Organization: Western Front Society
Job Title: Exhibitions Curator
Position Type: Full time 3 year contract (renewable), 35 hours per week, occasional weekends and evenings. 3 month probationary period
Salary: $34,000/year +
Experience: 3+ Years
The Western Front Society seeks an outstanding, highly motivated arts professional to take on the role of Exhibitions Curator.
The Western Front was founded in 1973 by a group of interdisciplinary artists, and has developed into an exemplary multi-disciplinary environment for experimental art practice and research. With a staff of ten plus volunteers and interns, the Western Front produces upwards of 75 events annually. The Exhibitions program mandate is to present contemporary visual art by local, national and international artists. Western Front Exhibitions has historically focused on artwork that is conceptual, performative or otherwise ephemeral in nature. Currently, the program privileges experimental, interdisciplinary work that often expands beyond gallery exhibitions to include discursive events, publications, public-realm projects, site-specific works, commissions and online projects.
The Exhibitions Curator reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for:
- Developing and communicating a dynamic vision for the Exhibitions Program
- Curating exhibitions and all associated programming
- Producing and editing publications
- Writing grants and pursuing opportunities for additional funding and support
- Supervising one part-time staff member, contract workers and volunteers
- Contributing towards the realization of institution-wide strategic priorities
- Exceptional knowledge and understanding of contemporary art practices
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Experience providing and executing curatorial direction and administrative planning
- Proven financial management experience
- Strong organizational skills
- Volunteer management experience
- Willingness to work collaboratively and collectively with a diverse staff
- High capacity to meet deadlines and work under pressure
- An understanding of the history of Canadian artist-run centres
- Comprehensive knowledge of principle funding agencies and proven grant writing ability
- Knowledge of managing publication and print projects
- Experience installing a variety of art exhibitions
A competitive benefits package is available after a three-month probationary period is complete. After eight months of employment, four weeks paid vacation may be taken during a period when programs are recessed. Additional paid time off may be taken during the December/January holiday period.
How to Apply:
Western Front is committed to the principals of Employment Equity and encourages application from Aboriginal persons, members of visible minority groups or persons with a disability.
Applications containing a letter of interest and curriculum vitae must be received by 5:00PM on Friday January 24, 2014.
Please send applications by email to:
Exhibitions Curator Hiring Committee
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We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Beryl Graham, Professor of New Media Art
CRUMB web resource for new media art curators http://www.crumbweb.org
Research Student Manager, Art and Design
MA Curating Course Leader http://www.macurating.net
Faculty of Arts, Design, and Media, University of Sunderland
The David Puttnam Media Centre, St Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD Tel: +44 191 515 2896
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A Brief History of Curating New Media Art The Green Box<http://www.thegreenbox.net/>
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