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The two departments HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design and the Academy of Music and Drama, constitute the University of Gothenburg’s Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts – Scandinavia’s largest faculty in design and arts. With a unique breadth of education and research the faculty seeks to contribute and promote sustainable development in which fine art is a clear and active player. The position offers an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues to develop and strengthen the HDK-Valand department; the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts; and the University of Gothenburg, which offers a broad network with many opportunities for collaborations and exchanges of knowledge.
HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design, University of Gothenburg seeks an artistic practitioner who also has substantial teaching experience in Higher Education to join the Fine Art and Crafts unit as a Senior Lecturer.
Subject area description
Fine Art is positioned in the Unit of Crafts and Fine Art at HDK-Valand’s all-encompassing environment that involves exchange between education, research and society. The Fine Art subject includes BFA, MFA and PhD levels of education. It also offers free-standing courses to support life-long learning and continued professional development. Attention is paid to the critique of the public sphere and its relations to art, and of art’s systems including the roles of: institutions, self-organisation, art criticism, curating and exhibition production. The educational offer is informed by research conducted within the Academy by educators, researchers and doctoral candidates.
The MFA Fine Art programme has focus on the role of art, and of the artist in society and questions of publicness. It suggests that artists can challenge dominant ideologies, and present critical contributions to society. Students are also taught skills and methods of artistic enquiry. Practice and theory are understood to be in concert, as opposed to being distinct or easily separated. There is also an aim to think widely about forms of exhibitions and how, where, when and for whom art is circulated. The MFA Fine Art programme is international, taught in English, and annually recruits around 15 students. The students come from multiple disciplinary and cultural backgrounds and work across many different media.
The current teaching team primarily consists of artists, an art historian, and a transdisciplinary practitioner. Our expertise is broad with theoretical and practice-oriented specialisms including in architecture, place, urban studies, and critical spatial practices; curatorial practices and self-organisation; post-colonial and intersectional thought; ethics; feminist and queer art practices; participatory and socially-engaged practices; expanded sculptural and public art practices, film, video and performance art, photo practices and artists’ writings. We aim to complement the existing knowledge, skills, and experience in the appointment of another artist.
HDK-Valand has well-equipped workshops and studios in central Gothenburg and has multiple partnerships with arts organisations.
The Senior Lecturer in Fine Art is expected to support the development of critical contextualisation, artistic practice, and research development of the Fine Art subject. The role involves teaching primarily in the MFA Programme in Fine Art. A successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in the Fine Art and Crafts Unit and the Fine Art subject area and in particular with colleagues from the MFA Fine Art programme. In addition, the position requires participation in the development of activities within the Crafts and Fine Art Unit and in the department’s working groups.
Teaching responsibilities and tasks include: the development and delivery of syllabus and course content, supervision of student projects, conducting examinations, administrative responsibilities and course leadership, including those pertaining to assessment, evaluation and quality assurance. Teaching formats can include lectures, seminars, workshops, field-work, and studio critique.
The work is mainly carried out on site at HDK-Valand in Gothenburg. Distance education may take place in accordance with the University of Gothenburg's current policy and guidelines.
The eligibility criteria for employing teaching staff are set out in Chapter 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg.
To be eligible for appointment as a senior lecturer within disciplines in the fine, applied or performing arts, the applicant is required to have demonstrated teaching expertise and been awarded a doctorate in fine, applied or performing arts, has demonstrated artistic expertise or has some other professional expertise that is of value in view of the subject matter of the post and the duties it will involve.
The position requires substantial experience in teaching at a higher education institutional level, and artistic skills at an international level within Fine Art. The candidate is required to have an advanced understanding of the diverse media of Fine Art and of the multiple formations of Fine Art practises from studio-based to post-studio practices, and from individual to collaborative practices.
The candidate will be an educator who is active as an artist with a strong record of artistic projects and/or exhibitions presented publicly. Forms of exhibiting are understood to be able to take place or circulate in multiple situations and places. As an artist the candidate will already be concerned with stimulating debate over the roles of art and of the artist in contemporary society, and its challenges. They may work consistently with a specific media or work across diverse media on a project-by-project basis. Likewise, questions of publicness will also inform their previous and current practice. The candidate will be suitably experienced to implement pedagogical methods that can support student artists to conceive of and engage with ideas, processes, and methods of artistic research and incorporate theory into their teaching.
Basis for evaluation of artistic ability
- Documented artistic skills at an international level in the field of Fine Art
- Visibility in artistic and professional contexts in the field of Fine Art
- Documented experience of successfully developing and leading artistic projects
- Demonstrated familiarity and competence within contemporary critical theories and current discourse in the subject area
- Documented artistic projects including exhibitions or curatorial activities
- Knowledge of and connection to international networks in the field of Fine Art
Basis for evaluation of educational ability
- Documented experience of programme and syllabus development, including examination formats
- Documented experience of lecturing, supervision, and examination within Higher Education
- Demonstrated ability to convey knowledge as well as commitment and interest in the subject field of Fine Art
- Demonstrated ability to translate current theoretical discourses in the field of Fine Art into teaching and practice development
- Demonstrated knowledge and insight into research within the field of Fine Art, including teaching research-oriented skills and the critical contextualisation of Fine Art practices.
- Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues
- Ability to develop and sustain national and international networks within the field of Fine Art
- Contribution to artistic research or artistic development work within the field
- Very good knowledge of the English language, both spoken and written
A doctorate within the subject is an advantageous qualification.
Applicants who have not previously undertaken the higher education pedagogical courses provided by the university (or equivalent) are expected to complete these within the first years of employment.
We will conduct an overall assessment and employ the candidate who is considered to possess the best prerequisites for implementing and developing the aforementioned tasks.
This appointment is time restricted accordingly to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 4, section 10 Konstnärlig verksamhet, for no longer than five years, but may be exteded. The employment is 60% of a full-time equivalent (FTE) and the location for this appointment is HDK-Valand in Gothenburg, Sweden. First day of employment is 1 January 2023 or another date we agree upon.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Katarina Andersson, manager Unit Crafts and fine art firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at HDK-Valand, email@example.com
Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande
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Applications must be received by: 30 May 2022.
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