Guldagergaard-ICRC: Assistantship Call Out
Apply before March 15th 2017
Position: One Year Assistant (2 positions available)
Working time: 20 hours flexitime per week
Receives in kind: Accommodation in a shared room and a studio space at Guldagergaard ICRC, honorarium of 7,000 DKK towards own materials and firings.
Contract: 1 year
Start Date: 1st August 2017
End Date: 1st August 2018
Application Deadline: 12:00 (GMT + 1) 15th March 2017
Application: Please send all applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Assistantship at Guldagergaard provides a unique opportunity to be part of a professional team that supports the development of technical and professional skills, enhances career prospects, and supports the assistant gaining experience in the ceramic field. Our focus is on providing our staff with an attractive context, in which they can develop and exploit their potential in the best possible way.
It is Guldagergaard’s hope to encourage a strong understanding of ceramics through a variety of special projects that support research at Guldagergaard-ICRC. The Assistantship Program is open for applications from emerging artists, recent graduates and students.
Assistantships last for 1 year. Apply here.
What do we expect of you?
This position is suitable for any graduating student or recent graduate from a ceramics program with a basic level of technical knowledge in ceramics.
We are looking for a positive, adaptable person who is organised, with a service-orientated attitude. It is important that the you can prioritise workloads, work both independently and as part of a team with the ability to take initiative with regards to the day to day up keep of the studio and house.
It is essential that you are able to temporarily live in Denmark for the duration of the Assistantship.
How will you work?
As a one year Assistant you will be an integral part of the Guldagergaard team, supporting members of staff in all aspects of the day to day running of the centre.
You will be required to work 20 hours a week for Guldagergaard on a flexitime basis. You will meet with the studio staff every Monday morning to plan any specific jobs for the week on top of the general daily duties. From here, you can manage your own working hours for the week. These hours are to be worked within the opening hours of Guldagergaard, Monday – Friday 9:00 – 16:00. On occasion, it might be required for you to work some of these hours in the evening or on the weekend.
General duties include, but are not limited to:
• Maintaining and cleaning of both the studio and communal areas of the house.
• Welcoming of residents to the house, being on hand to answer any questions.
• Introducing new residents to the house facilities of the manor house, including: recycling, trash, kitchen, library, communal areas, laundry facilities etc.
• Supporting staff members in the set up for public events such as exhibition openings, and preparing drinks or food for meetings held by the director.
• Preparing studio spaces, materials and equipment for incoming residents, visiting artists, workshops and other programs.
• Preparing glazes and slips for general use in the studio and recycling of clay.
• Working with the Studio technician to maintain material stock levels in the studio.
• Programming of electric kilns in studio for residents
• Assisting the kiln yard technician in the running and maintaining of the wood kilns.
• Working on a self directed research project that will be developed into an archive for the future use at Guldagergaard.
How will you benefit from the Assistantship?
This experience will be hugely beneficial to your practice by gaining experience in a professional ceramics studio, whilst expanding your ceramic knowledge. At Guldagergaard, we wish to attract and retain the most talented and best qualified staff, and we wish to provide young artists with the best opportunities to expand their horizon and develop their artistic universe. Guldagergaard is an international workplace, which stimulates innovation, originality and the desire to experiment. We support the development opportunities of each of our staff members through an educational environment, which promotes knowledge sharing, development and positive forms of collaboration.
Outside of your working hours for Guldagergaard, you will have your own studio space to develop and explore your own ceramic practice, with full access to all the studio facilities available. Whilst you are here you will have accommodation for one year in a shared room in the manor house.
While here, you can explore and research areas like plaster, mold and model making, slip casting, glaze development (including electric and gas firing, altering and developing glazes), 3D design and printing (including software knowledge & design), wood firing (including contemporary technologies used within this traditional firing technique, glaze testing, and development), print making: surface and clay (making decals, printing onto clay, using CAD and non-technological methods of altering images, printing techniques, etc.).
A small honorarium of 7.000 DKK will be provided to go towards the use of materials and firing of all kilns in your own ceramic practice whilst you are here. As an assistant you are also able to participate in workshops provided by Guldagergaard at the student rate.
Since this is an unpaid position it is recommended that you apply for funding to support your personal costs whilst you are living here.
How to apply?
For your application you will need:
• Cover letter explaining your suitability to the position of Assistant
• 5 images of recent work
• Your Skype address
The ceramic advisory board will review all applications. A Skype or phone call interview to assess suitability and understanding of the proposed project may be conducted by a member of staff.
For more information and inquiries please contact: email@example.com
What previous assistants says about the assistantship program:
The Treasure chest from Guldagergaard
“Behind buckets of glaze scraps and molded plaster forms, a little box emerges. The labels says: Presents from Guldagergaard. Recently returned back to Denmark from London and now preparing a teaching schedule, I am suddenly reminded of a finished, but important chapter of my ceramic journey.
The box contains little presents I received from artists I met during my stay at Guldagergaard as an Assistant. Wrapped up in crackling bubble wrap, one treasure after the other rolls out. Richard Notkin, Jorge Camal, Kate Hyde, Ilona Romule, Katrine Køster Holst, Pekka Paikkari, Kerrie Ahern, Sten Lykke Madsen…
At the auction house these treasures may not bring in a huge amount, but I have found another way to value them. The personal meeting with the above mentioned artists helped expand my ceramic horizon. With all due respect to my thorough training at the Design school in Kolding, these meetings were really the trigger that gave me the courage and desire to continue out into the world with ceramics as my occupation.
To meet people who are dedicated to what they do and spend their creativity to find new possibilities and thereby evolving their craft, has been a gift for me.
At times when it has been hard to see my way ahead of me, it has been a great asset to have these role models to look to. Every time I have visited Guldagergaard since I left the position as an assistant, something new has happened. Guldagergaard is truly evolving and keeps looking for new possibilities for the ceramic arts in spite of busy schedules and a small budget. My year at Guldagergaard was a complex and intense experience – I wouldn’t have missed it for a thing!”
– Anna Andersen, Denmark
Current Research Assistants
- Sanna Anna Hajnos, Sweden, August 15th 2016 – August 15th 2017
- Jeanne Magneat, Switzerland, August 15th, 2016 – August 15th, 2017