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Halifax's Young Curator

MSVU Art Gallery, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, and Saint Ma - Halifax
Salary $21 per hour, 35 hours per week
Posting Date April 28, 2020
Closing Date May 1, 2020

Halifax’s Young Curator
MSVU Art Gallery, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery seek a detail-oriented and creative graduate to serve Halifax as a Young Curator. The ideal candidate for this curatorial internship will be energetic, eager to develop programming for contemporary art galleries, and will be driven to make their curatorial practice relevant in their community. Above all else, they will be committed to the advancement of Black, Indigenous, or Person of Colour (BIPOC) visual arts practitioners and audiences.

This curatorial internship is a year-long opportunity for emerging, or young, curators who face or explore the barriers to the contemporary art sector experienced by professionals who identify as BIPOC. Working remotely as an employee of MSVU Art Gallery and collaboratively with Dalhousie and SMU art galleries, Halifax’s Young Curator will work with the support of three director/curators to realize three projects, gaining experience in the curatorial field and contributing to curatorial programming across the city of Halifax. Activities will begin online and move into the galleries as university campuses reopen. The opportunity will emphasize project management, exhibition coordination, curatorial writing, artist relations, and interpretation.
MSVU Art Gallery, Dalhousie Art Gallery, and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery strive to be welcoming and understanding, and are committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to ongoing learning about how we can better overcome structural obstacles within our own organizations and practices. Supports to facilitate remote work will be provided. All reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Youth who identify as BIPOC are encouraged to apply and to self-identify.

This internship is for an emerging visual arts curator who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour.
We seek a candidate who has a master’s degree or equivalency in fine arts; art history; museum, cultural, or curatorial studies; or similarly appropriate degree. Advanced study in other areas will be considered with commensurate experience. Previous work experience should include time spent in an art gallery, museum, or cultural centre environment. Contributions to, and engagement with, cultural productions outside of visual arts (e.g. performing arts, community works, literary festivals) will be considered relevant.
The ideal candidate will show evidence of arts writing and will be able to provide a writing sample. They will be able to work on both Mac and PCs, have a basic understanding of the use and function of Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook) and (ideally) will have some experience working with collections management databases (e.g. Access, FileMaker, TMS). Interest in contemporary curatorial discourse and practice is a must.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria and be:
• a Canadian citizen or permanent resident legally entitled to work in Canada;
• not more than 30 years old;
• a recent graduate (after March 2018) from a museum studies program and/or arts studies, curatorial, conservation, arts administration or related program from a recognized university or college or other recognized program (not necessarily in Canada);
• willing to commit to the full duration of the internship;
• free from another full-time job at the time of the internship.
We understand that it is inherent in a project serving under-represented communities that a suitable candidate may bring valuable abilities and experiences that do not fall within conventional institutional parameters. We intend to apply the maximum possible openness and flexibility in applying the formal criteria of the programme under which the position is funded. In the case of formal academic credentials or institutional experience, we will give due weight to equivalent experience.

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How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, 250-1000 word writing sample, and resume or CV to by Friday, May 1, 2020 at 4:00pm ADT.
Applications may be addressed to MSVU, Dal, and SMU Art Gallery Directors.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

About the Galleries
Located in the Halifax Regional Municipality, MSVU Art Gallery is on the campus of Mount Saint Vincent University. Dalhousie Art Gallery and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery are similarly located on their respective campuses. All are situated on Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral, unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. Through exhibitions, publications, and public programming, each Gallery fosters informed, critical responses to works of contemporary and historical art. Each also holds a collection of between 800 and 2500 or more works of art.
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Start Date: June, 2020
End Date: TBD 2021
51 Weeks, 35 hours per week, $21.00/hour
Job title: Young Curator – Curatorial Internship

Gallery Closure
In support of COVID-19 precautions, MSVU Art Gallery will be closed until further notice. Please check back for updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate these uncertain times.

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