Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art
  • Nom de l’organisme : Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Kingston, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2018-06-18 à 2019-03-19 (38 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 21,02 $

POSITION TITLE: Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art

DEPARTMENT: Agnes Etherington Art Centre


EFFECTIVE DATE: 18 June 2018

Job Type: Full Time

City: Kingston, Ontario

Hours: 35 hours/week

Number of Positions: 1

Starting Date: 18/06/18

End date: 19/03/19

Wage Rate: $21.27/hour plus benefits

Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage


Reporting to the Curator of Contemporary Art, the Curatorial Assistant will assist with research, development and coordination of selected publications, residencies and exhibitions. The Curatorial Assistant will adhere to high standards of excellence, assisting the Curator of Contemporary Art with research and administrative tasks to ensure that publications and programming are delivered as conceived, on time and on budget.

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a research‐intensive art museum that serves as an active educational resource at Queen’s University and as a public gallery for the Kingston region and beyond. By collecting and preserving works of art, exhibiting and interpreting visual culture, and fostering and disseminating research, the Agnes illuminates the great artistic traditions of the past and the innovations of the present. Our work is driven by the belief that encounters with original works of art contribute to understanding the world and ourselves.


• Assist with research, development and coordination of selected publications and exhibitions.

• Assist with the coordination of logistical arrangements for publications, exhibitions and programs.

• Research and assist in writing relevant grants.

• Assist with relationships, contracts and deliverables determined by the publication and programs plan.

• Work with Curator of Contemporary Art on the multi-purposing of content across the publications and programs uses, ensuring integration of public engagement activities.

• Work with Curator of Contemporary Art to help plan and present exhibition-related workshops and lectures as required.

• Draft exhibition educational and didactic content as required. Tour audiences through exhibitions.

• Assist with the development, integration and coordination of all aspects of publications production.

• Assists the Curator to develop and maintain strong and productive relationships with artists, writers and other contractors.


• 2–3 year post-secondary program in Visual Studies, Cultural Studies, Curatorial Practice, Art History, or other related areas.

• One year of recent experience (within past two years) in curatorial assistance work in an art context.

• An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered.

• Proven awareness and understanding of the current provincial and national context of contemporary and historical art, issues, production and practices.

• Proven awareness of interdisciplinary and/or new media based contemporary art practices as well as a solid knowledge of Canadian Art History.


• Administrative assistance.

• Familiarity with project management processes is an asset.

• Research and writing skills.

• Knowledge of current art educational principles and practices.

• Possess excellent interpersonal skills, superior analytical, multi-tasking, organizational, customer service and teamwork skills.

• Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships in community and across relevant sectors.

• Command of Microsoft office suite. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite is an asset.


• Decide the structure, format and content for grant writing.

• Decide on relevancy of research material.

• Prioritize work and time amongst multiple competing demands.

• Determine when to refer complex problems or sensitive issues to others.

Apply for this position by visiting the Young Canada Works website:

Deadline: 24 May 2018

Queen’s University is an equal-opportunity employer, servicing diverse communities. We are committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. This information is available in an alternative format upon request, to accommodate individuals with a disability. Although we appreciate all applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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