Exhibition Docent: Ongoing

The Geoffrey Bawa Trust is seeking Docents for the exhibition, Geoffrey Bawa: It is Essential to Be There, to be held from 1 February – 3 April 2022 in Colombo. The exhibition includes a robust programme of events aimed at a wide audience and this opportunity will provide first hand insights into exhibition making and architectural history in Sri Lanka more generally. Although Bawa’s work has been exhibited in multiple venues in the UK, USA, Australia, India, Brazil, Singapore and Germany, this is the first comprehensive exhibition on Bawa’s work to be shown in Sri Lanka.

Requirements include representing the Geoffrey Bawa Trust to the public, answering questions about tours on site, by phone and email, selling exhibition merchandise and keeping inventory, providing general assistance to the Trust, and leading guided visits. In addition to questions about the exhibition, Docents should expect questions related to parking, restaurants and other activities in the area. Docents should be knowledgeable about tourist activities around Colombo and relating to Geoffrey Bawa. A highly motivated individual with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills is a must. The Docent will report to the Programme Manager. This is a part time position.

  • Ability to interact well with a wide range of people and personalities at all levels
  • Strong oral communication skills with the ability to lead and educate large groups of people if required
  • Excellent attention to detail, organisation and the ability to perform small administrative duties efficiently
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Interest in modern and contemporary art, architecture and design
  • Fluency in Sinhala and/or Tamil is a plus

Commit to working a minimum of 7 times per month up to 2 months (3 hourly time slots). Available shifts:
Monday – Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Monday – Sunday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Monday – Sunday 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Occasional special events and evening shifts may also be available:
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. or  9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

The Trust hopes to prepare prospective docents to deal with a variety of situations. The training sessions, which will take place prior to the exhibition opening, are designed to meet the following goals:
  1. Develop familiarity with the exhibition, merchandise inventory and associated programming
  2. Provide a general history background of Geoffrey Bawa’s practice

  1. A per diem 
  2. Letters of recommendation if requested
  3. Complimentary tour at Number 11/de Saram house in Colombo or Lunuganga/Ena de Silva house in Bentota

To apply to be a Docent, please email a resume and a brief letter of interest to Shanika Perera, Programme Manager at Geoffrey Bawa Trust: opportunities.gbt@gmail.com

Volunteer Programme: ongoing

Since launching  our Bawa 100 centenary programme, we have had a lot of interest from people who would like to volunteer at Lunuganga Trust. Volunteering is a great way to engage with your community, learn new skills, make friends and professional contacts, and engage more deeply with the legacy of an extraordinary architect and his collections. We accept volunteers aged 16 and over. Volunteers under 18 may be limited as to what volunteer opportunities are available to them. Volunteering is not equivalent to an internship or work experience. To find out more, or express interest, email opportunities.gbt@gmail.com

Ideal candidates should possess an appreciation for art, a genuine interest in engaging with the public, keen attention to detail, and a positive attitude. Geoffrey Bawa Trust volunteers are proactive, adaptable, and understand that reliability is key.

Internships: Closed 

The Geoffrey Bawa Trust aims to familiarize students and recent graduates with the operations of its Collections Management and Exhibition Programmes. The Curatorial Internship Programme is designed to provide professional experience to emerging practitioners in the design disciplines, the arts, the humanities, and cultural studies who are interested in exploring editorial and curatorial work in architecture and the arts. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the Trust's curatorial approach—in particular its collection, exhibitions, editorial projects, and research program. Interns work full-time or part-time for a period of three to nine months, and receive a stipend. Areas of focus include; research, archiving, conservation, framing, object handling and storage, exhibition design and fabrication.

Internship Positions (full-time):
Geoffrey Bawa Trust Research Internship
Geoffrey Bawa Trust Exhibitions Internship
Geoffrey Bawa Trust Archives Internship

Eligibility and Requirements
Internships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate keen interest and responsibility in their respective fields. Internships cannot be carried out remotely and candidates must be based in Sri Lanka in order to carry out the requirements of the position. Applications must include the following:
  • A one-page cover letter describing the relevance of the internship to your larger goals
  • A résumé or CV
  • An unofficial transcript of your undergraduate or graduate record
  • Two references, including Name, Title, Relationship to you and Email or Phone Number of Contact Person.

Applications should be emailed in a single .pdf format (file size less than 10 mb) to opportunities.gbt@gmail.com and be submitted by Sunday 15 August, 5 p.m. This position is only open to applicants who are legally eligible to work in Sri Lanka (citizens and those who have work permits).

Candidates will be contacted directly if an interview is appropriate.  Please understand that with the volume of applications we receive, we will not have a chance to contact everyone. Note that we do not retain resumes which are not for a current opening so we encourage applicants to check the website periodically for updates.

Assistant Curator: Closed

The Geoffrey Bawa Trust is a non-profit, public trust that was established in 1982 with the objectives of furthering the fields of Architecture, the Fine Arts and Ecological and Environmental Studies. We offer an exciting, inclusive work environment for enthusiastic, organized and proactive individuals who are eager to take part in the Trust’s mission, responding to new ideas and initiatives with insight and intelligence.

The Assistant Curator will work with the Geoffrey Bawa Trust’s curatorial team on managing and improving access to the Trust’s art and archival collections, both on site and digitally, and delivering an exciting public programme. A set number of hours between 3–5 workdays a week are required. Work hours are flexible and work can be carried out remotely so long as the candidate is available in person at weekly meetings as well as at Trust events etc as required. Salary is commensurate with work experience. A minimum of 3 years commitment to the position is required and the position will commence on July 1, 2021.

The Geoffrey Bawa Trust seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued. As an employer we foster an inclusive and flexible work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Eligibility and Requirements
Curatorial applicants must demonstrate keen interest and responsibility in the fields of architecture, art, conservation and public engagement.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in architecture, art history, art/museum education or related field OR 2 years of museum or institutional experience in curatorial or educational capacity required; equivalent education/experience considered. Must have exceptional organizational, event, and program management skills with the ability to nimbly prioritize and execute short-term and long-term projects. Must have excellent writing and communication skills in English, and preferably in at least one other language. Demonstrated ability to manage challenges and opportunities in unconventional, creative, and mission-focused manner and a conscientious, responsible work ethic is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree in architecture, art history or museum studies with emphasis on museum education preferred. Familiarity with modern and contemporary arts and with current museum policies and practices, critical pedagogy, and multicultural education helpful. Familiarity with strategies and tools for online engagement and the use of technology for interpretation and learning preferred.

Applications must include the following:
  • A one-page cover letter summarizing your interest in the position and providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in this brief.
  • A résumé or CV
  • An unofficial transcript of your undergraduate or graduate record
  • Contact information for two references who can speak to your suitability to the role.
  • Contact information should include Name, Title, Relationship to you and Email or Phone Number of Contact Person.

Applications should be emailed in a single .pdf format (file size less than 10 mb) to collections@gbtrust.net and be submitted by Friday 2 April, 5 p.m.

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