Melbourne Art Fair


Melbourne Art Fair Indigenous Art Centre Program Project Manager

Melbourne Art Fair

Melbourne Art Fair is Australasia’s progressive forum for contemporary art and ideas, presenting solo shows and works of scale and significance from 53 galleries, 17-20 February 2022 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Melbourne Art Fair is owned and produced by the Melbourne Art Foundation, a systemically significant non-profit Australian arts organisation that leads the way in building audiences and markets for the work of Australia’s living artists. The Fair is supported by government partners Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts under the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.

Melbourne Art Fair Indigenous Art Centre Program (IACP)  

The Melbourne Art Fair Indigenous Art Centre Program is an initiative that will support the participation of Indigenous-owned Art Centres at Melbourne Art Fair with the express aim to promote Indigenous contemporary artists, in addition to providing economic benefits, employment opportunities, access and capacity building support for communities. Melbourne Art Fair is excited to be partnering with Indigenous not-for-profit Agency Projects to deliver this program.

IACP is funded by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) and Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) programs.

Exhibiting Art Centres: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre (Yirrkala), Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association (Milikapiti), Warlayirti Artists (Balgo), Waringarri Aboriginal Arts (Kununurra) and Milingimbi Art (Milingimbi).

About Agency Projects

Agency is an Indigenous not-for-profit organisation that responds to an identified need expressed by cultural leaders, which resonates with Government priorities, academic research and the voice of innovative philanthropists who care deeply about Indigenous people, art and Country. Our values align with the foundations of Indigenous resilience, strength and a desire to share.

Agency develops and facilitates new and stable platforms that promote, celebrate and support cultural maintenance, allow Indigenous leadership to thrive, and feature strong participation and economic opportunities for Indigenous people.

About the role

The IACP Project Manager is responsible for supporting five remote Indigenous Art Centres exhibiting at Melbourne Art Fair 2022, and for providing assistance to the IACP project team, a partnership between Melbourne Art Fair and Agency Projects. 

The IACP Project Manager will deliver a wide range of duties across various areas of the event, including exhibitor relations, operations, marketing, administration and programming support. You will also be required to provide onsite support at the event to facilitate Art Centre participation and assist the event team. 

To be successful in this role, you need to be a great team player and communicator. You have excellent time management skills, organisational skills, and high attention to detail.

About you

  • Previous experience in a similar role in events industry highly regarded (however not a requirement) 

  • Client relationship management experience is highly regarded 

  • Effective negotiation skills

  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines

  • Self-driven, result driven and attention to detail

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Team player and ability to work independently as required

  • Adaptability and resilience

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


In fulfilling the primary focus of the position, the incumbent will typically:

  • Provide pre-show support to participating Art Centres (5) including but not limited to:

    • Exhibition logistics (booth design and additional walling and lighting orders, and the completion of exhibitor operations forms including those for risk assessments, exhibitor insurance, staff and worker identification passes) 

    • Travel (booking travel and accommodation for attending staff and artists) 

    • Transport and freight (organising artwork transport and freight to the event) 

    • Marketing support (coordinating marketing material to promote Art Centre participation to the art fair audience)

  • Provide operational onsite support at the event, including but not limited to:

    • Exhibition logistics (overseeing the production of Art Centre booths to ensure they are built as designed, and overseeing the installation of artworks with the Art Centre, if required) 

    • Transport (assisting the Art Centres with on the ground transport) 

    • Programs and events (facilitate Art Centre participation in art fair programs and events)

  • Provide support to marketing team as required

  • Assist in managing relationship between Melbourne Art Fair and exhibiting Art Centres
    Represent exhibiting Art Centres in Melbourne Art Fair event meetings 

  • Provide support on general administrative duties for the art fair team 

To apply

Please submit your CV and a letter to which highlights your relevant experience against the below criteria. Your responses should offer at least one example that shows the necessary experience, and describes the context or situation, the task required, the actions you took and the outcome or result of those actions:

  • Managing complex projects – implementing and delivering large scale projects which encompass multiple moving parts

  • Managing multiple/diverse stakeholders – communicating project updates and outcomes to key stakeholders

  • Collaboration – working with others to deliver results 

  • People management – driving a team to achieve exemplary results 

Application closing date: Thursday 7 October 2021

This is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identified position*. At this point in time, Agency is only accepting applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

If you have access requirements that will cause difficulty applying online and you need assistance, please call 0487 085 843, Monday to Friday, between 9AM–5PM. Agency are only able to respond to accessibility enquiries at this number, for all other queries please email 

*The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and [select appropriate jurisdiction/s from: s 27 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) / s 57 of the AntiDiscrimination Act 1996 (NT) / s 105 of the AntiDiscrimination Act 1991 (Qld) / s 65 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) / ss 25 and/or 26 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas) / s 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) and s 8(4) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) / s 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA)]. The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Melbourne Art Fair acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Wurundijeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, on whose land we will meet, share, and work. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from all nations of this land.

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