Vessel is delighted to announce two job opportunities for a curator and a fundraiser under 35.
The deadline to apply is the 30th of June.
The curator and the fundraising officer will support Vessel team in the development of the project Istituto per l’Immaginazione del Mediterraneo (Institute for the Imagination of the Mediterranean), starting from July 2018.

The IIM is a transdisciplinary pedagogical project that favours the encounter between artists and curators – whose practice adopts cooperative methodologies and whose research manifests itself through social and political processes – and regional groups and constituencies whose multiple forms of engagement operate locally and trans-locally.
Through a number of modules led by artists, curators, activists and experts from different disciplines, the activities that shape the programme address issues, urgencies and specificities of a region that positions itself in between Southern Europe and the Mediterranean area both in terms of its geography and in its cultural dimension.

In the context of the two pavilions at Fiera del Levante in Bari – in the region of Puglia, which Vessel has reclaimed and re-interpreted in collaboration with the architectural collective Kid A Playground Architecture, IIM connects a theoretical approach to the practice itself through the adoption of curatorial methodologies such as co-research and Participatory Action Research.


The IIM’s ethos is based on the notion of re-appropriation of our capacity to act collectively in society, on equality, on care and on the social and environmental sustainability of its activities. We aim to co-produce, share and disseminate both specialist and non-specialist knowledge.


Part time: 3 days p/w
Period: July – November 2018 with the possibility to extend the role
Place of work: Bari (Italy) / Fiera del Levante
Desirable criteria: under 35
Deadline: 30 June 2018

This post is to manage the residency and public programme as part of Vessel’s IIM project, which operates at the intersection of art and social engagement. The candidate will take prime responsibility for the delivery of the residency and the public programme, and for commissioning and managing projects with wide community groups. The role will work across all aspects of Vessel’s work specifically with artists, activists, producers, and community groups.

Main duties include:

  • Maintain and develop strong, meaningful relationships with artists, partners and participants in order to deliver projects, recruit participants and respond to their needs
  • Work directly with artists and groups to produce projects
  • Develop a strong network of local, regional and international partners including (but not limited to) community groups, schools and universities
  • Design and deliver a public programme of talks, workshops and seminars that are relevant for Vessel’s topics
  • Outline and deliver an engagement plan to bring together a diverse range of participants to projects
  • Support artists throughout projects
  • Deliver meaningful evaluation throughout all projects and document and report on this.
  • Ensure that health and safety, equal opportunities, child and vulnerable adult protection policies and procedures are adhered to
  • Liaise with other organisations, community groups and individuals in order to support creative and educational partnerships.
  • Work alongside the Directors to coordinate and implement Vessel’s
  • Report back at meetings and write reports
  • Manage project budgets
  • Work with Directors and Development Officer to identify areas of development and potential new fundraising opportunities

Essential skills/experience:

  • Experience of working with artists, community groups and other outside agencies in creating participatory projects
  • Knowledge of working with a wide range of participants, groups and communities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication working with a diverse range of people
  • A high standard of organisation and efficiency
  • Numeracy and budgeting skills
  • A knowledge of and keen interest in curatorial research, alternative education and contemporary visual and live arts, performance, digital and time-based media
  • Excellent knowledge of the not for profit art system
  • Fluency in both Italian and English

Marketing and Communication competences:

  • Liaise with Marketing team on targeted campaigns across email, social media, print and press
  • Administrate and update participant Facebook page
  • Oversee the delivery of the events programme
  • Co-ordinate documentation of projects including distribution of all print and videos

Desirable skills / experience / requirements:

  • Interest in/knowledge of the work of Vessel
  • Born after 1983


Part time: 3 days p/w
Period: July – November 2018 with the possibility to extend the role
Place of work: Bari (Italy) / Fiera del Levante
Desirable criteria: under 35
Deadline: 30 June 2018

Working closely with staff across the organisation, you will work on many aspects of fundraising, delivering against targets and helping to secure a sustainable future for the work of the Vessel and the IIM project.
You will have knowledge of a wide range of fundraising techniques. You will be an exceptional communicator and enjoy working collaboratively, maximising the skills and experience of colleagues whenever possible. You will be skilled at managing multiple relationships, activities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment and enjoy working across a broad portfolio.

In order to apply please send a cover letter and a CV in one pdf (max 2000 words) to with subject Job Opportunity – [position you are applying for]