Summer 2022
Job Posting: Curatorial Assistant
Location: Sechelt Onsite

Deadline to apply: Friday, May 13, 2022, at 4:00 PM

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is seeking an individual to fill the position of a Curatorial Assistant. Working closely with the Director/Curator and the Assistant Arts Administrator, the position will assist with the daily operations of the Arts Centre which includes the Doris Crowston Gallery, a youth project room, a community gallery space and a visual arts studio. This will include helping with exhibition installations, liaising with artists, supporting exhibition text development, greeting exhibition visitors, facilitating talks, screening and workshops, and supporting our annual young artist camps.

As an Arts Council, we exist to benefit the broadest range of artists and audiences on the lower Coast. With one of the highest ratios of artists per capita in Canada, we have been fortunate to have maintained strong connections with our local artists and artisans. The robust attendance across our programs is evidence of this. We have focused on specific audiences as well – developing and delivering programs that connect with seniors and young artists in our communities. We actively program encounters that cross pollinate audiences across the visual arts, music and literary fields.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable engaging with the public, is detail oriented, has good written and verbal skills, and is passionate about art and culture.

Typical Duties:
Welcome and engage visitors during regular gallery hours.
Assist in preparation for upcoming exhibitions; research and studio visits
Curatorial research focusing on history of Sunshine Coast art from 1960 to present
Archive, organize and process all 2021 exhibitions
Administrative support for exhibition submission process including curatorial committee
Production of exhibition texts intended for online publishing; editing, writing, design;
Maintenance of exhibition space, storage room and technical devices;
Support administration and planning for the summer 2022 events and workshops
Support delivery of Skills for Solitude Workshops through Zoom
Support delivery of Weaving a Gathering Place project
Provide support for summer young artist camp activities including workshop delivery

The ideal candidate will be a current student or recent graduate from any of the following: Arts Administration, Event Management, Fine Arts, Curatorial and Critical Studies, Art History, Interactive Arts, History or related field. In addition, we hope that the candidate will also possess:

• Interest and engagement with the local arts community. Knowledge of the Sunshine Coast is an asset
• Interest in public engagement and educational program planning and delivery in the arts.
• Experience working with children and youth considered an asset.
• Exceptional verbal and written communications skills.
• Exemplary organization skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision.
• Ability to take initiative and problem solve.
• Computer experience with Microsoft Office suite and social media platforms.
• Volunteer or work experience in a gallery, community art space or museum environment desirable.

$19/hour, May 18/25 – August 14, 2022: Thurs-Sun, 24 hours/week

Applicants must be between the ages of 15-30 (you do not have to be returning to school in the Fall). Applicants must also be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have official refugee protection status, be legally eligible to work in BC, not have another full-time job (30+hours/week).

Please send your resume (including confirmation that you are eligible for this position), including cover letter and any other special instructions listed above to the contact name below by the date specified.

Contact: Sadira Rodrigues, Director/Curator
Address: Sechelt Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa Ave, Sechelt, BC
Deadline to apply: Friday, May 13, 2022, at 4:00 PM

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.