National Museum of Australia on the hunt for inaugural fellow in Australian design

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The Great Hall at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra (2001) by ARM Architecture.

The Great Hall at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra (2001) by ARM Architecture. Image: John Gollings

A new initiative will see a design expert head a program celebrating and promoting Australian design at the National Museum of Australia (NMA).

The Swayn Senior Fellow in Australian Design is a collaboration between the museum, the Swayn Gallery of Design and the Alastair Swayn Foundation, both of which are named for the late Alastair Swayn, the ACT’s first government architect.

The two-year position will be the NMA’s first named curatorial position, and will be tasked with planning and overseeing an Australian design program at the museum over two years, as well as leading the establishment of the Swayn Centre of Australian Design at the museum. The program could be made up of a range of events, including exhibitions, lectures and panels.

The successful candidate could come from any design discipline, including architecture and the built environment as well as fashion, media and industrial design. They must possess the “skills and experience to drive and to enhance public access, knowledge and interest in Australian design through collections, ideas and programs, as well as being able to demonstrate an understanding of audience-centric design practices and be able to influence internal and external stakeholders.”

The fellow will be paid a fee of up to $150,000 a year. Expressions of interest are due on 11 February.

For more information on the role, go here.

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