Treaty Education Curatorial Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
  • Job title: Treaty Education Curatorial Assistant
  • Organization name: Anna Leonowens Gallery - NSCAD University
  • Job location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Length of assignment: 2023-08-14 to 2024-03-29 (32 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $20.00
Since 1968 the Anna Leonowens Gallery has been devoted to the exhibition of contemporary studio and media art, craft and design, and curatorial projects generated exclusively within the NSCAD community. Weekly exhibitions primarily feature student work, with occasional shows by faculty members, visiting artists and curators, and graduate thesis projects. To date Anna Leonowens Gallery has mounted over 4700 exhibitions, with many NSCAD students having shown their artwork publicly for the first time. A critical yet nurturing environment, the galleries are a key component of a student's education into the realities of life as a practicing artist. Unique within the Canadian university system, the galleries allow students to experience the full template for future exhibition practices.

The Anna Leonowens seeks to fill the position of a Treaty Education Curatorial Assistant. The Treaty Education Curatorial Assistant will work with the Gallery Director, Exhibitions Coordinator, and academic and community partners in coordinating exhibitions and programming for the Treaty Space Gallery. The Treaty Space Gallery continues NSCAD’s commitment towards Indigenous knowledge mobilization and ongoing support of Indigenous contemporary art. The focus for the 2023-2024 programming is Indigenous Languages, with a focus on mi'kmawi'simk. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to curate an exhibition that will be mounted at the end of their internship in the Treaty Space Gallery. The exhibition will be curated in the nature of the Anna Leonowens Gallery, in which the work of leading artists is shown alongside NSCAD students.

The incumbent will be responsible for:
• Assist with the programming coordination for public art projects, events, and exhibitions at the Treaty Space Gallery;
• Consult, collaborate, research and liaise with partners and community members on the creation of exhibits and displays celebrating Indigenous languages;
• Assist with the installation and dismantling of professional, student, faculty and visiting artists exhibitions at the Treaty Space Gallery or online dissemination;
• Liaise with Professional Artists regarding their virtual visits to NSCAD;
• Prepare designs for email announcements and event postings as required;
• Curate an exhibition at the end of their internship (March 2024) to be exhibited at the Treaty Space Gallery


The ideal candidate for the Treaty Education Curatorial Assistant position will have completed one of the following post-secondary programs of study: Museums Studies, Indigenous Studies, Art History, Fine Art, or Other Humanities/Social Sciences or combination thereof (undergraduate-level) / Applied Museum Studies (college-level). They will have demonstrated they have a knowledge of contemporary art and Indigenous contemporary and historical art locally, nationally and internationally. They will come to the position with some previous museum/ gallery experience, strong organizational skills, solid computer skills, and research and writing experience. Experience or knowledge of Indigenous languages and working with Mi’kmaq community members are considered assets. Experience using design software is also considered an asset. The incumbent will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to set goals and priorities and work independently as well as part of a team.

The incumbent may be located regionally in K'jipuktuk /Halifax and work onsite or may be located nationally, across Turtle Island and work remotely. If working remotely, the incumbent will have the opportunity to travel to K'jipuktuk /Halifax for certain aspects of the project. Adjustments to tasks and accommodations will be made to reflect the work location.

Frequently, this position must coordinate the lifting of heavy objects such as artwork, pedestals, crates, ladders, and scaffolding and construction materials. The incumbent may be required to climb ladders in order to perform tasks.

NSCAD University/ Anna Leonowens Gallery is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, priority will be given to Indigenous people, including those that identify as First Nations, Métis, & Inuit.

We welcome you to identify yourself or your communities in your cover-letter.

This position is funded in part through the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program, and all applicants must be registered in the YCW candidate pool and meet the current YCW-BCH eligibility criteria. An individual may be eligible for an internship if they:

• are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
• are legally entitled to work in Canada;
• are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
• are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
• will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
• are unemployed or underemployed;
• are a college or university graduate; and
• are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program.

Note: Priority will be given to graduates that have not previously participated in YCW internship programs.


EMAIL: The deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 17th July. A cover letter and resume with contact information for 2 references should be emailed to Melanie Colosimo, Director/Curator with subject line: YCW – Indigenous Curatorial Assistant.

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