Seeking Artistic Director


February 22, 2019
February 6, 2019
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Unseen is the leading international platform dedicated to contemporary photography. Exclusively focusing on what’s new in the world of photography, Unseen provides a channel for up-and-coming talent to showcase their work, and presents the newest work by established artists. Unseen is a year-round on and offline platform with physical events throughout the year. Its main event, Unseen Amsterdam, returns for its eighth edition in September 2019. Through a variety of different events and activities, Unseen shows the work of cutting edge practitioners whilst constantly finding new and inventive ways to showcase artistic projects.

Unseen is in search of a new Artistic Director to join the board of directors in a full-time position (40h/wk) at the start of April 2019. The Artistic Director will be responsible for the artistic programme and artistic output of all Unseen companies (Unseen Amsterdam, Unseen Media, Unseen International, Unseen Foundation). With our aim to always put artists first, the Artistic Director is responsible for finding new and innovative ways to showcase their work, as well as discovering and promoting exceptional artists that work in experimental ways within the medium of photography. We are looking for someone who has a rich experience working within the international art world, who has in-depth knowledge of the photographic landscape and has a strong network across the various artistic disciplines. Being a hybrid and dynamic organisation, Unseen is looking for an Artistic Director who wants to join us at the forefront of the art world and inspire a team of young professionals in order to grow and nurture a constantly evolving platform for photographic artists.

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The Artistic Director is the public face of the organisation, leading the team alongside the CEO and jointly deciding upon the strategy of the organisation. We see our ideal Artistic Director as:
–A specialist within the contemporary arts, specifically in photography with a clear understanding of the major developments within the medium
–Having a strong international network of artists, gallerists, art professionals and collectors
–Experienced in creating new presentation concepts and being an innovator within the art world
–Having a clear understanding of the art market and the leading players within the field
–An opinion leader within the art sector and an exceptional orator with good experience in public speaking
–An inspiring team leader and team player; accustomed to managing a large team and working with diverse internal and external stakeholders and specialists
–Ambitious and with an entrepreneurial mindset
–Open to travel in order to maintain and further develop Unseen’s network
–Having excellent English language skills, second language is preferable
–Living in Amsterdam or willing to move to the area

What Unseen has to offer
–A dynamic and inspiring work environment
–A competitive salary package and company contribution into pension
–A continuously evolving entrepreneurial organisation
–International travel

Please respond in English before February 22 by filling in the application form here. Should you have any questions, then please contact caroline [​at​]