Spinifex Hill Studios Assistant


A full-time position is available for a Studio Assistant at Spinifex Hill Studios in South Hedland, Western Australia. This is a dynamic position working with some of the State’s most exciting emerging and established Aboriginal artists.  We are looking for someone with an interest with Indigenous cultures and art and who likes working within a small team environment.  This job blends hand-on activities to facilitate art making with customer service and administrative duties.  In a typical day you will do everything from transporting artists to and from the studio, preparing materials for two-dimensional mediums, facilitating art making, documenting artwork, making lunches,  maintaining a tidy studio, and administrative tasks such as processing sales, updating online platforms, and working with customers and gallerists.

This is a position for a person with a high level of cultural awareness and sensitivity.  It may suit someone from a community development or arts background.  This position will support the Studio Manager in delivering exhibitions, including the coordination of logistics, administration, and marketing activities.

About Spinifex Hill Studios

Located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Spinifex Hill Artists were founded in 2008 to nurture the cultural and creative expression of the diverse Aboriginal communities of Port and South Hedland. The group welcomes beginner, mid-career and established artists and provides access to materials, creative and professional training and arts education. Spinifex Hill Artists have a diverse membership with over eight different languages groups represented in the studio including Banjima, Kariyarra, Martu, Ngarla, Noongar, Nyangumarta, Nyiyaparli and Yamaji.

The Role

We are looking for someone who is hands on, has strong computer skills and has experience with administrative tasks.  The successful candidate will report to the Studio Manager and Regional Manager, and consists of a range of daily tasks including:

  • Assisting in the preparation of canvasses (stretching, priming, unpicking)
  • Assisting to photograph and enter artwork into our catalogue system
  • Answering customer enquiries about sales, the studio, and our artists via phone and email
  • Driving our community bus to transport artists to and from the studio
  • Making lunches for our artists
  • Maintaining a tidy studio

To be successful for the role you will ideally be:

  • Self-driven, motivated and capable of working unsupervised
  • Experienced in a studio assistant or community development role
  • Passionate about working with communities
  • Positive, empathetic and have a personable nature
  • Willing to learn and grow with our organisation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are highly encouraged to apply.

Please forward a cover letter and résumé to mail@spinifexhillstudio.com.au

Applications close 5pm Tuesday May 1, 2018