Community Arts Advisor

Whirinaki Whare Taonga is a vibrant arts centre in Upper Hutt featuring arts, culture and events. Five galleries have a constantly changing programme of exhibitions ranging from the best New Zealand and international art to local exhibitions, with a special focus on family friendly experiences. Upstairs in the theatre, the spotlight is on theatre, comedy, film, dance and music with a dynamic programme ranging from circus acts to classical music while the Professionals Recreation Hall is home to a wonderful variety of functions and events.

Whirinaki has an education programme for local schools and has multiple spaces available to hire for community use. We are also the home of the Upper Hutt i-SITE and Dough Bakery.

Whirinaki is owned by Upper Hutt City Council and is a Council Controlled Organisation. It is leased to and operated by a not-for-profit trust, the Whirinaki Whare Taonga Trust. The objectives of the Trust is to engage, enrich, inspire and connect people with the arts, culture and events. As one of the more diverse arts centres in New Zealand, Whirinaki offers a truly remarkable variety of exhibitions and events.

About this role

This is a new role which seeks to extends Whirinaki reach out into the community at a grass roots level. You will be part of a unique team of passionate individuals working in the arts, with this role working directly with the Upper Hutt community. Your role will be to implement and fulfil a variety of tasks to meet the seven objectives of the 2022-2027 Upper Hutt City Council’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy. You can find the Strategy here https://www.upperhuttcity.com/Your-Council/Plans-policies-bylaws-and-reports/Strategies/Arts-Culture-and-Heritage-Strategy

You will advocate for and facilitate meaningful opportunities for arts and culture through your in-depth understanding of the broader arts sector and your significant experience building community-based relationships.

You will have strong event management experience as well as administration, marketing and communication strengths. Working alongside Whirinaki and community stakeholders, artists and performers, arts and culture sector professionals and other Upper Hutt City Council teams, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring arts and culture in the community are supported to thrive.

This is a full-time position which will involve some weekend and evening hours, as and when required.

Click here for a full job description and here for an application form.

Applications close Sunday 24 July 2022

Send applications to Fiona Wright (fiona.wright@whirinakiarts.org.nz)