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Job: Director/Curator, Artspeak

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, January 6. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Artspeak is a leading Canadian artist-run centre in Vancouver and presents contemporary visual art practices, publications, editions, talks, and events that encourage a dialogue between artists, writers, and critics. The mandate of the gallery is to exhibit contemporary art and to foster conversation between visual art and writing.Of particular interest is work that crosses the boundaries between the two disciplines, exploring their common areas of praxis – a distinct aspect of the history of cultural practice in this region. Throughout its twenty-five year history, Artspeak has played a significant role in addressing the historical, social, and intellectual conditions of contemporary visual and language arts production from the West Coast and beyond. Artspeak is a registered non-profit organization.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Director/Curator assumes full responsibility for carrying out the policies, regulations, and programming of Artspeak. The Director/Curator has complete authority to curate all exhibitions and talks, initiate publications, and to make related decisions while working with the existing mandate. They direct the day-to-day policies and operations; hire, delegate to, train, and supervise staff and/or volunteers.

Application deadline: January 14, 2011


-Curating all Artspeak exhibitions, talks, and events, or otherwise engaging guest curators; conceiving and editing Artspeak publications
-Overseeing all Artspeak programming (including any guest-curated or guest-edited projects), planning, and day-to-day operations
-Creating and administrating annual budget; keeping accurate books; and preparing monthly and yearly statements of revenues and expenditures
-Ensuring the operation of the gallery through successful grant applications from municipal, provincial, and federal governments, as well as foundations and other private sources
-Assisting the Board of Directors in reviewing policy, operational planning, organizational development, and fundraising campaigns
-Coordinating Board of Directors meetings, Annual General Meetings, retreats, and fundraising campaigns
-Overseeing Artspeak staff (including the fulltime Programme Coordinator position), interns, and volunteers


-3-5 years experience in the administration of an art gallery or other cultural institution
-Exemplary knowledge of contemporary art practices
-Prior experience in administering curatorial and publication projects
-Strong organizational and management skills
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills
-Proven track record in financial management and planning
-Successful grant writing experience with the ability to develop further fundraising opportunities


Salary: $40,000/annum plus benefits; six weeks paid vacation; travel costs as the budget allow

How to Apply:

Applications should include a brief letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. The deadline is January 14, 2011 and applications should be emailed to info [at] artspeak [dot] ca or mailed to the Artspeak Hiring Committee, 233 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2 Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted. We thank you in advance for your interest.

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