Curatorial Assistant


Curatorial Assistant


Full-Time Permanent, 35 hours per week, some evenings and weekends required

Start Date:

June 28, 2021

Application Deadline:

May 27, 2021, 4:30 pm

The Curatorial Assistant, Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB), is a motivated, collaborative, and dynamic professional who plays a critical role in the implementation of the AGB’s programming. They work closely with the Senior Curator to facilitate temporary exhibitions, commissioned projects, public programs, and research initiatives. The Curatorial Assistant serves as the exhibition coordinator overseeing the work project-specific staff, as necessary. 

Knowledge & Skills: 

The ideal candidate is an ambitious and collaborative thinker, organized, and well versed in contemporary art and craft practices. They must have an adept understanding of fine art handling, shipping, and condition reporting. A strong knowledge in exhibition coordination and project management, and publication coordination is necessary for the position. Candidates must possess solid writing skills, be detail-oriented, and able to multitask on overlapping projects. Understanding the nuances of the non-profit public gallery sector, is key to complete project and operating grant applications. 

Duties & Responsibilities include:

Reporting directly to the Senior Curator, the Curatorial Assistant provides logistic support for the AGB exhibitions, publications, collection, and education programs and designs and implements public programming.

  • Manages preparatory team and oversees installation for all internally generated and touring exhibitions and assists in exhibition installation; 
  • Works with contemporary artists for public projects, and gallery events;
  • Supports the preparation of operational and project grants;
  • Engages in research for interpretive and scholarly contributions to gallery texts, education guides, and publications;
  • Works with the Senior Curator to oversee artist residencies, site-specific installations, and collection commissions;
  • Supports the curatorial team and works closely with community engagement and education;
  • Supervises volunteers, interns, and student placements as required;
  • Coordinates contracts, shipping, travel, schedules, and correspondence for exhibitions and public programs. 

Advanced (Master-level) university or college degree in a related field (Fine Art / Studio, Art History, Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies, etc.) would be an asset. A minimum of two years professional programming experience, preferably in a public gallery setting. Relevant alternative experience will be considered. Salary $50,000

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume that clearly indicates your relevant work experiences and a cover letter that describes your interest in the position at the AGB and qualifications in one pdf. Send to jobs@agb.lifewith the Subject Line: Curatorial Assistant by May 27, 2021, 4:30 pm

About the Art Gallery of Burlington is a public art gallery devoted to supporting contemporary art, craft, and related thought. The AGB is the home of and partner to Arts Burlington, our region’s largest association of artistic producers. 

We are a gathering place for experiences, ideas, and conversations. We commit to this by producing exhibitions and publications that offer critical engagement with contemporary art. We create programming initiatives that push the boundaries of traditional arts education by supporting artists, youth, and the wider community in their personal, professional, and artistic development, and by leading in the study and preservation of contemporary Canadian ceramics. 

The Art Gallery of Burlington is located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, at the head of Lake Ontario, within the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant and the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

The AGB is an equal opportunity employer, provides benefits, pension plans, and encourages applications from the Government of Canada’s job equity groups.