Curatorial / Collections Assistant
Number of Positions: 1
Length of assignment: 2024-06-03 – 2024-08-23
Hourly wage: $17.50
The Art Gallery of Guelph seeks a dynamic, competent, detail-oriented candidate to undertake
research and community engagement to support the gallery’s exhibition planning and to work
efficiently both independently and within teams. Knowledge of diverse cultural practices and postsecondary training in visual arts is an asset, as well as strong critical thinking and superior written
and verbal communication skills. Must be able to thrive in a collaborative environment. Confidence
and ability to speak to members of the public (all ages, in small and large groups) is an asset. This
position reports to the Director and works closely with the Gallery Coordinator and other staff.
Field of Study: Fine Art / Art History, Museum Studies and Cultural Studies
Level of Education: Post-secondary
Computers/Equipment: Computer skills (including word/image processing software, social media
tools, web-based research), digital A/V equipment, digital camera/scanner, Zoom, POS (point-ofsale) systems
The ideal candidate will:
– have post-secondary training in visual arts, curatorial, cultural, or critical studies, as well as
strong creative and written communication skills
– be currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate studies
– have experience using PC operating systems
– be proficient using MS Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to create, edit, and
save documents; Outlook to create, share, and manage e-mail and attachments; social
media tools; and Zoom for program delivery
– have excellent verbal communication skills
– have excellent organizational skills, as well as strengths in research for content generation
– preferably have experience developing cultural programming and working with artists
The AGG is committed to an employment equity program that includes measures to achieve
diversity among its staff. We encourage applications from all qualified youth, including those from
Indigenous and racialized communities, LGBTQ2IA+ youth, and youth living with disabilities. We
will only interview candidates that meet the eligibility criteria for participation in Young Canada
Works in Heritage Organizations.
Terms: This is a 12-week, full-time, contract position from June 3 to August 23, 2024. The rate of
pay is $17.50 per hour, based on 35 hours per week. Orientation and training are provided.
About the Gallery:
The AGG is widely known for its exhibition programs and for its collections of more than 10,000
works of art, which jointly cover three centuries of Canadian and international art. The AGG has a
broad public role, supported by its relationship to three sponsors: the University of Guelph, the
City of Guelph, and the Upper Grand District School Board. The gallery is housed in a renovated
historic building (dating to 1904) and features a Sculpture Park on the adjacent grounds. The
Sculpture Park is the largest outdoor art collection at a public gallery in Canada, with 41
permanently sited works representing artists from across Canada. Known internationally for its
Canadian contemporary art collection, historical European print collection, and for its Inuit and
First Nations collections, the AGG produces 12-15 exhibitions per year, some of which tour
regionally, nationally, and internationally. For more information, visit our website:
Characteristics of City/Region:
The AGG is the principal public art gallery serving Guelph and the surrounding region. Guelph is a
vibrant city situated in the heart of southern Ontario, just 100 km west of Toronto. With one of
Canada’s premier research-based universities (University of Guelph) and a diversity of
manufacturing, service, and high technology enterprises in the region, Guelph is among Canada’s
most arts-intensive and socially engaged communities, and one of the fastest growing economic
regions in the country. More information about the City of Guelph may be found here:
To apply, please create a Young Canada Works profile and apply through the site. Deadline to
apply: April 18, 2024
We would like to thank all candidates for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will
be contacted.

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