KANAL-Centre Pompidou is looking for an Artistic Director

20 January 2021

Photo Veerle Vercauteren. © FondationStichting KANAL.

In the context of a partnership with the Centre Pompidou, KANAL is pursuing an artistic purpose whose main objective is to create a multidisciplinary arts and culture hub open to all in order to highlight the contemporary Brussels arts scene and bolster the cultural appeal of the capital.

The KANAL Foundation, the administrator of this future museum that will open its doors in 2024, will, in the meantime, pursue its artistic and societal experiments in a resolutely multidisciplinary approach.

It is the very concept of the museum that KANAL is seeking to reinvent.

Your responsibilities

As Artistic Director, you are responsible for the multidisciplinary artistic project. You will carry out these various tasks autonomously in collaboration with the Managing Director and under the supervision of the Board of Directors. Your main responsibilities will be to:

–Define the artistic identity of KANAL by drawing lessons from the different experiments carried out since 2018
–Harmoniously develop the partnership with the Centre Pompidou
–Plan, coordinate and monitor the work of the different departments under your authority
–Use and share experience in order to monitor optimally the projects of strategic importance for the Foundation’s activities and ensure information circulates properly within the Foundation
–Stimulate improve the quality of work and the results to best meet the needs of the institution
–Manage staff members to encourage them to achieve optimal levels of performance, engagement and development
–Stimulate innovation and corporate culture to increase efficiency in the implementation of the Foundation’s Audience Development and Partnerships Department
–Determine the annual budgets
–Work on the establishment of all administrative and legal documents: contracts, agreements, orders, purchase order commitments, etc.

The task of the Artistic Director is to lead the staff of the departments in charge of:

–Multidisciplinary programme planning of exhibitions, performances and shows
–Production of exhibitions, performances and shows and the supervision of museum management
–Constitution and conservation of the KANAL Foundation’s collections of works as well as the management of the archives and research projects
–Publication of scientific and artistic works as well as educational publications
–Audience development strategy in close collaboration with the Deputy Artistic Director in charge of Audience development

Your profile

–Your experience will raise the profile of KANAL-Centre Pompidou in Brussels and internationally. To achieve this objective, you possess the following qualities:
–A master’s degree or equivalent experience in the field of the contemporary arts scene, of modern and contemporary art, and contemporary multidisciplinary arts
–At least 10 years’ professional experience as a manager in the museum/artistic/cultural sector with a minimum of 6 years’ experience in a programming and implementing role for a contemporary and multidisciplinary artistic programme
–A clear and convincing vision of the scientific, cultural and artistic development of KANAL and are capable of presenting a wide-ranging multidisciplinary cultural programme encompassing the entire rage of the contemporary arts scene
–Your vision of cultural and museum outreach maintains a balance between a programme that is both accessible to the general public and original/innovative for specialized audiences
–You are familiar with the cultural, artistic and museum sector in Belgium and globally with regard to the contemporary arts scene
–Sense of leadership and responsibility
–You encourage the exchange of ideas and contextualize your vision when making decisions
–An excellent command of French and/or Dutch; a good knowledge of English is an asset

What we offer

–A full-time, open-ended contract in the form of a term (six years, renewable once for a period of three years)
–A team of motivated professionals to help you accomplish your mission
–Start date in September 2021
Salary and benefits commensurate to your responsibilities and experience
–The opportunity to contribute to the development of a unique museum project in the heart of the capital of Belgium and Europe

Want to know more?

See our website for the official job offer and recruitment procedure.