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Curatorial Skills Development Internship

Centre A - British Columbia
Salary $19.50 per hour
Posting Date December 13, 2019
Closing Date December 21, 2019

About Centre A
Founded in 1999, Centre A is Canada’s only public gallery devoted to contemporary Asian and Asian diasporic art. We are located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Our mission is to build an inclusive community for contemporary Asian art and foster a greater understanding of evolving cultural experiences and identities. As a centre for conversation, critical inquiry, and artistic experimentation, we bring together artists, curators, and other cultural producers from the Greater Vancouver area, across Canada, Asia, and around the world. We are committed to creating mentorship opportunities for emerging artists and cultural workers, while facilitating collaborations across local, national, and international contexts.

About the Curatorial Skills Development Internship
Now entering its seventh year, Centre A’s annual Curatorial Skills Development Internship program offers emerging curators the opportunity to curate an exhibition at Centre A from conception to realization, and learn the process required to organize an exhibition. The successful candidate will be mentored by various Centre A staff as they take on the many tasks and responsibilities involved in exhibition making, both pragmatic and conceptual. They will also participate in the daily gallery operations required to maintain the gallery and support its exhibitions and events.
Over the course of six months, Centre A staff will mentor and support the Intern, accompanying them to exhibitions and studio visits, and assisting them in communications with artists. The Intern will also receive guidance in organizing the logistics of developing an exhibition, including: budgeting, fabrication, communications and promotion, and developing a curatorial text. Through this process, the Intern will gain the skills, experience, and confidence necessary to further their curatorial ambitions and develop a curatorial method and voice of their own.

Curatorial Skills Development Intern
Location: Vancouver
Duration: 6 months
Reporting to: Curator
Hours: 21 hours/week for 24 weeks
Compensation: $19.50/hour
Start Date: February 4, 2020
Centre A’s Curatorial Skills Development Internship was established with the intention of providing young and emerging artists and curators with valuable experiences and opportunities outside of the classroom setting.
Centre A will provide the Intern with the opportunity to develop their artistic, curatorial, and academic practices, equipping them with skills and hands-on experience within an established non-profit public gallery.
Within the context of daily gallery operations and exhibition making, the Intern will learn to balance diverse roles and tasks in a stimulating, supportive, and professional environment. By the end of the placement term, the Intern will gain experience engaging an audience in a community and neighbourhood rich in educational, economic, and cultural diversity, and be capable of taking on independent curatorial, logistic, and administrative work.
The Intern will be responsible for the following tasks:
? Exhibitions-related administration
? Gallery and exhibition maintenance
? Visitor engagement and management
? Researching and writing exhibition-related texts
? Coordinating logistics related to the exhibition. For example, install schedules and work plans, artist correspondence, installation and preparatory tasks (e.g. wall painting, lifting and positioning artworks, framing, lighting, documentation, deinstallation, packing and shipping)
? Facilitating events and public programs, such as talks, screenings, exhibition openings, or fundraising events
? Supporting fundraising initiatives and fundraising for the exhibition
? Preparing marketing materials related to the exhibition, including website content and social media updates
? Producing a detailed post-mortem report
The Curatorial Skills Development Intern may also be invited to participate in artist meetings and/or studio visits. As well, the Intern will be given the opportunity to curate Centre A’s Annual Recent Graduates Exhibition, opening Summer 2020.

The Curatorial Skills Development Internship position is intended for:
? Undergraduate students in their 3rd or 4th year
? Graduate students
? Recent graduates
... whose studies are related to art history, visual art, design, architecture, liberal arts, music, humanities, and/or curatorial studies.
Please Note: Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada and may be asked to provide valid documents to prove eligibility.

? Self-motivated, detail-oriented and highly organized
? Ability to work well both independently and with others
? Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
? Capacity to solve problems creatively and take ownership of tasks
? Strong time management, project management, and multi-tasking skills
? Ability to stay focused in high-pressure and fast-paced situations
? Interest in engaging with the local arts community, Chinatown neighbourhood, and the general public
? Demonstrable interest in the multitude of tasks required in gallery operations and exhibition making (research, production, preparation, execution, and deinstallation)
? Familiarity with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Social media experience beyond personal use is an asset.
? Basic skills in Google Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides) and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) is required
? Basic skills in Adobe Suite (Photoshop, InDesign) and design experience is an asset
? Photography and videography skills are an asset
? Knowledge of languages other than English is an asset
? Ability to work flexible hours, and occasional evenings and weekends as required
If you have any combination of these skills, we encourage you to apply.
Please Note: This position may involve the use of hand tools, power tools, ladders, and moving or lifting of large and/or heavy objects.

Other Information
Centre A is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. If you identify as a person with a disability and would like someone to contact you about individualized application support, please email us at or call us at 604.683.8326.
How to Apply:
To apply, please provide:
? a letter of intent describing your interest in the internship, reasons for applying, any other information that may help strengthen your application
? a CV containing both work experience and exhibition history
? a writing sample (within 1000 words) and a short statement on your artistic and curatorial interests
? a sample of graphic design work (optional), and
? two letters of reference from professors or previous/current employers.
Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
205 – 268 Keefer Street, Vancouver BC V6A 1X5 | 604.683.8326 |
Please email the application package as a single PDF document with your name and the position in the title to by December 14, 2019, 11:59 PST. Applications without reference letters will be considered incomplete.
Centre A values diversity in the workplace because it allows us to better understand and meet the needs of the communities we serve. It helps us foster greater creativity, breadth of experience, and personal growth among our staff, and it's essential to our success as an organization. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented and marginalized groups, including but not limited to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or disability.

How To Apply

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