Humber Galleries: Curator in Residence, Application Deadline May 7
Application Deadline: May 7, 2018 at 5 PM
Humber Galleries, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
24 hours per week, 12 month term (June 2018 to May 2019), possibility of extension
Hourly wage range: $21.21 - $28.28/hour
Humber Galleries seeks a Curator in Residence to lead the research, planning, coordination, and evaluation of exhibition programming across our two locations in 2018/2019. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating the annual exhibition program including partner and guest curated exhibitions and for curating two to four exhibitions which:
- engage multiple publics,
- support Humber's polytechnic educational mission, and
- present contemporary art in Etobicoke
Reporting to and in close collaboration with Curator Alissa Firth-Eagland, the Curator in Residence will contribute to the overall development of Humber Galleries' 2018/2019 programming and its relationship to polytechnic learning. The Curator in Residence will provide strategic operational and administrative support to the Curator and perform other duties as required.
Collaboration and drawing upon the skills of the team will be an integral part of this role in order to foster meaningful links between exhibitions, education programs, communications, and the local context. The Curator in Residence is based in two locations with distinct communities and identities, requiring a balance of collective, consultative, and autonomous work. Shifting between self-direction and teamwork is critical to success. This includes pursuing supervisory feedback at key intervals; initiating programming meetings with staff, artists, and students; and conducting independent research.
Along with Work Studies and other staff, they will coordinate all aspects of exhibitions: timelines, research, contracts, loan documentation, transportation of artwork, detailed installation and strike plans, and budget adherence. They will lead by example and offer mentorship to Work Studies by delegating support tasks and following up on progress. This includes providing guidance, fostering collaborative idea generation, and modelling problem solving.
- Masters in Curatorial Practice or equivalent combination of education and work experience
- Proactive communication and interpersonal skills with all types of people
- Deep knowledge of Indigenous art, protocols, and Elder teachings or an Aboriginal Studies certificate
- Broad awareness of a variety of visual arts media, materials, and techniques
- A great sense of imagination, reciprocity, and curiosity
- Shows initiative and learns by doing
- Effective time management and coordination skills
- Proficiency with both Mac and PC platforms
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
- Grant writing experience
- CPR/AED/Emergency First Aid training is an asset
- Driver's license is an asset
- Minimum of four years within contemporary art organizations
- Experience in all aspects of exhibition making and project management
- Deep understanding of local, regional, national, and international contemporary art landscape
- Well-developed process for turning ideas into experiences
- Cultivates a mutual learning environment
- Leadership and mentorship of students and staff through the technical aspects of art handling and installation
- Proven ability to reflect, analyze, and synthesize in many forms, from conversation to writing
- Capacity to respond to challenges with grace and initiative
- Outstanding ability to multi-task, respect overlapping timelines, balance a demanding schedule within part time hours, and anticipate issues beforehand
Hours: 24 hours per week, including occasional evenings and weekends. Flexibility in scheduling is required.
In order to be considered, applications must include a letter of interest (1 page), a CV (3 pages max), and a statement of curatorial ethics (1/2 page). Only applications including all three components will be accepted. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Submit applications by May 7, 2018 at 5 PM to:
Alissa Firth-Eagland, Curator
Humber Galleries has grown out of a rich polytechnic environment where art is one of many ways of learning and operating in the world. We aspire to reflect the diversity, in all senses, of the student body of Humber College, our neighbours, and the international art community by offering experimental models in art-making and co-creative programming with underrepresented peoples. Diversity is complex because our nature as human beings is complex. Humber Galleries aspires to offer programming that resists simplification and models this complexity. We are committed to providing a workplace that is inclusive and accessible to all. The Hiring Manager will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.
Humber Galleries are situated on the traditional territories of the Ojibwe Anishinabe people in Adobigok, meaning "Place of the Alders" in the Ojibwe language. This region encompasses several present day First Nation communities including families from the Otter, Turtle, and Amik (Beaver) clans.
Humber Galleries are part of the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Humber's polytechnic model is the "third way" between the university and the trade college; it blends the creation of new knowledge and the solving of real world problems. Because we are located within a polytechnic environment, Humber Galleries is a space where contemporary art and polytechnic learning come together and influence each other. Humber's core values of creativity, innovation, problem-solving, adaptability, and collaboration guide our mandate. Our two physical spaces are accessible sites of social, political, educational, philosophical, and quantitative inquiry: North Space (North Campus) and L Space (Lakeshore Campus). We are an active collaborator in the social and educational fabric of Humber College, our neighbourhood, and the contemporary art discipline.