The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to the art of our time and is recognized as an important centre for contemporary art in North America and in the world. Over the past 32 years, its reputation for presenting cutting edge exhibitions, superior catalogues and editions, and challenging special events has remained unparalleled. Presenting contemporary art by living artists of local, national, and international stature, The Power Plant's mission is to present and disseminate the best contemporary art in all and any media within Harbourfront Centre and offsite through partnerships in Toronto, Canada and abroad.
Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture and recreation across a stunning 10-acre site at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world.
Summary of Function:
This two-year fellowship (2 July, 2019 through 25 June, 2021) supports The Power Plant’s goal to encourage greater career opportunities within the museum field. Through this innovative program, unique within in Canada, the TPP Curatorial Fellowship will provide a recent graduate or emerging curator with tangible working experience in a professional environment. In this role the Curatorial Fellow will be fully integrated into all areas of the organization, with full access to the inner workings of a major Canadian public gallery.
Through this program, The Power Plant will contribute, nurture and foster the careers of up and coming Canadian curators. This position affords potential candidates the opportunity to get hands-on experience working closely with curators at t=The Power Plant, conducting research related to exhibitions as well as ongoing administrative tasks. During this period the Curatorial Fellow will gain valuable and tangible experience that otherwise would be extremely difficult to gain considering the disappearance of paid entry-level positions in most professional art galleries and museums across the country.
• The program helps build the Curatorial Fellow’s career in Toronto and abroad within an organization that has a national and international resonance.
• The Power Plant’s Curatorial Fellow works closely with the Curator of Exhibitions and the Curatorial and Development staff of The Power Plant. He/she will also work with The Power Plant’s guest curators and learn about all of the diverse facets of the work of a curator in a contemporary art gallery. Coaching, research, documentation, professional development and mentoring are at the heart of this program.
• The Curatorial Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in all phases of exhibition development, including: research; checklist development; lender and artist relations; publication rights and reproductions; writing text for catalogues, didactics, blogs, and the member magazine; floor plan development; installation; and development of public programs related to exhibitions.
• The Curatorial Fellow will work in the capacity of Assistant Curator on one major exhibition per year. In doing so the Curatorial Fellow will be involved in all aspects of the research and documentation, writing didactic panels and exhibition text within a published catalogue, on the website and in the Program Guide, coordinating installation and liaising with artists, gallerists and other curators, and gaining a full understanding of the exhibition organizing process by shadowing the Curator of Exhibitions specifically on these exhibitions.
• The Curatorial Fellow will also assist with other departmental needs including preparation for board, committee and Gallery Attendant presentations, leading tours for members, donors and other arts professionals, and donor relations.
• The end of this two-year tenure will see the Curatorial Fellow present an exhibition and publish an issue in our series, Power Plant Pages.
• Upon completion of each year of the internship, the Curatorial Fellow will provide a presentation to Power Plant staff, reporting on the outcomes of each year period.
Work, Health and Safety (WH&S)
• All members of staff are required to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of other personnel (including volunteers and interns) who may be affected by their conduct.
Skills & Requirements
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and familiarity with contemporary art required;
• Foreign language skills (written and verbal) are highly desirable;
• High level of critical and logical thinking;
• Excellent oral communication skills;
• Computer proficiency;
• Excellent research skills;
• Creative and innovative thinker;
• Energetic, self-motivated, and results-oriented;
• Strong work ethic;
• M.A. degree in art history, art criticism, museum studies, curatorial practice or a related field.How to Apply: The Fellowship program has a strong record of success, with previous interns currently holding positions at the Oakville Galleries, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and Art Gallery of York University, among other institutions.
Acceptable Applications must include: The Power Plant seeks Canadian applicants who have completed a postgraduate education in the field. Non-Canadian applicants must have a valid work visa and proper documentation to legally work in Canada.
• A letter of interest describing the applicant’s interest in the fellowship program, museum work, and reasons for applying and what they hope to learn from the fellowship;
• A resume;
• Three references with contact information;
• Two letters of recommendation (1) from academic and (1) from professional settings;
• Writing samples (2): the primary sample must be less than 8 pages; an excerpt from a thesis or other academic writing, or a general sample (e.g. wall text, gallery guide, etc.).
Deadline for Application: June 01, 2019
Qualified applicants please send your resume Quoting Job Ref#.19J095-CMA
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.