VACANCY: Curator - Constitutional Court Art Collection


Deadline: 14 April 2023 – interviews to be held in the last week of April
Location: Constitutional Court, Johannesburg

The Constitutional Court Trust (CCT) is looking for a curator to join a dynamic young team working on the Constitutional Court Art Collection (CCAC) at the CCT. This curator will work closely with the curator of public engagement, under the supervision of the CCT Trust Manager.

This is a 1 year fixed contract post, starting no later than July 2023, renewable depending on funding and performance. This role will require some travel, and weekend work.


Established soon after South Africa's transition to democracy, the Constitutional Court Trust (CCT) exists to promote human rights, the rule of law, constitutionalism and judicial independence in the African region - with a special focus on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. It does so through artistic expression, legal scholarship and exchange programmes, public education and library initiatives.

The CCT is the custodian of the Constitutional Court Art Collection (CCAC), a unique collection of predominantly South African artworks, many of which are internationally acclaimed, that stimulate and enrich education, critical debate and research on the transformative role of the Constitution and the Constitutional Court of South Africa, based on the values of freedom, dignity and equality.

To learn more about the CCAC, go to


  • Ensuring that the CCAC is cared for and exhibited thoughtfully and responsibly, and made widely accessible for the benefit of the Constitutional Court and Constitution Hill communities, and the wider public, in line with CCT's mandate, heritage obligations and best practice;
  • Overseeing the day to day management of the programme, including maintenance of art storage and display spaces, collection management system, exhibition rotations, CCAC conservation projects, publications, events and marketing, in close consultation with the curator of public engagement;
  • Supporting the management and strategic development of the CCAC programme, including through the identification and fostering of potential funding opportunities, completion of projects and providing other support to the CCT Trust Manager;
  • Supervising the work of CCAC assistant curators and interns, and any CCAC contractors,  and  representing the CCT in meetings with key stakeholders, as directed by the CCT Trust Manager.


  • Must be a South African citizen or permanent resident and have a degree in visual arts, curatorial studies, museum / heritage studies, or another demonstrably relevant field;
  • Should have at least 3 - 5 years relevant post-qualification experience, with progressive responsibility;
  • Must have excellent IT skills, with experience working with web-based content / collection management systems;
  • Must have experience in conducting public tours and coordinating events;
  • Must have demonstrable leadership and management experience, including people and financial management, as well as programme and records management;
  • Requires excellent written and oral communications skills, with eye for detail, and the ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Must have a strong commitment to human rights within the South African context and good knowledge of South African history;
  • Requires a motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and as part of a team to achieve timely outcomes, with a strong commitment to high quality service.


  • InDesign / PhotoShop / LightRoom proficiency;
  • Experience working with funders, managing projects, overseeing project budgets and preparing reports;
  • Experience working on publications and developing web / social media content;
  • Experience developing and delivering education programmes, mentoring graduate interns and student placements;
  • Familiarity with art conservation principles, ideally with practical experience in working with conservators, overseeing conservation projects;
  • A valid driver's licence and own transport.


Submit a CV (no more than 3 pages), with cover letter (no more than 1 page), copies of academic transcripts, a sample of an exhibition, relevant publication, product or educational materials you were responsible for developing that has direct relevance to the role being advertised, and up-to-date contact details of at least three professional referees to NOTE: The subject line of your email must include the following:  CCAC curator 2023/04 – [Your Name]. Your cover letter should include a short indication of your motivation for applying for this position.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.