Curatorial Research Assistant: Special Projects (Internship)

County of Lambton

Curatorial Research Assistant: Special Projects (Internship) 

Job Number:  J0518-0460
Job Title:  Curatorial Research Assistant: Special Projects (Internship)
Position Status:  Student
Division:  Cultural Services
Facility:  Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
City:  Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Number of Positions:  1
Date Posted:  May 14, 2018
Closing Date:  June 3, 2018
Starting Date:  June 18, 2018
*Please Note: This internship is 36 weeks and will end on Mar 31, 2019.*

Owned and operated by the County of Lambton and located in the centre of Sarnia’s downtown cultural district, a block from the waterfront, the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery offers a wide range of exhibitions, tours, lectures and programs. Housed in the Thom building (also known as the Saks building), the gallery’s permanent collection comprises over 1,200 Canadian historical and contemporary works. Revolving exhibitions from the gallery’s permanent collection along with temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists and works from other galleries open a window on the past and help preserve and present our visual culture heritage locally and nationally.

The County of Lambton is an urban-rural area in southwestern Ontario that is home to over 126,000 residents. The Corporation's seven divisions operate programs and services for the residents of Lambton County such as land ambulance, provincial offences court, three Long-Term Care Homes, 26 library branches, two museums, an art gallery, archives, local roadways, public health services, housing services, social services, building services and planning and development services. Lambton County is a community dedicated to economic growth, environmental stewardship and an enhanced quality of life through the provision of responsive and efficient services and collaborative efforts with its municipal and community partners.

Position Overview
Working with the artistic staff including the Curator/Director, Curator/Supervisor, and the education team, the intern will be involved with curatorial research and writing on a major curatorial project being planned for the ten year anniversary of the gallery in 2022-2023, and a small exhibition developed from the JNAAG permanent collection that will be mounted in February 2019. 

The first project is an art exhibition series and symposium that will be accompanied by a creative community project addressing global and local environmental and climate issues, concerns and trends, and the role art, artists and community play in addressing these issues. The intern will be tasked with creating an inventory of artists, practices, and technological requirements that includes a curatorial assessment of each artist and their practice. They will also research grant and sponsorship opportunities. The intern will also produce a small exhibition generated from the permanent collection and will assist in day to day operations of the gallery as required.

With an expansive mandate that encompasses the local to the national, the historical to the contemporary, and includes every artistic medium from paint and photography to video, installation, sound and performance art, the intern will have the opportunity to work in meaningful ways with contemporary and historical art from the collection as well as with a number of important provincial and national practicing contemporary artists and their art.

  • University degree in Curatorial Practice or Art History.
  • A Passion for art and bringing art to community. 
  • Awareness and understanding of the current provincial and national context of contemporary and historical art, issues, production and practices.
  • Awareness of interdisciplinary and/or new media based contemporary art practices as well as a solid knowledge of Canadian Art History.
  • An interest in ecological and environmental art based practices a definite asset.
  • Strong research and writing skills. 
  • Strong coordination skills.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills, analytical, multi-tasking, organizational, customer service and teamwork skills. 
  • Ability to develop strong relationships in community and across relevant sectors.
  • High level command of Microsoft office suite.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite is an asset.

Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria for the Young Canada Works, Building Careers in Heritage Program. Eligible applicants must be:
  • 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);
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment:
  • Must not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • An unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time.
  • A recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;
  • Not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and
  • Have not previously participated in or been paid under thisor any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

Interested applicants must be registered with Young Canada Works at:

Once registered, applicants must apply through Young Canada Works at:

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Location: Sarnia, ON.

Region: Zone 1

Professional Category(s): Museum & Archive Services.

Posted: May 15, 2018, 11:46 am

Expires: June 3, 2018, 4:30 pm

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