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The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to the art of our time and is recognized as an important centre for contemporary art in North America. Over the past 30 years, its reputation for presenting cutting edge exhibitions, catalogues and editions has remained unparalleled. Presenting contemporary art by living artists of local, national, and international stature, The Power Plant's mission is to present and disseminate global contemporary art in all and any media.

Harbourfront Centre is a leader in providing internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture and recreation across a stunning 10-acre site at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. For more than 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has celebrated the best in Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from around the world by curating over 4000 events annually from music festivals to contemporary dance, to craft and design to sailing lessons.

Currently, an employment opportunity exists for a full time Curator of Exhibitions.


Job Title: Curator of Exhibitions (Noc 5112)

Company Name: Harbourfront Corporation (D/B/A the Harbourfront Centre)

Language: English

Start Date of Employment (Approx.): August 2018

Hours: 40 hours per week

Minimum Education: Masters
Positions Available: 1
Salary: $60,000-$80,000
Work Location(s): Toronto, Ontario
Type of Employment: Full Time

Summary of Function:

Reporting to the Director/Artistic Director, the Curator of Exhibitions oversees all aspects of the exhibition and publication programme. Alongside the conception and coordination of the exhibitions and new commissioned work, the Curator of Exhibitions manages the annual exhibition and publication budgets. The Curator of Exhibitions oversees, develops and implements the exhibitions within the gallery, touring exhibitions, institutional partnerships and co-productions; coordinates guest-curated exhibitions and supervises the development of exhibitions by other curatorial staff members. The Curator of Exhibitions manages the publications accompanying The Power Plant’s exhibitions. He/she represents The Power Plant in the community and internationally to enhance the profile and reputation of the gallery.


Exhibition Development

  • Works closely with the Director/Artistic Director to research, develop and implement The Power Plant’s exhibition and publication program;
  • Participates as directed in the development, preparation and production of exhibitions of Canadian and international contemporary art;
  • Researches, develops and presents new solo and group exhibitions that interpret the response of artists to developments in contemporary culture and that respond to the global flow of information, emerging discourses, new artists, new geographies, new media and changing contexts that underpin developments in contemporary art;
  • Undertakes scholarly research in all areas of contemporary arts for exhibitions in order to propose and recommend exhibition projects and publications aligned with the current artistic vision of The Power Plant;
  • Manages and oversees touring exhibitions and institutional collaborations; negotiates touring and co-production terms and agreements;
  • Works closely with artists and lending institutions and supervises all aspects of installations; including researching production and fabrication for new commissioned work;
  • Establishes, fosters and maintains contacts with artists, collectors, donors, sponsors, galleries as well as various organizations on the local and international scenes in the development of The Power Plant’s exhibition program;
  • Reviews and responds to exhibition proposals for partnerships;


  • Manages and oversees the production of publications accompanying the galleries exhibition programme;
  • Writes texts for catalogues as well as creates accompanying text material;
  • Liaises with authors, copy-editors, graphic designers, printers;


  • Prepares and monitors annual exhibition, installation and publication budgets and expenses, and manages and directs the work of all subordinate staff;
  • Prepares materials in support of applications for funding from consulates, foreign affairs departments, foundations, trusts, individuals, and private agencies in consultation with the Donor Programs and Major Events Manager as well as with the Grants and Sponsorship Officer;
  • As part of the senior management team, participates in business and strategic planning for The Power Plant;


  • Works with the Curator of Education and Public Programs to plan and support outreach and education programs aimed at engaging and expanding new and diverse audiences.


  • Prepares texts used for didactic materials, programme guides, annual report, media releases, newsletter, web and other sources.

Workplace Health and Safety

  • All staff are required to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of other personnel who may be affected by their conduct.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Successful delivery of exhibitions on time and within budget;
  • Successful delivery of publications on time and within budget;


Essential Criteria

  • MA in Art History or related studies as well as in-depth knowledge of 20th and 21st century art and contemporary art within a global context;
  • At least five (5) years’ experience working as a Curator in a modern art or contemporary art department of a museum or public gallery
  • Will be a pragmatic organizer and team worker with a proven intellectual track record, excellent knowledge of international contemporary art and culture;
  • Demonstrated ability for curatorial research and writing;
  • Proven expertise in writing material for publication in a related field
  • Must be able to demonstrate a clear vision of their own curatorial practice;
  • An appreciation of the history of curating in its political context is crucial, as are a critical understanding of contemporary art and a methodology that would enable the candidate to place their work into the context of other initiatives in the greater Toronto area and Canada on the whole;
  • Proven experience in the organization of contemporary art exhibitions and possession of exceptional knowledge of the international contexts for contemporary art;
  •  Proven fundraising, budget and human resource management experience;
  • Must have exceptional interpersonal and relationship management skills with the ability to develop effective partnerships and to persuade and negotiate and work within a fast-paced environment;
  • Fluency in English, written and spoken and excellent knowledge in one additional language;
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office, Outlook, and spreadsheets, among others;
  • Must be able to work flexible hours during events with evenings and weekends as needed to oversee programs and participate in other gallery activities


  • Standard company benefits- including life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability, medical, dental coverage, annual RRSP contribution, employee assistance program, paid sick days
  • 15 vacation days per annum
  • For applicants who are not local and are willing to relocate, partial relocation costs will be covered by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre

Acceptable Applications must include:

A current resume, the names and contact information of three references and a cover letter addressed to the Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery [Gaëtane Verna], indicating how you meet the essential criteria of this key position and including salary expectations.

Qualified applications are invited to apply by: Saturday, June 02, 2018

Please quote Job Reference # 18F07-AKI


Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Suitable accommodations will be available upon request during the hiring process.





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