidar@skmu.no or (+47) 48159900
Applications must be submitted to anja@skmu.no before December 31st, 2018.