Portrait of a Senior Territorian award - EOI coordinator role

Arts and Culture, Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities (TFHC), seeks expressions of interest (EOIs) from individuals and organisations to:

  • assist
  • coordinate and
  • deliver the Portrait of a Senior Territorian Award and exhibition (PoaST).

The awards will be held from 6 to 19 December 2021.

To find out how to apply for the award, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

The event will be coordinated with TFHC.


The Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award started as a one-off event to celebrate the International Year of the Older Person in 1999.

The award and exhibition is now an annual event. It showcases the artistic talents of Northern Territory artists through their representations of our senior residents.

All of the winning portraits are acquired by the Northern Territory Government and held in the Araluen Arts Centre collection.

Winners will be announced at the opening event.

Prize money will be awarded as follows:

  • First prize $7,000 - Acquisition Award
  • Second prize $2,000
  • Third prize $500.

The People’s Choice Prize of $1,000 is decided by votes from the public.

The role

Funding of $28,000 is available to deliver the Award and exhibition, including the prize money.

Marketing and communications expenses (as per the approved communications plan) will be met by Arts and Culture.

A schedule, work plan, communications plan and project budget will be provided on commencement.

The budget includes provision of a $9,500 Coordinator fee, including on costs for an estimated 140 hours of work, which is aligned to the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Code of Practice 2017.

Hours of work

  • Flexible working hours
  • Start: Monday 11 October 2021
  • Finish: Wednesday 23 December 2021.


The PoaST Coordinator will coordinate all aspects of the Portrait of a Senior Territorian Award and Exhibition in collaboration with Arts and Culture staff, as outlined below:

  • Written and verbal communications with key stakeholders, participating artists and contractors
  • Assistance with delivery of the opening event and awards ceremony
  • Hiring of movable walls, lighting and hanging systems
  • Exhibition installation (including wall labels) and deinstallation
  • Contractor and supplier management and payment
  • Payments to award winners
  • Receipt, assessment and documentation of all entry artworks
  • Collating information and liaising with Arts and Culture printing of the exhibition catalogue (following NTG style guide, approvals and communications protocols)
  • Coordinating the judging panel and People’s Choice award
  • Liaising with Arts and Culture to produce media and marketing collateral
  • Securing and coordinating exhibition sitters, required
  • Arranging appropriate insurance for injury, damage and loss
  • Coordinating the pickup, delivery and/or packing and freight of sold and unsold artworks

Relevant skills and experience

  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven experience in coordinating and producing a public exhibition of artworks.
  • Proven experience in dealing with a wide range of clients from various backgrounds.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage workloads in order to meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability in the use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proven ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to fulfil responsibilities in collaboration with the Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities staff in a manner consistent with the Code of Conduct and the Department’s administrative requirements.

Submit an expression of interest

You must do all of the following:

Step 1. Complete all sections of the EOI form.

Portrait of a Senior Territorian award EOI PDF (157.7 KB)
Portrait of a Senior Territorian award EOI DOCX (60.0 KB)

Step 2. Label all attachments with your name.

Step 3. Email your submission and attachments to gail.carnes@nt.gov.au.

Your expression of interest must be submitted no later than 5pm, Friday 1 October.

For more information

Contact Gail Carnes, Manager Creative Industries by phone 08 8999 8906 or email gail.carnes@nt.gov.au

Last updated: 24 September 2021

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