JOB: Indigenous Curatorial Assistant

Indigenous Curatorial Assistant

YCW Contract Position
Due September 8th

The Anna Leonowens seeks to fill the position of Indigenous Curatorial Assistant. The Indigenous Curatorial Assistant will work with the Gallery Director and Exhibitions Coordinator in coordinating exhibitions and programming for the Treaty Space Gallery. The Treaty Space Gallery continues NSCAD’s commitment towards Indigenous knowledge mobilization and ongoing support of Indigenous contemporary art. Working in the spirit of the Anna Leonowens Gallery, in which the work of leading artists is shown alongside NSCAD students, this space fosters the merging of current Indigenous community-based knowledge with productive academic and artistic research.

The Indigenous Curatorial Assistant will work with the NSCAD community to activate local and national Indigenous histories and contemporary lived experiences and advance a more thorough understanding of treaties in the Nova Scotian and Canadian contexts. As Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples living in Canada, “We Are all Treaty People” and with this theme in mind the Indigenous Curatorial Assistant will collaborate to program exhibitions and events that celebrate the diversity of Indigenous experiences, histories and artistic practices. At the same time, they will generate opportunities for members of the NSCAD and Halifax communities to learn more about treaty histories and accountability.

The incumbent will be responsible for:

– Assist with the programming coordination for public art projects, events, and exhibitions at the Treaty Space Gallery & Port Loggia Gallery and online;

– Assist with the installation and dismantling of professional, student, faculty and visiting artists exhibitions at the Treaty Space Gallery/ Port Loggia Gallery and/or online dissemination;

– Liaise with Professional Artists regarding their virtual visits to NSCAD;

– Prepare designs for email announcements and event postings as required;

– Oversee the administration and logistic of events and exhibitions at the Port Campus with the guidance of the Gallery Director;

– Provide special event support as required;

– Curate an exhibition at the end of their internship (March 2021) to be exhibited at the Treaty Space Gallery/ Port Loggia at the NSCAD Port Campus. (subject to covid-19 protocol).


The ideal candidate for the Indigenous Curatorial Assistant position will have completed one of the following post-secondary programs of study: Museums Studies, Indigenous Studies, Art History, Fine Art, or Other Humanities/Social Sciences or combination thereof (undergraduate-level) / Applied Museum Studies (college-level). They will have demonstrated they have a knowledge of contemporary art and Indigenous contemporary and historical art locally, nationally and internationally. They will come to the position with some previous museum/ gallery experience, strong organizational skills, solid computer skills, and research and writing experience. Experience using design software are considered assets. The incumbent will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to set goals and priorities and work independently as well as part of a team.

NSCAD University/ Anna Leonowens Gallery is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, priority will be given to Indigenous people, including those that identify as First Nations, Metis, & Inuit. We welcome you to identify yourself or your communities in your cover-letter.

This is a Young Canada Works (YCW) funded position. You may be eligible for an internship if you:

• are 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).
• are legally entitled to work in Canada;

• are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

• are 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;

• are unemployed or underemployed;

• are a college or university graduate;

• are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and

• have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.


By email: The deadline for applications is 5pm Tuesday September 8, 2020. A cover letter and resume with contact information for 2 references should be emailed to Melanie Colosimo, Director/Curator with subject line: YCW – Indigenous Curatorial Assistant.

ONLINE: You can also visit the Young Canada Works login page to apply;

• create an account by clicking on the “Sign up” link, then complete and submit a candidate profile;

• browse job opportunities via the “Search for a job” link in your account; and

• express your interest in a position by clicking on the job title and then on “Express interest in this job.”

(Feature image: Carrie Allison, installation at The Treaty Space Gallery, 2018. Photo: Séamus Gallagher)

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