Gallery Assistant

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Gallery Assistant

Application Deadline: June 14, 2021
Term: 280 hour contract at $18/hour (number of hours worked weekly is flexible)

The New Gallery (TNG) is seeking a gallery assistant to support staff in the gallery’s programs and operations. The gallery assistant reports to the director and has a working relationship with other staff, volunteers, and programmed artists.

This role provides an opportunity for an eligible youth to gain hands-on experience in some aspects of working in artist-run culture and the non-profit arts, including exhibition planning, program development and implementation, and arts administration.


This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ). Applicants must meet the following CSJ requirements to be eligible for this position:

  • Is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment.
  • Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*
    *International students are not eligible. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents.
  • Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

The successful applicant for this position will have an interest in and knowledge of contemporary art, artist-run culture, and/or the local arts community. Additionally, the successful candidate will be collaborative, organized, and self-motivated. A proficiency in Cantonese, Mandarin, or other Chinese dialects is considered an asset given the gallery’s location in Calgary Chinatown.


  • Support the installation and de-installation of all exhibitions taking place during the internship.
  • Assist in developing and executing collaborative programming with community partners.
  • Assist in day-to-day operations, including administration, communicating with audience members, fundraising activities, and research projects.
  • Support the maintenance and digitization of the library and archive.

Application Guidelines

Applicants can submit a letter outlining their interest in this position to with the subject line Application: Gallery Assistant 2021. Oral and video submissions are also accepted, links to these files are preferred but other delivery methods are also accepted. CVs and resumes are not required, but applicants may supplement their letter of interest with this document if preferred. Contact information for two professional references will be required if you are selected for an interview.

TNG is dedicated to equitable access, and encourages Black, Indigenous, people of colour, newcomer, 2SLGBTQ+ artists, d/Deaf and disabled artists, emerging artists, as well as artists from poor and working-class backgrounds to apply to this opportunity.

TNG is committed to working individually with applicants facing barriers to this opportunity. If you require support or accommodations during this process, please contact us at 403.233.2399 or email Su Ying Strang at

About Us

TNG is an artist-run centre located in Mohkinstsis/Calgary on the ancestral and traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. This charitable centre for contemporary art was established in 1975 as the Clouds & Water Gallery and Visual Production Society.

Currently, TNG operates:

  • Main Space – An exhibition venue in a storefront of the historic Canton Block in Calgary Chinatown.
  • Billboard 208 – A programming site situated on the exterior of TNG’s storefront.
  • Resource Centre – A combined library/archive and flexible meeting space.
  • Main Frame – An online platform for web-based projects.

These venues support the research, creation, and exhibition of socially relevant and politically informed creative practices from artists at all junctures of their careers, while enabling a public engagement with artist-run culture and contemporary art. TNG’s programming comprises a broad range of art and educational activities, including exhibitions, publications, residencies, offsite projects, and community collaborations that serve to invigorate audiences’ experience of contemporary art and culture.

TNG gratefully acknowledges its home on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region, including the Blackfoot Confederacy (Kainai, Piikani and Siksika), Tsuu T’ina First Nation, Stoney Nakoda First Nation (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley), and Métis Nation of Alberta Region III. TNG would also like to acknowledge the many other First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this land home.

For more information about TNG, please visit

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