Employment opportunity at The Market Theatre

Market Theatre Photo Workshop
Market Theatre Photo Workshop

To develop, manage and consolidate research, exhibition projects and public programming of the Market Photo Workshop (MPW).
Business Unit: Market Photo Workshop
Manager: Research and Exhibitions Programming


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To develop, manage and consolidate research, exhibition projects and public programming of the Market Photo Workshop (MPW), as an interface between Market Photo Workshop students, alumni and the wider photography community and cultural sector. This includes conceptualising and producing exhibitions, engagement projects, offsite exhibitions and presentation of the Market Photo Workshop work at festivals. The position requires a strong competency in project management and the leveraging of visual knowledge resources of the Market Photo Workshop through archives-related holdings and projects, developing research and knowledge-production focused publications that engage students and the photography community.

Key Job Responsibilities:

Exhibitions development and programming:

  • Developing annual exhibition programme of mentorships and Alumni students at the Market Photo Workshop (MPW) gallery as well as Market square and Market theatre galleries (Photographers Gallery)
  • Conceptualising, developing and managing offsite or traveling exhibitions
  • Leveraging gallery facilities for non-exhibition public programming such as: Residencies
  • Gallery management and maintenance
  • Develop a students engagement programme with Market photo workshop exhibitions and galleries
  • Oversee and contribute to critique sessions and workshops relating to final exhibitions
  • Managing and oversee the curation of exhibitions and installations
  • Develop and manage Market Photo Workshop engagements and participation in both regional and international exhibitions, festivals and projects.

Research development and engagement programming:

  • Organise a series of symposiums and public tasks
  • Publication development and production
  • Develop projects and exhibitions relating to Archives
  • Manage residencies and residency outcomes
  • Attend and represent the MPW in delegated seminars and other forums focused on the visual arts, photography and archives.

Fundraising and partnerships:

  • Develop new partnerships with the organisation that share the same values and objectives as the Market Photo Workshop
  • Contribute to the development of fundraising proposals for exhibitions, publications, archives and research projects
  • Maintain funder and stakeholders relationships.


  • Activate media and marketing for exhibitions and exhibition activities supported by Market theatre Foundation brand and communication department
  • Activate media and marketing for research and archives-related projects in supported by MTF brand and communication department.

Project Administration:

  • Develop and implement project plans including logistical design and time frames
  • Leverage media in consultation with MTF brand & communication manager to ensure publicity of both projects and courses across a variety of media platforms
  • Monitor, assess and manage projects progress
  • Identify, manage, coordinate and support project staff
  • Ensure optimal use of finances, equipment, infrastructure and HRs within research and exhibitions programming
  • Maintain projects budget expenditure and keep records of all expenses as per internal governance processes
  • Assist and participate in the fundraising strategy of the Photo Workshop, especially for projects
  • Align projects with agreed criteria of funders
  • Deal with administrative matters around projects
  • Produce project and media reports
  • Plan and report on project budgets
  • Manage projects quality assessment process
  • Manage the staff development of self and project staff
  • reflect and review projects with Photo Workshop staff
  • Ensure regional, continental and international integration in programmes
  • Establish links with other like-minded organisations and the larger community- to partner, network and collaborate in appreciating and understanding photographic profile.

Key Competence Requirements:

  • Degree in Photography, cultural management or visual arts and postgraduate qualification will be advantageous
  • Minimum 5 years experience in creative/cultural projects and visual Arts project management/leadership
  • Minimum 2 years of proven staff and resources management
  • Minimum 2 years proven research experience within Arts sector both Academic and non-Academic
  • Critical global awareness of nature and role of photography, visual culture and Arts with a specialised focus on South Africa and African continent
  • Excellent communication skills, both Verbal and Written
  • Excellent leadership and project management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Understanding corporate Governance principles and Public Finance Management Act (PFMA)
  • Proven record of handling multiple projects
  • Availability to travel at given times and willingness to work beyond normal hours
  • Must be flexible and willing to adapt to changing working environment
  • Well organized and pay attention to detail
  • Reliability
  • Passionate, driven and dynamic.

Interested persons who meet the requirements are invited to send a concise CV to the Human Resources Department via e-mail to vacancies@markettheatre.co.za

Enquiries may be directed to Phanuel Pooe at 011 832 1641.

Please indicate the reference number of the post.

Reference, ITC and Criminal checks will be conducted.

Should you not hear from us within 30 days after the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.

The Closing Date for this position is 24 January 2019.

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