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Job - Programming Coordinator, Interaccess

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, November 20. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Interaccess: Programming Coordinator
Deadline December 2

Position Type: Regular 30 hours/week, evenings and weekends as required
Salary: $26,500 - $30,000 starting salary
Years Experience: 2+


 A benefits package is available after a three-month probation period is completed. Four weeks paid vacation, in addition to statutory holidays, offered. InterAccess provides professional development opportunities.

InterAccess seeks a motivated arts professional to step into the role of Programming Coordinator.

InterAccess was incorporated in 1983 as a non-profit, artist-run access centre, under the name Toronto Community Videotex. Today, InterAccess is Ontario's only gallery and production facility devoted exclusively to electronic media art. From its early incarnations as a non-profit, artist-run access centre in the mid-1980s to its current role as a global participant in electronic media art curation and exhibition, InterAccess has ambitiously explored artistic practices associated with interactivity; networked and remote connection; and experimental interfacing between the physical and virtual.

InterAccess has a mandate to present new media art by local, national and international artists. Currently the program promotes experimentation with conceptual models and contexts for visual art that have allowed the program to expand beyond gallery exhibitions to include cross-disciplinary works, site-specific and Internet projects, and co-productions.

The Programming Coordinator reports to the Executive Director, and is responsible for:

Developing and communicating a dynamic vision for the Exhibitions Program
Research, studio visits, soliciting and reviewing submissions
Identifying international artists to complement local work
Curating exhibitions and all associated programming

Writing and editing publications
(including web and media releases)
Coordinating public events and receptions, talks, tours and screenings
Installation of exhibitions; coordination with artists and exhibition partners
Assisting with grants and seeking opportunities for sponsorship

Tracking and monitoring budget components related to program expenditures

BA/BFA required, MA/MFA an asset
Understanding of contemporary art practices

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (Knowledge of French or a second language an asset)
Strong organizational skills
; detail oriented
Brings a high level of self-direction and initiative with strong time-management abilities
Ability to provide direction and work with a diverse staff, board and membership
High capacity to meet deadlines and work under pressure

A clear understanding of Canadian artist-run centres
Knowledge of managing publications and print projects (Graphic design experience an asset)
Experience installing a variety of art exhibitions

Experience making or presenting new media art

A technician and skilled volunteers support activities. Professional development and on-site training is provided. The following would be considered assets:

Good working knowledge of web languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (PHP an asset)
Experience with MySQL and FTP programs
Knowledge of common CMS systems, WordPress etc.
Knowledge of Internet Protocols, setting up local networks, setting up Internet connections for artworks
Working knowledge of common programs such as Arduino, Processing, Pure Data, and Max/MSP
Basic understanding of electronics and electronic fabrication
Advanced experience in Mac OSX and Windows (Linux an asset)
Experience with Adobe CS
Understanding of video codecs, resolutions, and projector/monitor requirements.
Knowledge of Final Cut Pro, FFMPEG (Other conversion and production programs an asset)
Experience installing and routing cabling
Basic construction and fabrication abilities
Experience working with sound and P.A. systems


“Programming Coordinator Position”
c/o Laura Berazadi, Executive Director, InterAccess
info -at-
Please apply no later than Friday, December 2.
Include cover letter, CV, and a writing sample.
InterAccess is committed to the principles of Employment Equity and encourages applicants to self-identify.

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Job - Senior Curator, TD Bank Group, deadline August 24

Posted by April Steele • Thursday, August 18. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The Senior Art Curator will oversee the TD Art Department and its collections, and will manage and work closely with the art coordinator to implement and maintain a strategy and vision for the collection, its outreach and its acquisitions strategy. This is a part time (2 days a week), 2 year contract position (renewable).

Reporting to the VP of Community Relations, the Senior Art Curator will:

Implement overall strategy for collection – acquisition and engagement
implement and adhere to collections mandate and vision
Implement a de-accession strategy for suitable works
Implement and adhere to department policies
Oversee preservation and safekeeping of the collection
work with the various real estate projects to acquire appropriate works for those locations
manage the administrative tasks of the art department
implement education strategies for staff, clients and public
staff and community engagement
community outreach and connection to museums, galleries and artists nationally
guide junior curatorial position
The Senior Art Curator is responsible for:

Developing an enterprise-wide corporate art policy for TD Bank Group that takes into account a range of factors including art market realities and TD's evolving real estate and premises' design policies. This includes an acquisition and de-accession strategy, collection management and ways TD can leverage our collection to support community relations, brand and business development objectives.

Lead by implementing an overall vision for the collection by effectively researching, selecting, recommending and purchasing all works to be included in the bank's art collection.

Executing the acquisition strategy by working with business partners including real estate, architects and interior designers, as well as the art committee, the curator will make recommendations for major purchases and acquire appropriate art for executive offices and other high profile locations and ensure the placement of high quality artworks throughout the bank.

Managing the collection by working with the art coordinator to arrange for the evaluation of the collection for insurance purposes, developing and executing a plan to dispose of images no longer seen as central or appropriate for the collection and ensuring images and other pieces in the collection are appropriately maintained and restored as necessary.

Leveraging the bank's art collection through programming, by overseeing, and promoting, the Inuit Gallery, identifying and developing opportunities to promote the art collection through loans, exhibits, educational programmes and other activities that showcase both individual pieces as well as the range and scale of the bank's collection.

Leveraging the reputation of TD as a collector and a supporter of the arts and the expertise of the curator through active community outreach including curatorial support for events, not-for- profit organizations and other programs, as well as development of art-related business development programs that support TD businesses, especially Wealth Management. This will include off-site evening events, tours of the collection, etc.

Maintain and improve standard of expertise by visiting galleries and exhibits on a regular basis; by reading journals and publications; by cultivating contacts and good working relations within the art community.

Oversee and control the accounting function for the art collections and the art department by ensuring accurate accounting and financial reporting for the fixed asset accounts; by analyzing variances and making recommendations to the Manager; by maintaining and reporting insurance evaluations; by preparing and monitoring expense plans; by maintaining up-to-date procedural manuals.


MA in Art History, Museums Studies, or equivalent work experience
Curatorial experience at a gallery or museum level
Strong knowledge of the history of Canadian Art and Contemporary Art
Knowledge of American ArtKnowledge of the art market (Sales prices, auction results)
Strong connections to the Visual Arts community (Curators, dealers, artists)
Strong communication skills and public speaking
Strong administrative and organizational skills; knowledge of database management preferred
Knowledge of computer programs such as Word, excel, photoshop
Please send resumes to Daniel Faria at daniel.faria(at) No phone inquiries please.

Deadline for applications is August 24, 2011.
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Opportunity - Curatorial Internships, The Power Plant

Posted by April Steele • Friday, July 8. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curatorial Internships at The Power Plant

Deadline: Ongoing

Reporting to the Curator & Head of Programs and other members of The Power Plant's Curatorial team, the Curatorial Intern provides a range of administrative and research assistance related to The Power Plant's exhibitions, publications and editions, public programs, and website.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


• Contributing to grant applications
• Preparing packages for couriers/mailing
• Processing material for the reference library
• Managing the catalogue exchange database
• Coordinating the submissions review program
• Compiling exhibition checklists and didactic panels
• Assisting with the promotion of events, publications and editions
• Assisting with artist and speaker travel, hotel arrangements and hospitality
• Assisting in compiling departure packages for artists, galleries and lenders


• Compiling exhibition reading packs and bibliographies
• Sourcing images and captions for publicity material and publications
• Researching funding sources for exhibitions, programming and publications
• Identifying publications to sell in the bookstore and include in the reading room
• Researching artists for exhibitions, participants for public programs and writers for publications

Writing and Editing

• Assisting with proof reading and copy editing
• Preparing material for the website and Facebook
• Preparing texts on artists, public programs, exhibitions, catalogues and artists' editions

Public Interaction

• Assisting at events
• Responding to enquiries from the public
• Preparing and leading a Sunday Scene gallery tour with another Intern

Requirements and Timeframe

Internships are unpaid and are open to anyone with a serious interest in contemporary art. Applicants have typically completed an undergraduate degree in the visual arts, art history or the humanities, but we consider all applications. We also encourage Interns to bring their own projects/initiatives to the table, and we strive to work with Interns' specific strengths and interests.

We require a minimum of 2 days per week for 3 months, during office hours of 9 AM – 5 PM, or the equivalent number of hours or days over a shorter period of time.

How to Apply for an Internship

Please send the following materials by email to info(at) with the subject line "Curatorial Internship."

• CV
• Letter outlining why you would like to intern at The Power Plant and your past experience in the field of contemporary art. Include details of when you would seek to start/finish and confirm your ability to meet the necessary time requirements.
• Contact information for two referees (one academic, one previous employer, if possible)
• Writing sample (a class essay, a published text or an article you intend for publication)

There is no strict deadline for applying for a Curatorial Internship. However, we suggest that you contact us at least four months in advance as they are highly competitive – typically we take on 8-10 per year and they are confirmed several months in advance.

The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
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Job - Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, deadline July 5

Posted by April Steele • Tuesday, June 21. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada's leading art museum, is seeking an experienced curator to bring a dynamic vision to the role of Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. Following the completion of a recent $300 million Frank Gehry designed expansion project, the AGO maintains a position of prominence as a cultural leader, serving diverse communities in Canada’s largest city.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Curatorial Affairs, the Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art is responsible for leading and directing the AGO-organized exhibition development and programming in modern and contemporary art and photography. Working closely with a network of patrons, members, donors, trustees and other external stakeholders to ensure collection growth and shape the future of our institution as a leading presenter of art in our time, the Curator directs a team of curatorial professionals to plan, build and present the permanent collection of modern and contemporary art in innovative new ways.

The ideal candidate will have recognized expertise in contemporary art with an advanced degree in art history and a distinguished record of scholarly achievement. it is expected that the Curator would have a minimum of ten years of curatorial or related experience and established links with colleagues internationally, a comprehensive knowledge of museum practice, excellent administrative, interpersonal and organization skills, and the ability to work efficiently in a team-based workplace.

Please apply online at (About the AGO/Jobs & Volunteering). The deadline date to apply for this position will be July 5, 2011.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
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Opportunity - Grange Prize Internship, Art Gallery of Ontario, deadline Apr 21

Posted by April Steele • Monday, April 18. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Grange Prize Intern, Department of Curatorial Affairs, Art Gallery of Ontario
Twelve weeks, starting late April / early May 2011
Up to 35 hours per week (variable hours)
Application deadline: April 21st, 2011

For one student currently enrolled in a post-secondary Museum Studies or Curatorial studies program, the Art Gallery of Ontario has an opportunity for an intern to learn about a range of project management activities.

For the length of this placement, the intern will aid the project manager in implementing the 2011 Grange Prize by promoting public engagement of the award and exhibition.

Specific activities include:

Assist project manager with the implementation of the Grange Prize website and exhibition
Assist project manager in artist residency research and development
Assist curator in exhibition development through research and other related tasks
Assist project manager and curator in planning for the prize launch event
Assist project manager in the development of social media strategies

The ideal candidate for the position of Grange Prize Intern for the department of Curatorial Affairs will possess the following qualifications, skills and abilities:

Currently enrolled in a post-secondary Museum Studies or Curatorial studies program
Knowledge of theories surrounding public engagement with art
Have used a Content Management Systems (CMS) and/or blog, such as Wordpress, and have knowledge of basic HTML
Attention to detail
Well-developed research and writing skills
Knowledge of MS Office, especially MS WORD and MS EXCEL
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

The student selected for the internship will acquire professional experience in project planning and event planning through involvement in exhibition projects, including a variety of initiatives in addition to the Grange Prize. The intern will learn about ways in which museums can serve broad and diverse communities and will receive instruction on working with various stakeholders, including artists and sponsors. Please note this internship is unpaid.

If including a cover letter, please address to Staff & Volunteer Resources.
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Opportunity: upArt at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, August 2. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

upArt Call for Interest

Thursday October 28 to Sunday October 31, 2010 (Event Coincides with Toronto International Art Fair)

Deadline for Proposals: August 13th, 2010

The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is seeking innovative creative thinkers to participate in this second annual exhibition. Not your traditional salon style art fair, upArt focuses on the diversity and vitality of contemporary installation art today. upArt brings together artists, curators, collectives, artist-run centres, galleries, and institutions to transform the entire second floor of the hotel with site specific new installations produced specifically for this event. We are looking for participants who approach or support contemporary art with radical personal vision to participate in our 2010 exhibition For What It's Worth: Curios, Collections and Counterfeits.

For What It's Worth explores ideas around collecting and the value we place on the objects we covet. What is real, what is worthy and how do we attribute value to our artwork? This year’s art fair invites galleries and artists to propose site-specific installations and/or collections for show and sale. Playing with themes of authenticity and value, galleries and artists are free to propose models of exchange or new ways of collecting, appraising and sharing artwork.

upArt is a chance for you as an artist, curator, gallery, or institution to showcase an installation project produced by an individual or in collective collaboration. Artists may apply on their own behalf, or curators, galleries, collectives, or institutions may host one project. upArt is unique in that we invite innovative thinkers to create or facilitate a site-specific installation following their own vision based on the themes of collections, curios and counterfeits.

For more information, visit the Gladstone Hotel website.

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Opportunity: Emerging Curator Series at Toronto Free Gallery

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, July 9. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities


Toronto Free Gallery is accepting proposals for our Emerging Curator Series. Proposals are currently being accepted for a curated exhibition by an emerging curator/s to be held during the months of June and July 2011.

The curator will have the opportunity to work within a fully supported process from development through to the exhibition. As stated in our mandate Toronto Free Gallery is meant to be a creative laboratory and we encourage proposals that push the limits of what an exhibition can be. Past exhibitions include Mark Campbell’s T-Dot Pioneers, which showcased the history of hip hop culture in Toronto; and collaborative curators Sarah Todd and Maiko Tanaka’s Toronto Free Library which transformed the gallery into a library to explore ideas of exchange and collaboration between the space and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Proposals for exhibitions must meet the mandate of Toronto Free Gallery which is to support work that engages with issues of social justice, cultural, urban/suburban environments, environmental issues and issues on gentrification. Toronto Free Gallery is intended to be a creative laboratory. We aim to provide artists with a space to experiment, explore new ideas, question norms and challenge both themselves and their audiences.

Toronto Free Gallery is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Trillium Foundation


Please send the following materials:
1 page proposal outlining the project description
5-7 images of either previous work or proposed work to be included in exhibition

Proposals can be sent via post to:
Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6H 1N7

Or by email to:

If you have any questions please contact us at 416-913-0461
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Job: Senior Curator Programmes, The Power Plant

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Friday, April 30. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities


The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto is seeking a Senior Curator. Applications (resume and letter of interest) must be received by May 25, 2010.

The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to the art of our time and is a high profile centre for contemporary art in North America. Over the past 23 years, it has forged an enviable reputation for presenting influential exhibitions, superior catalogues and editions, and challenging projects, public programmes and special events.

An employment opportunity exists in The Power Plant for a Senior Curator Programmes. Reporting to the Director, this position is responsible for implementing art and audience development programmes for The Power Plant, including exhibitions, publications, public projects and audience engagement and education programmes. As part of the management team, the incumbent will also participate in business and strategic planning for The Power Plant.

The Senior Curator will contribute to the research, development and presentation of new exhibitions and projects that interpret the response of artists to developments in contemporary culture and that respond to the global flow of information, emerging discourses, new artists, new geographies, new media and changing contexts that underpin developments in contemporary art. He/she will also implement a programme aimed at engaging new and diverse audiences for The Power Plant, through a dynamic mix of exhibition, education, interpretation, visitor support and community programmes that develop audience understanding of contemporary art and awareness of its significance as a vital social and cultural force.

The ideal candidate will hold a post graduate qualification in Art History, Fine Arts, Art Education or a related discipline and have a minimum of 5 years programming and management experience in a contemporary art organization. Proven experience in the organization of contemporary art projects and interpretive programmes and exceptional knowledge of the international contexts for contemporary art is a must, as is proven fundraising and budget management experience. He/she must have exceptional interpersonal and relationship management skills with the ability to develop effective partnerships as well as to persuade and negotiate.

DEADLINE for application: MAY 25, 2010

Qualified applicants please send your resume quoting Job Ref.#10F12-AKI to:
Human Resources, 235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Fax (416) 973-1003
E-mail: jobs -at-

Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

For more information on the gallery please visit

231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: (416) 973-4949
Fax: 416) 973-4933

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Call: Emerging Canadian Curator, Flash Forward Festival

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, April 20. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

For its inaugural presentation, and in the spirit of championing emerging talent, the Flash Forward Festival is proud to announce this call for proposals from emerging Canadian curators to program the Outdoor Canadian Exhibition component of the festival. The chosen candidate will be awarded the privilege of mounting a group show featuring the work of emerging Canadian photographers. Full entry details are listed below.

What we are looking for:

We invite exhibition proposals from emerging curators for a group exhibition that features the work of emerging Canadian photographers. In keeping with the vitality and the range of work that Flash Forward showcases every year, we are looking for a thoughtful and dynamic presentation suitable for the outdoor locale. This competition will provide a platform for an ambitious young curator to truly make his or her mark among international peers.

For the purposes of this application, the criteria that The Magenta Foundation will use to define a candidate as an emerging curator is as follows:

- Potential candidates must be under the age of 35 and have been curating projects for no longer than five (5) years.
- In that time, potential candidates must have curated at least two (2) exhibitions at public/regional or university galleries (should the candidate wish, this may include any programming commissioned as a requirement of their graduate or undergraduate studies).

Submission requirements

Candidates who meet the above eligibility requirements should submit, via the online application process, the following materials by 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2010:

1. A current Curriculum Vitae
2. A one- to two-page essay (double-spaced using 12-point type) that outlines the reasons why the candidate wishes to be considered for this curatorial position. The document should describe the applicant’s curatorial philosophy and demonstrate a solid comprehension of the current state of fine art photography and/or photojournalism in Canada and its international context.
3. A sample of previous critical art writing (an exhibition review or a curatorial statement from a previous exhibition).
4. A thesis, no more than one-page (double-spaced using 12-point type), proposing an exhibition that will feature the work of emerging Canadian photographers at the Flash Forward Festival. Candidates may not include their own works of art in the proposed exhibition. NB: The exhibition will be mounted in an outdoor courtyard in Liberty Village. Visit this link for photos of the exhibition venue that the winning candidate will program and should refer to in their thesis.
5. A maximum of 20 images may accompany and support the proposed exhibition. Upload jpegs only, no larger than 1MB per image (around 72-150 dpi and 800 x 600 pixels). For each uploaded image please list its title, name of the artist, date, media, and dimensions. For each artist, please include a brief bio and, if possible, a link to their website.

The submission deadline is 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2010.
Candidate Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a curatorial panel of industry leaders:

- Sophie Hackett, Curator of Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario
- Jennifer Long, Artist, Curator, Educator
- MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder and Executive Director, The Magenta Foundation

The winning candidate will be publicly announced on June 4, 2010. The Magenta Foundation will work in tandem with the selected emerging curator to implement their vision and carry out the production of the exhibition.

Please note that the curatorial panel has the right to decline any application that is incomplete or does not meet the eligibility requirements as outlined above.

The Winning Emerging Curator Will Receive:

- One return ticket to Toronto to the Flash Forward Festival, plus accommodation (this component has no transferable value should the winning candidate live in the Greater Toronto Area)
- A VIP pass to attend all festival programming
- A speaking opportunity, as part of the official programming at the Flash Forward Festival, to present the Outdoor Canadian Exhibition
- Publication of the winning curatorial proposal in the Flash Forward Festival’s official program

Full details are on how to submit here.

About the Flash Forward Festival

October 6-10, 2010

The Flash Forward Festival is an international five-day bi-annual event launching in Toronto’s Liberty Village in October 2010. The Flash Forward Festival is an extension of The Magenta Foundation’s successful annual emerging photographers competition, Flash Forward. The competition, established as a platform to promote emerging artists from Canada, the US, and the UK, has positioned itself as the critically important vanguard for introducing international emerging talent to a global audience.

The Flash Forward competition receives highly favourable international coverage and is widely considered to be one of the most important emerging art incubators in the world.

The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Artist Program once again does what its name implies: it freezes a brief moment in time, preserving it for closer inspection and demonstrating the promise of what is to come in the international photography community. (Boston Globe 2008)

Flash Forward’s mission is to showcase the future of photography, focusing on emerging talent that renowned jurors have identified as having great potential. The bi-annual festival will provide an in-depth experience for emerging photographers through educational and networking opportunities including events with collectors/arts enthusiasts and industry professionals (academics, gallerists, media/art directors and photo editors). The festival will include five curated exhibitions (representing the three host countries plus one guest country invited to showcase their best emerging photographers), as well as workshops, a lecture series, nightly events, an art fair and a closing party all taking place within Toronto’s Liberty Village, the host neighbourhood of the Flash Forward Festival.

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Job: Director of Exhibitions, Gladstone Hotel

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, February 23. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Director of Exhibitions - Gladstone Hotel
Toronto, Canada

Position available immediately This job posting is closed.

Salary range: based on credentials and experience

Only interview candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

The Director of Exhibitions is accountable to maintain the artistic fabric of the Gladstone as set out in the vision of the property ensuring a connection to the art community locally and internationally; while proactively building the business of exhibitions and curatorial space; positioning Gladstone as the pre-eminent Art Hotel worldwide.

Reporting directly to the General Manager:

Role Responsibilities:

- Provide leadership and guidance to the property team providing a clear understanding of the Gladstone art culture
- Responsible to sell overall property with a specific focus on:
- Exhibitions
- Studio Space
- All Gallery Space
- Photo and Film Shoots
- Develops and deliver on annual business plan for exhibition and curatorial services
- Development and implementation of all sales strategies for exhibition and curatorial services and other revenue streams within the property.
- Drive and monitor sales initiatives including personal sales calls, site tours, meetings, training and monitoring of such sales.
- Exhaust all avenues to sell space, attract new clients and position hotel within local, Canadian and international markets
- Produces Gladstone sponsored events.
- Accountable for marketing the Gladstone exhibition and curatorial space
- Develop Client Relationships and partnerships with sense of liveliness, authenticity and passion for our arts business and the people we serve.
- Attend networking events to promote venue
- Attend and participate in related associations, committees and juries.
- Constant evaluation of competition
- Connect exhibitions to other sales opportunities with the Hotel, explicitly food & beverage sales and hotel room sales.
- Act as press liaison, ensuring “messaging” and “branding” of Hotel as it relates to our exhibitions mandate. Ensure all press receives appropriate materials in promotion of hotel. Ensure updated photos and press kits are available. Helps to promote the exhibitions of clients of the Hotel through appropriate messaging and listings.
- Promote and Encourage inter-departmental co-operation and communication to improve customer service, over-all guest satisfaction and proper promotion of Hotel’s mandate and services through:
- Directs design, lighting, production, space planning and audio visual needs of all exhibitions within Hotel.
- Regular Analysis and Reporting on events: building on successes and correcting shortfalls
- Expectation of Time allocation:
+ 50% Prospecting/Closing Business
+ 20% Curatorial
+ 10% Production Management/Scheduling
+ 10% Marketing
+ 10% Strategy & Developing Partnerships

Job Requirements: Qualified candidates will have the following experiences (Knowledge, Skills and Ability)
- Operate with high integrity in delivering exceptional service to our guests.
- Demonstrates a Passion for the Sales as well as a passion for Arts Programming Successful experience in proactive sales and the ability to effectively close.
- Possesses analytical ability to quantify success of exhibition based on sales generated, cultural-social value or “buzz” factor.
- Creative thinker with ability to come to decision quickly
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Keeps current with competitive environment.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
- Outstanding customer service skills as well as strong oral and written skills.
- Ability to network and build relationships.
- Have strong organizational skills and drive towards achievement of goals /objectives.
- Must be able to convey information and ideas clearly and concisely.
- Must be able to work with and understand financial information and data.
- Ability to work extended hours to meet requirements on business volumes.
- Experience in Delphi an asset.
- Proficient in Windows O/S and Microsoft office applications.
- Education and Experience:
- Minimum 5 years working in the arts community in similar role
- Minimum 2 years experience in sales
- Bilingualism an asset.
- Salary Range: based on credentials and experience

Please email your resume to Celina to apply: celina at gladstone hotel dot com This job posting is closed.
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Opportunity: Curatorial Internship at the Power Plant

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, July 11. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Reporting to the Senior Curator of Programs and the Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, Curatorial Interns provide a range of administrative and research assistance to The Power Plant's Curatorial and Programming team.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


- Filing and labeling exhibition and public programming materials
- Managing the research library
- Updating the catalogue exchange database
- Helping to coordinate the submissions review program
- Compiling exhibition checklists and didactic panels
- Assisting with artist and speaker travel, hotel arrangements and hospitality
- Securing images for publications and PR
- Helping to fulfill catalogue orders
- Assisting in compiling packages for artists, galleries, and lenders


- Researching artists, performers, film makers, and lecturers for exhibitions and programs
- Compiling exhibition reading packs and bibliographies
- Proposing themes and participants for public program events


- Preparing texts on artists, public programs and exhibitions

Public Interaction

- Assisting at exhibition openings and public programs
- Writing and leading one gallery tour of the current exhibition
- Responding to enquiries from the public

Requirements and Timeframe:
Internships are open to anyone with a serious interest in contemporary art who has completed an undergraduate degree within the visual arts, art history or humanities.

A minimum of two days per week for three months is required, during regular office hours of 9am - 5pm (or the equivalent number of hours over a shorter time period). Hours do not need to span two full days and can be spread out over the course of a week.

How to Apply for an Internship
Please send the following materials:

- CV
- letter outlining why you would like to intern at The Power Plant. Include details of when you would seek to start/finish and confirm your ability to meet the necessary time requirements
- contact information for two referees (one academic, one previous employer)
- writing sample (a class essay, a published text, or an article that you intend for publication: avoid anything too personal or flowery)

Send materials to: desposito -at-

There is no strict deadline for applying for a Curatorial Internship. However, the Power Plant suggests that you contact them at least four months in advance as Curatorial Internships are competitive and are typically confirmed several months in advance.

Please direct responses to:
Daniela Esposito, Head Animatuer
The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8 Canada

thepowerplant -at-

T: 1-416-973-4949

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Opportunity: Emerging Writer/Curator-in-Residence

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, November 30. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
Call for Applications: Emerging Writer/Curator-in-Residence

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to the advancement of photographic art. The writer/curator residency is open to applicants of any region. The six-week residency is to be completed between April and June 2009. Financial support is provided. Deadline for Applications: December 15, 2008. Please note this opportunity is open to Canadian citizens only.

The Writer/Curator resident will create a written work on photography, and/or curate a photo-based exhibition on a theme of their choice.

Benefits of this residency:

- Written work will be included in an upcoming Gallery 44 publication and/or curated exhibition will be considered for Gallery 44's future programming
- Editorial and programming support for the project
- Presence on the Gallery 44 website
- Free participation in a Gallery 44 workshop
- Financial support including CARFAC fees

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter indicating your preferred dates for the residency (six weeks between April - July 2009) and your contact information, along with the following:

- Project description of proposed residency (Describe a specific area of photography that you are interested in, and how your written work or exhibition might explore this theme)
- Two to three samples of recent writing on topics of contemporary art and/or photography
- CV or resume
- Self-addressed, stamped envelope. Submissions without a SASE will not be returned.

Gallery 44 will take reasonable care with submission materials; however, we cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss to original photographic prints.

Gallery 44 does not accept submissions by fax or email.

Contact and mailing address for submissions:
Melissa Bennett, Exhibition Coordinator
Residency Submission
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond Street West, Suite #120
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
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Opportunity: XPACE Cultural Centre

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, September 22. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
XPACE Cultural Centre is seeking proposals from emerging and established artists, designers, and curators working in a variety of media. We accept proposals for the main floor gallery and our basement gallery, XBASE. For proposal requirements and application forms, please visit:

XPACE programming is juried by a committee three times a year. XPACE welcomes curated group shows, and although solo exhibitions are not part of XPACE's mandate, proposals from individual artists for curatorial consideration are accepted.

Upcoming Proposal Application Deadline: October 17, 2008

Please mail proposals to:
XPACE Cultural Centre Programming Committee
c/o Serena Lee
XPACE Cultural Centre
58 Ossington Ave.
Toronto, ON
M6J 2Y7

Incomplete applications/applications sent via email or fax will not be considered.

Feel free to discuss proposals with XPACE staff; inquiries should be directed to Programming Coordinator, Serena Lee, at 416 849 2864 or serena -at-

XPACE offers proposal workshops prior to each of our application deadlines; we invite you to bring in your applications (works-in-progress welcome) for feedback and guidance. Please RSVP to serena -at-

Proposal Application Workshop Date:
October 01, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

XPACE Cultural Centre is a non-profit artist and student-run centre committed to making space for emerging artists and designers. XPACE is affiliated with the Ontario College of Art & Design. Please note that applications will not be returned. Applicants will be notified within three months of their proposal’s status.
XPACE thanks all applicants for their interest.

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Job: Assistant Curator, Art Gallery of York University

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, August 31. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Assistant Curator, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
$53,728 p.a., Continuing Full-Time
Closing date: September 24, 2008

The Assistant to the Curator is responsible for facilitating the exhibition and collection of original works of art at York University in Toronto, Canada, and the publication of Gallery catalogues and handouts to the public. The position provides a liaison with the Gallery's public (i.e. faculty, staff, students, and general public) and supports the function of Director/Curator.

ADMINISTRATIVE: Assists in long-term planning, scheduling and budgeting of programmes. Assists in preparation of grant requests and summary reports. Responsible for the administration of the permanent collection. Initiates correspondence regarding programmes, operations, and collections. Percentage of time: 35%

CURATORIAL AND REGISTRATION: Assists in research, planning, publicity, and installation of exhibitions. Arranges transport, insurance, customs and security of artworks. Implements the installation of exhibitions. Administers traveling exhibitions. Percentage of time: 25%

RESEARCH AND WRITING: Assists in the compilation, editing, proofing of all gallery publications. Prepares reports on gallery operations, policies and special study reports. Develops and maintains research files and visual documentation. Researches and compiles information on incoming exhibitions for public information. Percentage of time: 15%

SUPERVISORY: Assists in the coordination of Work/Study students, interns, and volunteers. Assists in training, scheduling and work assignments for employees. Assists in preparing time sheets, evaluations and direction for casual employees and volunteers. Percentage of time: 15%

OTHER: Assists in the organization of special projects e.g. seminars, workshops, video screenings and panel discussions. Coordinates Artexte at the AGYU catalogue distribution centre. Other duties as assigned. Percentage of time: 5%


University degree in Visual Arts or equivalent.

2 years' related experience in a gallery or museum, specializing in contemporary art (e.g. research, curatorial assistance, administration of a collection, installation of artwork, etc.).

Word processing, accuracy essential; ability to use basic hand tools; demonstrated skill/ability in the following areas; database management and computerized spreadsheets; excellent written communications skills, including the editing and writing of reports and gallery publications; excellent organizational skills; exercising good judgment; supervision; research; dealing courteously and effectively with people; obtaining and providing information in a clear and concise manner; working under pressure of strict deadlines; working independently.

How to Apply: Please email a complete application package, which includes an application form, covering letter and resume, and quote Posting Number 6213 in the subject of the email to jobs -at- by 4:30 pm on the posted deadline date. The application forms and complete position details can be found at Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. York University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

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Job: Two Curatorial positions at the Power Plant

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, March 12. 2008 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre is Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to the art of our time and is recognized as an important centre for contemporary art in North America. Presenting contemporary art by practitioners of local, national, and international stature, The Power Plant's mission is to present and disseminate the best contemporary art in all and any media. Currently employment opportunities exist at The Power Plant for a full time Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, and for a full time Assistant Curator of Public Programs.

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions:
Reporting to the Senior Curator of Programs, the primary function of this position is to assist in the development and administration of innovative exhibitions, offsite projects, editions and publications. Responsibilities include helping to research and coordinate an international program that encompasses solo and group exhibitions, offsite projects, travelling shows, and public art. The Assistant Curator of Exhibitions will also work closely on The Power Plant's catalogues, helping to coordinate content, commission writers, and liaise with editorial, design and production colleagues, and coordinates catalogue sales and distribution.

Assistant Curator of Public Programs:
Reporting to the Senior Curator of Programs, the primary function of this position is to assist in the development and administration of innovative public programs, education initiatives, and publishing projects. This position will coordinate an ambitious series of audience development programs that range from lectures, panel discussions and film screenings to youth activities and outreach events, as well as administer and contribute towards members' newsletters and magazines.

Qualified applicants for either position must apply by March 26, 2008. For detailed information on both posts and how to apply check the online job posting.
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