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Public Engagement

Application Deadline: August 8, 2018

Contract: Maternity leave, 13-month contract from October 1, 2018November 1, 2019.

Details: Full-time—37.5 hours per week, evening and weekend availability a necessity.

The Esker Foundation is the largest privately funded, non-commercial contemporary art gallery in Calgary. As a leader in the Calgary arts community, Esker Foundation connects the public to contemporary art through relevant, accessible, and educational exhibitions, programs, and publications. Esker Foundation reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international culture; creates opportunities for public dialogue; and supports the production of groundbreaking new work, ideas, and research.

Public Engagement

You will join a multi-talented, professional group led by the Director/Curator. You are a creative thinker who can foster new ways of thinking about audience engagement.

In this role, your primary responsibility is to develop, implement, and oversee all educational engagement at the Esker Foundation. Working directly with the curatorial team, you will be responsible for linking curatorial vision with public engagement, researching the various ways artistic practice and exhibition focus informs and speaks to a diverse and ever-expanding public.

You will be providing long and short-range planning for exhibition-related programs, programs that focus on contemporary art education for all ages, and programs that are responsive to local conversations and practices.

This position is a 13-month contract. Competitive salary with benefits package and professional development opportunities included.

You will have:

  • First and foremost an endless enthusiasm and commitment to the goals and vision of Esker Foundation.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts or higher and at least three years’ experience with engagement programs specific to contemporary art.
  • Broad knowledge of contemporary art and ideas, and how this can be contextualized in the larger scope of world today.
  • The vision to generate and implement nationally recognized programs that highlight the vision of Esker Foundation as an innovative new model for both exhibitions and engagement.
  • The ability and interest to engage in diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated strong connections and participation in engagement conversation in museums and galleries locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • The flexibility to work varied hours including evenings and/or weekends depending on program and gallery needs.
  • Strong communication, organizational, and management skills.
  • Flexible, respectful, and thoughtful to co-workers, artists and guest, volunteers, the local arts community, and the public. Ability to see beyond the parameters of the position and strive to contribute to an overall vision of the Esker Foundation.
  • An emotionally mature individual with strong self-awareness and an excellent sense of humour.

Please submit a resume and cover letter in one PDF outlining why you would be a good addition to the team by August 8, 2018, to director Naomi Potter, by email to

Interviews will be conducted the week of August 13, 2018.

Start date October 1, 2018.