Design Museum Den Bosch has set itself the ambition of becoming the number one museum of design in the Netherlands. We’re a bold institution with a cutting-edge programme that connects design with the society of today. Our museum uses design’s familiarity and societal significance to help understand current cultural, social and technological developments. The focus is not only on the intentions of the designer or the context of a design, but also on the user aspect: how does the design make itself felt in society? We manage an important design collection and measure ourselves against international design museums.
To help achieve our ambitions, the museum is keen to widen its appeal to younger audiences. This involves looking at our existing exhibition offering through young adult eyes and developing new physical and online programmes and presentations that are relevant to the 18–30-year-old target group. We are therefore seeking to supplement our team of curators with a:
Young Design Curator (24 hours per week)
What will you be doing?
- Together with two other new colleagues, you will form a Young Design Team that will develop and communicate a design programme aimed at young adult target groups.
- You will develop and carry out new concepts for exhibitions, presentations and public outreach.
- You will work with the current team of curators on ways to tailor existing and future exhibition plans more closely to young people.
- You will actively seek relevant collaboration partners, both regionally and nationally.
You will have the following tasks and responsibilities:
- Developing and organizing exhibitions and other forms of presentation, online and offline, specifically aimed at younger target groups.
- Looking for appealing collaboration partners who offer a good fit with the experience of young adults.
- Advising the management team on inclusion and accessibility for young adults.
- Contributing to fundraising and sponsorship efforts and to strengthening our networks.
- Working closely with colleagues, including the other two Young Design staff members, the Programme Manager, the Head of Public Affairs and the Marketing & Communication Manager
What are we looking for in you?
- A confident, individual and innovative curator with a thorough knowledge of design and clear ideas on how it can appeal to young people.
- You know what’s going on in contemporary youth culture and you have a wide-ranging network of your own, nationally and/or regionally (Brabant).
- You focus on results, can take responsibility for your own exhibitions and presentations and you’re not afraid of the financial or administrative side.
- You have social skills and can act as sparring partner for the other curators and colleagues.
- You know how to turn your ideas into compelling plans that you can sell to the rest of the organization.
- You’re not led by what’s already been done but by what you yourself could make happen.
- You have a nose for things like emerging talent, alternative perspectives and ‘unusual suspects’ when it comes to collaboration partners.
The opportunity to use your ideas to put the Design Museum on the map for young adults.
A good salary: Scale 10 in the Museums Collective Labour Agreement.
We also offer, among other things: an 8% holiday allowance, a year-end bonus, a discount card for the museum shop and certain travel expenses. The position is for one year with the possibility of extension.
What if you don’t meet all of the criteria? It might still be worth applying: you could convince us anyway! Or take a look at the other two vacancies:
Young Design Programme-Maker
Please send a supporting letter (or video, audio clip or some other form) and your CV no later than 7 December to Rieke Righolt at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first round of interviews will be held in the week beginning 13 December.
For more information, contact Rieke Righolt, Development & Partnerships on +32 (0)6 52307663 / email@example.com, or Oscar Jansen, Head of Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This position has been made possible by Fonds 21 EXTRA, an initiative of Fonds 21 that enables a number of exemplary cultural organizations to focus on the long term, so they can continue to be relevant to society in five years’ time.