Shimmer is a curatorial studio that experiments publicly with ‘thinking-in-progress.’ In other words, we create an intimate space that operates with a studio-like attitude where knowledge happens through participation and experimentation. Shimmer takes it name from ‘Shimmer, When All You Love Is Being Trashed’ a lecture given by anthropologist and feminist theorist Deborah Bird Rose in 2014. Her talk champions sincerity and community in a world of greed and denigration. With this mindset, Shimmer seeks to make experimental exhibitions and foster relations with artists, audiences. In this way, we hope our activities gather and stretch across and overtime while providing breathing room for artists, audiences, and artworks that work with us.
8 hours, 1 day a week
Rate: 16 euros per hour + 21% VAT
The assistant position at Shimmer is a supportive role with elements of hosting, project and administrative support. The assistant will be at Shimmer on Fridays, where they will respond to RSVPs and greet guests, engaging them in relation to the work and Shimmer itself. This part of the role is made easy because you will be involved in supporting the projects – you will be liaising with artists, writers, designers, and other people involved in the program to ensure each contribution happens in a timely manner. You will also be chiefly responsible for the archive, sorting contributions and documentation accordingly to make sure that everything is in order for each part of each exhibition and event.
You may occasionally provide manual assistance with the installation of work, and/or gathering or sourcing of materials needed. As such, you will see Shimmer’s transformations and be able to inform visitors of the mutations and the decisions behind them. Lastly, you will also be handed other administrative tasks, some of which support the program and some the general running of Shimmer.
It is important that you live in Rotterdam and have an interest in exhibition-making, curating and some experience in arts administration. The working language of Shimmer is in English and Dutch. Tasks that you may expect to perform as the assistant:
Liaising with contributors to projects. Gathering, researching archiving and keeping a record of submissions/project materials.
Preparing material (i.e. videos, or press packs).
Checking and proofing content.
Focused research to support the program. Occasional assistance with installation, and maintaining the space.
Inviting guests into the building, talking to them about the show.
Keeping space tidy and organized.
Opening and closing space.
Responding to RSVPs, and managing lists.
Archiving (such as images and receipts). Updating contact lists.
Updating details on the website. Proofing press releases and other documents.
Preparing and arranging postage and shipping.
Other general admin.
Maintaining incoming and outcoming general communication (rsvps and requests).
Maintaining social media accounts (facebook & Instagram).
Occasionally contacting and liaising with the press.