Curatorial Assistant

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Curatorial Assistant
  • Organization name: Campbell River Art Gallery
  • Job location: Campbell River, British Columbia
  • Length of assignment: 2018-06-04 to 2018-08-24 (11.57 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $13.50


Closing date: April 30, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

Location: Campbell River Art Gallery, 1235 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC, V9W 2C7

Length of assignment (subject to change): June 4 – August 31, 2018

Campbell River Art Gallery wishes to hire a student for the position of Curatorial Assistant from June 4 to August 31, 2018. Campbell River Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located on Vancouver Island, BC consisting of a Main Gallery and three Satellite Cases for exhibition, a studio for classes, and a gift shop featuring fine arts and craft. Our annual programming includes eight contemporary art exhibitions, which run in concert with our educational programming and special events. This position will assist the Curator of Contemporary Art in research, exhibition installation, art handling, exhibition proposals, critical writing and publishing, as well as daily administrative and organizational work.

Curatorial Assistant applicants will have a background and/or interest in contemporary art.

Students pursuing degrees in Art History, Museum Studies, Fine Art, and/or Curatorial Studies are preferred. Any previous background in non-profit organizations, art galleries, artist-run-centres, or installation and art handling are greatly encouraged to apply and should be noted in your application.

Working alongside the Curator of Contemporary Art, the student will assist with the following objectives:

Offer two professionally installed exhibitions; assist with installation, art handling, gallery preparation, administration, promotion, installation, artist lectures, opening reception event planning, documentation and archives;

Assist in preparation for upcoming exhibitions; research and studio visits

Curatorial research focusing on Canadian and Indigenous Arts programming (Project One);

Archive, organize and process all 2019 exhibition proposals (Project Two)

Production of exhibition essays intended for print and online publishing; editing, writing, design;

Interact with the public as a gallery attendant, when needed;

Maintenance of exhibition space, storage room and technical devices;

Preparation for 2018 fall exhibitions, classes and school programs through creative brainstorming and improved promotional materials;

Increase participation and engagement of underserved audiences through relevant programming and promotion;

This position will provide career relevant training and experience for a young professional entering the visual arts, curatorial, education or design professions, particularly in a non-profit organization.

This project will benefit the student as they will gain necessary skills that are required for both curatorial and preparator employment within a non-profit organization. Our Gallery continues to exhibit renowned contemporary artists, along with research-based curated exhibitions that the student will assist in all aspects of. The student will also interact with the exhibiting artists and performers, as well as gallery patrons and community members. This is a multi-faceted job that requires many skills. Ultimately, the student will learn all the components of contemporary exhibition production regarding scholarly research, interaction and discussion, didactics, education, and installation.


This is a Young Canada Works (YCW) Summer Student Position. You are eligible to apply if you:

Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada. (Note: Non-Canadian students 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 registered in the YCW on-line candidate inventory;

Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment; (applicants with disabilities are permitted to work part-time if required)

Do not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW;

Has been a full-time student in the semester preceding the YCW job, pursuing a postgraduate diploma or degree in fine arts (visual arts), education, museum studies, art history or related field;

Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.


All interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. CRAG champions and empowers people of all abilities, and fosters an environment of inclusivity and collaboration.


This full-time, 37.5 hours per week, 12-week summer position is from June 4 – August 31, 2018. Hourly rate of pay is $13.50/hr. Applicants with disabilities may request a reduced schedule.


Please submit your CV or resume, proof of full-time student status in the semester proceeding June 2018, and a brief letter of interest summarizing:

1) Your related qualifications

2) If you meet any of the priority criteria (optional)

To: Vicky Chainey Gagnon, Executive Director & Chief Curator

Campbell River Art Gallery

1235 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC, V9W 2C7

or email by 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2018

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications received will be screened based on information provided. Please ensure you include all relevant details about your qualifications for this position.

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