Digital Curatorial and Outreach Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Digital Curatorial and Outreach Assistant
  • Organization name: McIntosh Gallery
  • Job location: London , Ontario
  • Length of assignment: 2021-05-31 to 2021-08-20 (11.57 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $15.00

Digital Curatorial and Outreach Assistant

McIntosh Gallery, Western University, London ON

12 weeks, 35 hours per week

Start Date: 2021-05-31

End Date: 2021-08-20

Language of work: English

This placement can be performed remotely and is open to applicants residing outside the region of Southwestern Ontario.

McIntosh Gallery is seeking a postsecondary student with an interest in contemporary art, communications, and public engagement for a position as a Digital Curatorial and Outreach Assistant.

Under the supervision of McIntosh Gallery’s Curator, and working closely with the Communications & Outreach Coordinator, the successful student will:

1) research examples of innovative uses of social media and other digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, Instagram/Instagram Live, as a means to reach new audiences beyond the bricks and mortar gallery;

2) develop a curatorial project and identify how it can be translated across digital platforms;

3) implement, design, promote, and publish related online content for web, social media and print communications. This will involve the coordination of background research, data collection and analysis of relevant gallery programmes and events to situate the gallery within a regional, national and international context;

4) develop and implement marketing and communications strategies for online content, including social media, alternative media, and web content;

5) assist in the design and production of thematic content in support of the gallery’s communications and marketing strategy.

The employment period is 12 weeks from May 31st to August 20th, 2021, at a salary of $15.00 per hour plus applicable benefits.

The ideal candidate will be a university student with some art history, media, or communications education and will have an interest in museum work and public engagement. The candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent research and organizational skills with attention to detail, above average computer experience and skills in Microsoft Office. Proficiency in Adobe Suite will be considered an asset. The candidate must be self-motivated, and have the ability to work independently, take initiative, and work collaboratively with administrative staff, students, volunteers, and members of the public. Specific knowledge of the London and Southwestern Ontario arts milieu will be an asset.

This position is funded by Young Canada Works in Heritage Institutions. Candidates must be between 18 and 30 years, Canadian citizens, or Permanent Residents entitled to work legally in Canada. Candidates must be high school, college, or university students who have been a full-time student from January – April 2021 and will be returning to full-time studies in September 2021.

Western University is committed to Employment Equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities.

Deadline to apply: May 11th, 2021

Applications must be made through the Young Canada Works portal, sent to the attention of:

Dr. Helen Gregory, Curator

McIntosh Gallery,

Western University

London ON N6A 3K7

General Information:

As a public gallery on the campus of Western University, one of McIntosh Gallery’s responsibilities in the public trust is to collect, maintain and preserve a Permanent Collection of art objects pertaining to the visual heritage of London. Currently, the Collection numbers over 4,000 works and has its strengths in contemporary and historical Canadian art. A rich resource for the promotion and appreciation of local, regional and national artists, it is featured regularly in curated exhibitions and to demonstrate the depth of cultural and visual heritage in this city. McIntosh Gallery also holds collections of archival materials related to local artists, including Greg Curnoe and Gillian Saward, as well as historical photographs and ephemera documenting the history of the London art scene.

Characteristics of City/Region:

London is part of the densely populated region of Southwestern Ontario. Over 5 million reside within a 200-mile radius. London is also midway between Detroit and Toronto on a direct well-used corridor. McIntosh Gallery audiences include: the University community of 32,000 students, faculty and staff; the broader London area community of 400,000; a general audience which is increasingly exposed to images of the contemporary art world and seeks access, analysis and understanding; the more specialized community of artists, elementary and secondary school teachers, art and museum professionals, critics, writers and collectors who also support and contribute to the dialogue. Audiences are developed through programs that draw upon the unique resources at Western and are shared in outreach and collaborative projects.

During the summer, London is home to several festivals including the Home County Music and Art Festival and Sunfest, international music and performance weekends. Tourist attractions include Museum London, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, and Budweiser Gardens which offers a continuous program of concerts, theatre performances and sports events.