Job Posting: InterAccess Curator

InterAccess is looking for an emerging curator to curate InterAccess’ 11th annual Emerging Artist Exhibition. Deadline: March 4, 2011
Since its inception since 2001, InterAccess’ annual Emerging Artist Exhibition has showcased new media work by post-secondary students and recent graduates. Curated and organized by a selected emerging curator, this initiative offers young artists and curators professional experience and exposure. Past exhibitions have been reviewed by The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star and The National Post. Former participating artists and curators have gone on to work and exhibit in such institutions as the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto, Xpace Gallery, The Banff Centre, Western Front, Trinity Square Video, Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Space Media Arts in London UK, FACT in Liverpool, and Transmediale in Berlin.  This call for an emerging curator pertains to InterAccess’ 11th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition, which will open in July 2011.

Nature and Scope of Position:
The primary responsibility of the Curatorial Intern is the development of the annual Emerging Artist Exhibition. Reporting to the Director of Programming and supervised by the Board of Directors, the Curatorial Intern is given the opportunity to learn about all aspects of programming within an artist-run, media arts centre environment. The Curatorial Intern will work closely with the Gallery and Membership Coordinator, Rosie Spooner, curator of the 2010 Emerging Artist Exhibition.   The Curatorial Internship ideally requires 7-14 hours per week beginning in early-March 2011. Extended hours will be required during the weeks leading up to the opening of the exhibition in June 2011. The Curatorial Internship is an ideal placement for an undergraduate or graduate student looking for hands-on experience of the curatorial process and, more generally, of the gallery environment. The internship is unpaid but InterAccess offers a small honorarium upon the successful completion of the exhibition. The primary responsibility of the Curatorial Intern is the development of the annual Emerging Artist Exhibition.

Primary duties and responsibilities:
– Develop a coherent and relevant theme for the exhibition.
– Select approximately five works from new media students or recent graduates within Southern Ontario and Canada.
– Assist in drafting an exhibition budget.
– Write a curatorial statement and extended essay.
– Manage the installation of the exhibition in June 2011.
– Assist with other duties at InterAccess, which may include organizing submissions for review, assisting with distribution of listings and other communications, assisting with installation and event set-up, assisting with InterAccess’ workshop series, researching materials for upcoming exhibitions and events, general office assistance and sitting the gallery.

The ideal candidate will be an undergraduate or graduate student in a related field of study. Recent graduates will also be considered.

Applicants must have:
– A strong knowledge of contemporary media and visual art practices, especially within Canada.
– Excellent oral and written communication skills.
– Excellent computer skills (Mac environment).
– Superior organizational skills.
– The ability to deal with diverse public audiences.
– The ability to work in a self-directed manner as well as in a team environment.

Submissions must include:
– CV.
– Cover letter detailing your experiences and interest in media arts (maximum two pages).
– Two letters of reference.