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

  • Caitin Franzmann, 'to the curve of you' performance. Photo: Marc Pricop.

  • Art Enquirer 2019 studio visit with Vernon Ah Kee. Photo: Savannah van der Niet.

  • Loops and Knots: a festival of weaving across waters. Photo: Louis Lim

  • Art Enquirer 2019. Photo: Savannah van der Niet.



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 gallery 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 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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  • IMA Program Assistant (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander)

    About the role
    The IMA Program Assistant is a position created to support an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander arts worker in the early stages of their career. The successful candidate will be employed on a part-time contract, during which they will be supported to work across a broad range of activities. This role can be tailored to suit the candidate’s professional development interests, and is generously supported by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney. 

    Suitable for an entry level arts worker, recent graduate, or current student, the IMA Program Assistant will gain knowledge and experience across all aspects of gallery and institutional management. The successful candidate will be supported to explore and learn how different teams within an institution interact to achieve the organisation’s overarching goals. They will have the opportunity to gain insights across administration, curatorial, programming, research, development, operations as well as event planning and delivery. The candidate will work alongside leading arts professionals and the role is designed to prepare them to become a future Australian arts sector leader.  

    This role is responsive to the candidate’s career interests and aspirations, and can be tailored to focus on areas which will best support the candidate’s professional development. For example, the role might choose to focus approximately one day per week on curatorial and programming, and one day per week on development and operations. The successful applicant and manager will work together to create a tailored position description and professional development program that outlines delivery expectations. 

    The role is part-time, 0.4 FTE, 15 hours per week, 10-months (43 weeks), non-renewable, $55,000 per annum, pro rata ($22,000), approximately $423 per week + 10.5% superannuation.

    The role also includes a $1,500 professional development/travel bursary, which can be used for a professional development outcome agreed on between the employee and manager.  

    Given this is a part-time position, the IMA recognises that the successful candidate may need to balance the role alongside other commitments. The IMA offers flexible working arrangements, which will be negotiated with the successful applicant. 

    The incumbent will work with the IMA to ensure cultural protocols are met throughout their employment and will be supported by the IMA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, who offers feedback and guidance on the organisations programs, policy and cultural protocols.

    Download the full Position Description here.


    About you
    We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about contemporary visual arts and the Australian cultural sector. The ideal candidate will be in the early stages of their career or a recent graduate, and be looking to gain insight into all aspects of cultural institution management. 

    You will have the ability to communicate clearly with a broad range of stakeholders, as well as to work collaboratively across a small and dedicated team. You will have an interest in writing across varied styles from marketing to curatorial and grant applications. The ideal candidate will have strong administration skills, be highly organised, have attention to detail and excellent time management skills.  

    In this role, you will gain experience working for a leading cultural institution alongside a creative and inspiring team. The successful candidate may use this opportunity to find their area of specialisation by exploring and learning from the IMA team, or they may seek to more broadly understand the institutions operations as an initial pathway to a career in small to medium arts organisations.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for a candidate who has recently graduated or is seeking to begin a career in arts administration.


    Application process
    Applications should consist of a current CV and a 1–2 page cover letter introducing yourself, your interest in visual art, any relevant work experience you might have, and your career ambitions. This will help us understand how the IMA can support you as a candidate. Please include the names and contact details of two referees.

    Applications should be sent to Samantha Jones, Assistant Director, samantha@ima.org.au as soon as possible. Applications will be assessed as they are received. 

    If you have any further questions about the role, please contact Samantha Jones on (07) 3252 5750 or at samantha@ima.org.au.

    The IMA values diversity in the workplace. People with disability, LGBTIQA+ people and culturally and linguistically diverse applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. If you require any adjustments during the recruitment process, please contact Samantha Jones, samantha@ima.org.au



Open Calls and Programs

  • the churchie emerging art prize

    the churchie emerging art prize is one of Australia’s leading prizes for emerging artists. Presented at the IMA since 2019, the finalists’ exhibition provides a survey of the compelling and diverse work being produced by emerging artists today.

    Entries for ‘the churchie’ 2023 are now open. Entry to this annual prize is open to artists of all ages and disciplines who identify as early career and are Australian citizens or residents. Artists may submit up to five artworks for consideration, accompanied by an artist CV, and a 300-word artist statement.

    Entries close Monday, 13 March 2023, at 5.00pm AEST. Enter at churchieemergingart.com.au.

  • The Visual Field: Art Industry Insights for Teens

    The Visual Field is our professional development program for teens curious about a career in the arts after school. Participants will meet artists, curators, content creators, and industry professionals to explore different career pathways during a weekend intensive at the IMA.  

    Grade 11 and 12 students are invited to learn about the industry, connect with likeminded peers, gain valuable art writing skills, and be immersed in the exciting world of contemporary art. This two-day face to face experience is delivered in partnership with Flying Arts Alliance.

    In 2023 The Visual Field will be held across two Queensland venues – Rockhampton Museum of Art, Rockhampton and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

    The Visual Field in Rockhampton
    Thurs 13, Fri 14, Sat 15 April 2023
    Applications close Thursday, 6 April 2023, 5.00pm
    Register here

    The Visual Field in Brisbane
    Thurs 29, Fri 30 June, Sat 1 July 2023
    Applications close Thursday, 22 June 2023, 5.00pm
    Register here

    Participation costs are only $100 for this three-day program and include catering. Bursaries are available to cover registration costs. Please contact Flying Arts for  registration or bursary enquiries at info@flyingarts.org.au or on +61 7 3216 132.

  • Jeremy Hynes Award

    Since 2009, the IMA has had the honour of presenting the $10,000 Jeremy Hynes Award to an experimental Queensland artist in the earlier stages of their career, made possible through a bequest from the family of artist Jeremy Hynes. Applications for this opportunity are currently closed.

The IMA acknowledges, thanks, and pays our deepest respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that we work with and the Country we work on.