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Job Opportunity for BIPOC Emerging Curators

By August 9, 2021No Comments

MSVU Art Gallery, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery seek a detail-oriented and creative graduate to serve Halifax as a Young Curator. The ideal candidate for this curatorial internship will be energetic, eager to develop programming for contemporary art galleries, and will be driven to make their curatorial practice relevant in their community. Above all else, they will be committed to the advancement of Black, Indigenous, or Person of Colour (BIPOC) visual arts practitioners and audiences.

About the Opportunity

This is a full-time, 8 month-long curatorial opportunity for emerging, or young, curators who identify as BIPOC and face or explore barriers to the contemporary art sector on that basis. Working as an employee of MSVU Art Gallery and collaboratively with Dalhousie and SMU art galleries, Halifax’s Young Curator will work with the support of three director/curators to realize three projects, gaining experience in the curatorial field and contributing to curatorial programming across the city of Halifax. The opportunity will emphasize project management, exhibition coordination, curatorial writing, artist relations, and interpretation.  The wage for this position is $21.00/hour for 35 hours per week.

MSVU Art Gallery, Dalhousie Art Gallery, and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery strive to be welcoming and understanding, and are committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. We are committed to ongoing learning about how we can minimize structural obstacles within our own organizations and practices. Supports to facilitate remote work will be provided as needed. All reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

About You

This internship is for an emerging visual arts curator who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify.

We seek a candidate who has a master’s degree or equivalency in fine arts; art history; museum, cultural, or curatorial studies; or similarly appropriate degree. Advanced study in other areas will be considered with commensurate experience. Previous work experience should include time spent in an art gallery, museum, or cultural centre environment. Contributions to and engagement with cultural productions outside of visual arts (e.g. performing arts, community works, literary festivals) will be considered relevant.

The ideal candidate will show evidence of arts writing and will be able to provide a writing sample or document of other public communication. They will be able to work on both Mac and PCs, have a basic understanding of the use and function of Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook) and (ideally) will have some experience working with collections management databases (e.g. Access, FileMaker, TMS). Interest in contemporary curatorial discourse and practice is a must.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria and be:

  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • not more than 30 years old;
  • a college or university graduate;
  • willing to commit to the full duration of the internship;
  • free from another full-time job at the time of the internship.

We understand that it is inherent in a project serving under-represented communities that a suitable candidate may bring valuable abilities and experiences that do not fall within conventional institutional parameters. We will apply the maximum possible openness and flexibility in interpreting the formal criteria of the program under which the position is funded. In the case of formal academic credentials or institutional experience, we will give due weight to equivalent experience.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, 250-1000 word writing sample or link to equivalent public communication, and resume or CV to art.gallery@msvu.ca by Wednesday, August 18 at 4:00pm ADT. (Please note: the original deadline for this posting was July 21, 2021).

Applications may be addressed to MSVU, Dal, and SMU Art Gallery Directors.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

About the Galleries

Located in the Halifax Regional Municipality, MSVU Art Gallery is on the campus of Mount Saint Vincent University. Dalhousie Art Gallery and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery are similarly located on their respective campuses. All are situated on Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral, unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. Through exhibitions, publications, and public programming, each Gallery fosters informed, critical responses to works of contemporary and historical art. Each also holds a collection of between 800 and 2500 or more works of art.

Learn more at msvuart.caartgallery.dal.ca, and smuartgallery.squarespace.com

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