Employment Opportunity: YCW Curatorial Assistant

Regan Shrumm. Open Space Summer Students 2016.
Employment Opportunity: YCW Curatorial Assistant
Friday, May 12, 2017, 5:00 pm

Curatorial Assistant (funding pending)

The Curatorial Assistant will work at Open Space, an artist-run centre in Victoria, BC, located on unceded First Nations territory, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.


Wage: $17.00/hour for 12 weeks, beginning June 6 and continuing to August 26, 2017. Interviews will begin during the week of May 29.


Apply with a one-page cover letter and a current resume or CV to:

Executive Director

Open Space 
510 Fort Street 
Victoria, BC V8W 1E6 


BEFORE: Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Email applications: director@openspace.ca (Candidates applying by email must indicate “Curatorial Assistant Competition” in the subject window.) 

The Curatorial Assistant will contribute to program configuration, scheduling, and research for 2017-19 programs including Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane’s Forestrial Brain, Deconstructing Comfort and the Integrate Arts Festival. The Curatorial Assistant will complete a writing project, conducting archival research to create an annotated timeline of Open Space’s programming history to inform surrounding events for the 45th anniversary of Open Space and Canada’s 150th anniversary. The student will create a 1500-word reflective statement on their findings, which will be published on the Open Space website. The Curatorial Assistant will travel to Vancouver to visit other artist-run centers and will have the opportunity to visit other exhibitions and events in Victoria, to build knowledge of artist-run centres and local cultural organizations.

Qualifications: The Curatorial Assistant has a background in fine arts, art history, curatorial studies, critical studies, gender studies, or writing. This position requires excellent computer skills (Mac operating system, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suites), MailChimp, along with strong writing and communication skills. We are looking for someone who can meet organizational deadlines and who thrives on independent work. We value a sense of responsibility, reliability, and active participation. The successful applicant will demonstrate knowledge and interest in the contemporary arts, is attending classes in Spring 2017 and will be returning to classes in the fall of 2017.

Applicants must be registered with Young Canada Works. Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; Note: Non-Canadian students 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. Note that the Open Space workweek is Tuesday through Saturday, with Sunday–Monday weekends;
  • Have finished the school term at the start of employment;
  • Be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory;
  • Not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW;
  • Have been a full-time student (as defined by your educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW job;
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.


Applications are welcomed from all qualified applicants including women, visible minorities, trans and queer persons, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. Open Space is not wheelchair accessible.