• 2019 Jeremy Hynes Award recipient Tay Haggarty's performance 'Link'. Photo: Joe Ruckli.



Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

The IMA is always looking for enthusiastic people to join our Volunteer Program.

Being a volunteer at Australia’s oldest independent contemporary art space is a rewarding role and a great introduction into the contemporary art world in Australia. You will have the chance to meet the IMA staff, exhibiting artists, and members of Meanjin/Brisbane’s arts community. IMA Volunteers receive many incentives, including; regular training and tours from curators and artists, complimentary IMA publications, and a letter of referral.

If you would like to apply, please email ima@ima.org.au.

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Open Calls and Programs

  • Jeremy Hynes Award

    Jeremy Hynes was a much-loved figure in the Meanjin/Brisbane art scene. In the 1990s, he was known for his audacious, daredevil performance art (lighting fires, smashing mirrors, and confining his audience to taxis) and his experimental video work (with Georgie Pinn, he directed the animated music clip for Regurgitator’s Polyester Girl). In 2000, the IMA presented his show Macro-Surveillance.

    Since 2009, the IMA has had the honour of presenting the Jeremy Hynes Award to experimental Queensland artists, from a bequest made by the late artist’s family in his name. Recipients of the biennial award receive $10,000 to produce an exhibition or project at the IMA. Past recipients include Aha EnsembleTay HaggartyLu ForsbergLiam O’BrienChris HowlettAlex Cuffe, and Aaron Burton.

    We are calling for applications from experimental Queensland artists (individuals or collectives) to present an exhibition or project with us in 2025. Here, we understand Queensland artists to mean artists who were born here, live here, or have lived here. By experimental, we mean artists operating outside the white-cube context, artists who explore new media, artists who are interdisciplinary, and artists who embrace risk. There is no age restriction.

    Applicants will be assessed on their overall practice with the support of the submitted written responses, CV, portfolio, and linked content. We are seeking applications which demonstrate experimentation, artistic courage, a clear idea, and are scoped to the funds available. 

    Applications are to be made via the form here, before Sunday 9 June 2024, 11.59pm.

    Applicants should include:

    • their name and contact details
    • a one-page project pitch, scoped to the available funds
    • a CV, and a portfolio of previous works or a link to their website.

    The IMA values diversity in the workplace. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, LGBTIQA+ people, and culturally and linguistically diverse people are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity. If you require any adjustments during the application process, please contact us at apply@ima.org.au or on +61 7 3252 5750.

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.