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Job: Curator, MacLarenArtCentre

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, December 24. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The MacLarenArtCentre seeks a curator with a strong exhibition and publication history, and experience in both collections management and public programmes. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Curator is responsible for the research, planning, administration, interpretation and documentation of the exhibition programme and the permanent collection in accordance with the vision of the Centre and the Executive Director. The successful candidate possesses an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical, historical and intellectual contexts of contemporary art practices, and an ability to communicate this knowledge to both specialized and general audiences. The successful candidate also possesses an exceptional knowledge of curatorial and museum practices, and the ability to think strategically about the relationship between the Centre’s exhibitions and collection and the community it serves.


- A Masters Degree in Art History or Curatorial Studies
- A Certificate in Collections Management or equivalent
- A minimum of four years full-time curatorial experience in a public art gallery
- Demonstrated experience with standard professional museum practice, particularly as it relates to curatorial work/projects and collections management
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated ability to build effective relationships with staff, exhibition contributors, volunteers, audiences and stakeholders
- Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Success in grant writing, budgeting and financial management
- Success in building curatorial and community collaborations

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Monday, January 25, 2010
This is a permanent position, full-time position (40 hours per week within a flexible schedule) offering a competitive salary based on experience and qualifications, and a comprehensive benefit package after the initial three month probation.

Please send a personalized cover letter, curriculum vitae, curatorial statement and samples of writing in confidence to:
The Hiring Committee, c/o Carolyn Bell Farrell, Executive Director, MacLarenArtCentre, 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON L4M 3M2 Canada or by email to: hiringcommittee -at-

The MacLarenArtCentre is Simcoe County’s regional public art gallery. Located in downtown Barrie, the MacLaren is housed in a 24,000 square-foot award-winning building that combines a renovated 1917 Carnegie library and a contemporary addition by Siamak Hariri. The complex includes multiple galleries, visible storage, an education centre, a sculpture courtyard, café, gift shop and framing department. The MacLaren presents a year-round programme of local, regional, national and international exhibitions of contemporary art, complemented by occasional exhibitions of historical and modern art. Exhibitions are presented both at the gallery and across the city as part of the MacLaren’s ArtCity™ programme, which places permanent and temporary artworks throughout Barrie’s public spaces. The MacLaren houses a permanent collection of 26,000 works of art, including a unique archive of 23,116 vintage Soviet press photographs. The balance of the collection represents visual culture in Canada with an emphasis on contemporary art. Education provides the unifying link that activates our collection and exhibitions, and fosters an appreciation of the visual arts.

The MacLarenArtCentre is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, although only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
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