Harbourfront Corporation (D/B/A the Harbourfront Centre)
235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Summary of Function:
Reporting to the Director/Artistic Director, the Curator of Exhibitions oversees all aspects of the exhibition and publication programme. Alongside the conception and coordination of the exhibitions and new commissioned work, the Curator of Exhibitions manages the annual exhibition and publication budgets. The Curator of Exhibitions oversees, develops and implements the exhibitions within the gallery, touring exhibitions, institutional partnerships and co-productions; coordinates guest-curated exhibitions and supervises the development of exhibitions by other curatorial staff members. The Curator of Exhibitions manages the publications accompanying The Power Plant’s exhibitions. He/she represents The Power Plant in the community and internationally to enhance the profile and reputation of the gallery.
• Works closely with the Director/Artistic Director to research, develop and implement The Power Plant’s exhibition and publication program;
• Participates as directed in the development, preparation and production of exhibitions of Canadian and international contemporary art;
• Researches origins and artistic history of art pieces, develops and presents new solo and group exhibitions that interpret the response of artists to developments in contemporary culture and that respond to the global flow of information, emerging discourses, new artists, new geographies, new media and changing contexts that underpin developments in contemporary art;
• Undertakes scholarly research in all areas of contemporary arts for exhibitions in order to propose and recommend the acquisition of various pieces for exhibition projects and publications aligned with the current artistic vision of The Power Plant;
• Manages and oversees touring exhibitions and institutional collaborations; negotiates touring and co-production terms and agreements;
• Works closely with artists and lending institutions and supervises all aspects of installations; including researching production and fabrication for new commissioned work;
• Establishes, fosters and maintains contacts with artists, collectors, donors, sponsors, galleries as well as various organizations on the local and international scenes in the development of The Power Plant’s exhibition program;
• Reviews and responds to exhibition proposals for partnerships;
• Manages and oversees the production of publications accompanying the galleries exhibition programme;
• Writes texts for catalogues as well as creates accompanying text material;
• Liaises with authors, copy-editors, graphic designers, printers;
• Prepares and monitors annual exhibition, installation and publication budgets and expenses, and manages and directs the work of all subordinate staff;
• Prepares materials in support of applications for funding from consulates, foreign affairs departments, foundations, trusts, individuals, and private agencies in consultation with the Donor Programs and Major Events Manager as well as with the Grants and Sponsorship Officer;
• As part of the senior management team, participates in business and strategic planning for The Power Plant;
• Works with the Curator of Education and Public Programs to plan and support outreach and education programs aimed at engaging and expanding new and diverse audiences.
• Prepares texts used for didactic materials, programme guides, annual report, media releases, newsletter, web and other sources.
• All staff are required to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of other personnel who may be affected by their conduct.
• Successful delivery of exhibitions on time and within budget;
• Successful delivery of publications on time and within budget;
Acceptable Applications must include:
A current resume, the names and contact information of three references and a cover letter addressed to the Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery [Gaëtane Verna], indicating how you meet the essential criteria of this key position and including salary expectations.
Gaëtane Verna’s contact details are as follow:
Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.