Application Deadline: Dec 13, 2021
Start Date: Jan 04, 2022

Salary From: 35K To 40K
Province: Ontario
Region: Kitchener/Waterloo Area
City: Kitchener
Employee Benefits: Health
Organization’s Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job’s focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
KWAG is Waterloo Region’s leading public art gallery, connecting people and ideas through art, with a focus on the best of contemporary culture.  For the benefit of current and future generations, the Gallery collects, preserves, researches, interprets, and exhibits the visual arts and offers dynamic public programming relating to the visual arts, all with a view to inspiring creativity and an appreciation of the visual arts in the Region. Established in 1956 and incorporated in 1968, KWAG is a non-profit organization open to the public and administered in the public trust. The Gallery emphasizes contemporary art, often premiering works by Canadian and international artists. Exhibitions frequently draw upon selections from over 4000 works from the Permanent Collection to provide a context and forum for dialogue on current exhibitions and contemporary issues. KWAG plays a vital educational role in the community, offering a full spectrum of artistic experience for adults, children and families alike.

Job Description

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is seeking a Preparator to join a high performance and passionate team of dedicated professionals. Rooted deeply in its community, the Gallery is progressively redefining the role of the public art museum in a regional and international context.

Reporting to the Curator, the Preparator is responsible for all aspects of exhibition space preparation, installation and de-installation, including: establishing installation timelines; managing project budgets; installation and deinstallation of artworks; and other related administrative responsibilities. The Preparator will contribute to incoming/outgoing artwork shipment, packing and handling, and coordinate incoming/outgoing loans of work, furniture and equipment. They have excellent communication skills and the ability to listen to, comprehend and execute tasks in a timely and effective manner, working collaboratively with artists, curators, contractors and KWAG staff.

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  • Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in the care, handling, installation, and lighting of art in various forms
  • Experience with carpentry and picture framing will be considered an asset
  • Experience with SketchUp will be considered an asset
  • Audio-visual equipment expertise
  • Excellent interpersonal, supervisory and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize, and perform under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • A valid class G Driver’s License is required; access to vehicle will be considered an asset
  • Ability to work flexible hours when needed
  • Valid Scissor Lift and Fall Arrest Certification will be considered an asset
  • Ability to lift and move heavy objects and work at heights
  • Sound knowledge of workplace health and safety

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter before December 13/21 at 5:00 pm (open until filled) to:

Shelly Mitchell, Director of Finance & Administration
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
101 Queen St. North, Kitchener, ON  N2H 6P7
Email: [email protected]

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