ORGANIZATION: Galerie SAW Gallery
We are looking for an exceptionally creative and energetic individual to join our small team in the role of Curator.
Founded in Ottawa in 1973, Galerie SAW Gallery is a non-profit artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. Today, with its strong focus on outreach and community development, Galerie SAW Gallery boasts an annual audience of over 30,000 people. The centre’s risk-taking exhibition program presents the work of many artists who are not often considered by other Canadian art institutions. An evolving space comprised of Galerie SAW Gallery, Club SAW and the SAW outdoor courtyard, the centre is an ideal venue for the presentation of performance, media art and new artistic practices. Located in the National Capital region, Galerie SAW Gallery actively participates in political discourse around cultural diversity, the rights of artists and freedom of expression.
Galerie SAW Gallery
- promotes contemporary Canadian and international artists, emerging and established, from diverse cultural backgrounds;
- presents a contemporary art program with a strong focus on Canadian performance and media art, with bilingual interpretative material produced for each exhibition;
- adapts to the changing nature of the contemporary arts by maintaining an evolving interdisciplinary presentation space comprised of SAW Gallery, Club SAW and the SAW outdoor courtyard;
- serves the needs of diverse communities through audience development initiatives;
- engages in collaborations with other arts organizations to increase opportunities for exhibiting artists and to outreach to new audiences;
- commits to paying artist fees above CARFAC recommendations.
You will develop and organize critical and innovative exhibition programs that appeal to a wide range of audiences, in accordance with Galerie SAW Gallery’s mandate. You will work to build the centre’s relationships with artists and organizations from the Ottawa-Gatineau region, Canada and abroad. You will use your expertise in communications to contribute unique community outreach programs and public relations initiatives.
You will work closely with the Director to research, plan, manage and deliver all aspects of the gallery’s programs.
You will have at least three years of experience in curating exhibitions, in producing publications, in organizing events and in leading teams to deliver projects. You will have a diploma in studio arts, art history, curatorial studies or a related field, along with solid experience working in an artist-run organization, and a broad knowledge of contemporary art. You will have outstanding writing and editorial skills, including proven grant writing skills. As an active figure in the contemporary art scene, you will have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively. You will have a strong background and interest in outreach and community development. A thorough knowledge of and demonstrated interest in performance and media art programming will be an asset. A strong command of both French and English will be preferred.
This is a full-time permanent position, with benefits.
HOW TO APPLY
Please e-mail your CV along with a statement of intent, a selection of writing samples and three professional references to email@example.com. Sample catalogues of exhibitions/projects may be mailed to: Galerie SAW Gallery, Attn: Hiring Committee, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa ON K1N 7B9.
Closing Date for Applications: Friday, June 24, 2011
Start Date of Position: Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Galerie SAW Gallery is committed to employment equity and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender identity, age, creed, disability or sexual orientation.
Please be advised that we are only able to contact candidates selected for an interview. Thank you for your interest in this employment opportunity at Galerie SAW Gallery.