Job Opportunity: Curatorial Assistant

Temporary Full-Time Position Available

The Polygon Gallery exhibits photography and media art, emphasizing contemporary Canadian work within the context of historical and international art. Operating as Presentation House Gallery for forty years, the organization presented more than 300 exhibitions and earned a reputation as one of Canada’s most adventurous public art institutions.

In November 2017, the organization opened its new, purpose-built home on the North Vancouver waterfront, elevating a world-class gallery’s facility to a level equal with its reputation. As the Gallery prepares for a series of significant exhibitions, publications, and outreach programs over the next year, The Polygon seeks one Curatorial Assistant to work with the Audain Chief Curator and Assistant Curator during the summer 2019, to support upcoming exhibitions, while facilitating The Polygon’s expanded outreach programs for adults, children and families. The Curatorial Assistant will work primarily in two specific areas: 1. Supporting all areas of public programs, including, but not limited to: talks and lectures by artists and curators; hands-on family activities; exhibition tours for the public and special groups. This may involve leading tours and activities, providing event support such as greeting, registration and room set-up/take-down, and providing post-program feedback and recommendations to organizers, to help improve programs and events. 2. Supporting the planning and preparation for the main Fall/Winter exhibitions through organizational assistance and comprehensive research.

The successful candidate will be a graduate or a student in one of the following: history, art history, cultural studies, curatorial studies, museum studies, or a related discipline, with an interest in and/or familiarity with contemporary visual art. S/he will have excellent research, writing, and communications skills with strong attention to detail and organizational skills. S/he will have a positive attitude with an ability to work independently and collaboratively on multiple tasks.

The successful candidate must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; be legally entitled to work in Canada; be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. The Polygon Gallery is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations or gender identities.

The position will begin May 20, 2019 and end August 18, 2019

Salary / Hours: $18 per hour, 35 hours per week

Please submit your application (resume and cover letter) by Friday, April 29, 2019 to Justin Ramsey, or 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 3J4

*Please note: this position is dependent on grant funding approval.


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101 Carrie Cates Court
North Vancouver, BC V7M 3J4

Situated on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh, and xwməθkwəýəm Nations.

The Polygon Gallery continues the forty-year reputation of Presentation House Gallery in engaging the public with the most visionary artists of our time. A new waterfront landmark on Vancouver's North Shore, The Polygon offers a one-of-a-kind space to encounter contemporary visual art with a focus on photography.

Admission always by donation, courtesy of Slice 1