The National Gallery has set itself as a center for national culture, which may inject various influences into the mainstreams of life and change the way people appreciate art and culture in their various societies through stone, metal and wooden sculptures, paintings, drawings, print works and installations. The Gallery is responsible for circulating exhibitions throughout Zimbabwe and is a focal and distributing point for art in the country. Its core business is also to preserve, conserve, research and publish the artworks collections for the education of present and future generations of Zimbabwe.
The Gallery provides education through the National Gallery Visual Arts Studios (NGVAS) and also holds educational workshops, films and lectures within the Gallery as a way of promoting and educating the public about visual arts. The Gallery offers the corporate community and other civic organizations the opportunity to hire artworks from the Permanent Collection for decoration of their premises. These institutions can also hire space for private functions, exhibitions and shows. Interested people are welcome to use the Thomas Meikles Library to provide research and interest facilities.
The position of Education Officer is a full-time job in the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s Education Department. It requires enthusiasm and a passion for art in Zimbabwe. The incumbent will be reporting to the Curator for Education and Public Programming.
- Assist in the developing the Education Program of the Gallery, making full use of Collections and Exhibitions. Designing and implementing the Gallery’s educational outreach program;
- Liaising with formal schools to receive pupils and create program for classroom use;
- Staging non-formal Workshops for pupils in the Gallery and beyond;
- Assist in creation of educational information and pamphlets for various audiences;
- Assist in staging Annual Schools Art Exhibition and liaising with the Gallery’s Visual Art Studio to create Gallery youth centered educational program.
- Reinforce and consolidate ties with a core of schools and establish and maintain postal contact with a selection of high density and provincial schools in a systematic manner – acquire contracts from Regional Galleries;
- Produce termly newsletters and maintain weekly contact with member schools to enable them to visit the Gallery to access programs throughout the year;
- Assist in marketing the Culture Box and consider smaller themed boxes with accompanying information;
- Maintain monthly Gallery flyers and information documentation aimed at school groups and children visiting the Gallery – related to the Exhibitions and Art History.
- Work with the Visual Arts Studio to identify schools in need of art clubs and find ways to stimulate and assist them to start with the assistance of our students;
- Assist in staging termly workshops for art teachers offering theoretical and practical tips for teaching art in the classrooms and making use of the Gallery art and Collections. Ensure all teacher engagement and support for new curriculum;
- Work with the Collections Department to stage shows that are pertinent to the schools’ curriculum themes and art history and appreciation;
- Ensure that the Gallery projects are child friendly and that programs reflect a learning environment. Conduct Saturday art lessons to increase art appreciation.
The Education Officer must have:
- A Bachelor of Education Degree in Art or related field;
- Diploma in Education;
- Experience working in a government setting will be an added advantage;
- Good oral and written communication skills;
- Initiative and ability to work as a team;
- Excellent problem solving, analytical and numerical abilities;
- Competent in MS Word, Windows, Power Point, Office Outlook, Design Softwares will be an added advantage.
- A highly target driven self-starter and have proven leadership capacity and experience.
To apply for this position please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or
The Executive Director,
National Gallery of Zimbabwe,
20 Julius Nyerere Way,
P O Box CY848,
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 20 November 2020