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Curatorial Assistant

Summer Youth Employment

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Deadline: April 15, 2019, 5:00pm MST

These positions are supported through the Young Canada Works Program.

The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is one of the largest square footage art galleries in Alberta. The Art Gallery is a place of art preservation, inspiration and exploration. We offer free admission, tours, programs, and activities for all ages.

The Art Gallery presents an average of twelve art exhibitions per year and welcomes over 25,000 visitors annually while our travelling exhibitions will stop in roughly 25 venues annually throughout the Peace Region and will see over 140,000 visitors.

General Description

The Curatorial Assistant at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie will support the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections (CEC) in the research and development of exhibitions and programs to be delivered during 2019. The Curatorial Assistant will participate in daily operations as part of the exhibitions team.

This role includes assisting in the facilitation of two special projects including the Gallery’s first Artist in Residence program and curatorial programming for a dedicated resource/project space for the exhibition Sonic Youth (November 2019) as well as regular programming for exhibitions.

The role of this student is to assist the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections to research grant opportunities, to prepare, install and promote exhibitions, to work with the Artist-in-Residence in organizing public workshops and events, to plan the Annual Art Auction fundraiser.

This position is supported through the Young Canada Works Program, and so is pending gallery approval.

Position: Curatorial Assistant, temporary
Term: May 5 – August 24, 2019 – 35 hours per week
Salary: $17.62 per hour
Deadline: April 15, 2019, 5:00pm MST


The candidates for the position of Curatorial Assistant must be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate level art history, visual arts or curatorial Studies and planning to continue their studies in the fall of 2019. Candidates must also be registered with and eligible for the Young Canada Works Grant Program for 2019.

In addition, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible).
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.
  • Be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment.
  • Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program.
  • Have been a full-time student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW assignment.
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW assignment.

In addition, candidates with a background in any of the following fields of study will also be strongly considered: English, political science, women’s studies, gender, social justice.

The gallery welcomes all applications but only those shortlisted for the position may be contacted.

All applications must be received by the gallery by the due date (no postmarks).

Please send a cover letter and CV to ATTN: Curator of Exhibitions an Collections, by email to