Call for Proposals: Gardiner Museum Curatorial Residency 2022


Gardiner Museum exterior. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Curatorial Residency: Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2022, 5 pm EST
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The Gardiner Museum in Toronto is seeking proposals for the inaugural Gardiner Museum Curatorial Residency.


The Gardiner Museum Curatorial Residency will provide the successful applicant with a paid opportunity to conceive, research, and produce a small-scale museum exhibition and gain experience in a professional environment. The aims of the residency are: to create an opportunity for aspiring and emerging curators; to promote new approaches to the study and presentation of ceramics; and to support a new, diverse generation of curators by offering them an opportunity to communicate their ideas to a broad public.

The outcome of the Curatorial Residency will be an exhibition, which will be presented at the Museum once the Residency is complete. The exhibition should focus on clay or ceramic works, works that are primarily ceramic, or ceramic works in context with other objects or artworks. The theme should be of contemporary relevance and informed by the latest scholarship, whether the actual objects are historical or contemporary.


Lobby exhibition HEAVY SHINE by Dianne Lee and Robyn LeRoy-Evans (2020). Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

The Curatorial Residency has two components to achieve this goal. The first is a travel component of approximately 2-6 weeks, with financial support for the selected applicant’s travel outside of Canada to research their exhibition, including visiting other museums. This invaluable experience will enhance the exhibition, deepen its scholarship, and provide a unique opportunity for professional and personal growth.

The second component will be 3-5 months of full-time work at the Gardiner Museum. This period of the residency will focus on the research, development, writing and realization phases of the exhibition, along with participation in the regular curatorial operations of the Museum, through which the selected applicant will gain broader exposure to Museum practice.

The Curatorial Resident will also give at least one public presentation about their exhibition and contribute to the Gardiner’s digital platforms with content about their project.


The total Residency budget is $45,000 CAD.

The Curatorial Resident will receive $25,000 CAD which will cover accommodation, travel, and all research expenses in the travel phase of the residency, as well as all cost of living, salary, and outside research costs for the time spent in Toronto at the Gardiner Museum. These funds will be directly managed by the Curatorial Resident, with distribution and accountability guidelines specified at the time of acceptance. While all situations differ and thus budget allocations can vary, the program is designed for the successful applicant to receive a living wage while in Toronto.

An additional $20,000 CAD is available for the exhibition and will be managed by the Gardiner Museum. These funds will cover any exhibition-related expenses, including but not limited to: loan fees, exhibition rights fees (CARFAC), transportation of artworks, conservation, installation, image permissions, publication, graphics and design, printing, additional equipment, etc.


The Curatorial Residency is open to Canadians who are enrolled in, or have recently graduated from a Master’s program in museum studies, curatorial studies, or art history; doctoral candidates or recent graduates in those fields (within a year of graduation); and those pursuing independent or community-based curatorial work at the early stages of their career. The residency seeks to build upon previous training and experiences while creating an opportunity for aspiring curators to enter the field. Applicants should have some demonstrated commitment to presenting visual arts in exhibition contexts, although not necessarily specific experience with ceramics.


Please download and read the full application before applying. Interested applicants are required to please submit the following:

1. Cover letter (one page) providing a narrative description of background, training, relevant curatorial work and career objectives emphasizing how the residency will help you achieve these goals.

2. CV (up to 5 pages)

3. Exhibition proposal, which should include the proposed concept and research plan with a description of the travel to be undertaken (Maximum length: 1000 words), work schedule (1 page), and budget (1 page) accounting for the full $45,000 available. Further details about the exhibition proposal and budget are explained in the full application package.

4. A writing sample from a curatorial, academic, or related project. Maximum length 4000 words.

5. A signed Agreement to Propose and Consent form (included in Appendix B of the full application package)

Please submit materials as a single digital PDF. Complete submissions must be received by the Gardiner Museum by 5 pm EST on January 31, 2022 to be considered. Incomplete submissions will be subject to disqualification. All submission materials will be retained by the Gardiner Museum. The selected applicant will be notified mid-February.

Submit complete proposals, as well as any questions, to:

Sequoia Miller, Chief Curator and Deputy Director
111 Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C7


Modern and Contemporary Gallery. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid


The Gardiner Museum wants people to experience ceramics as an art form that has enriched life for thousands of years, and as a craft that remains a vital medium for creativity. The Museum stewards an incredibly important collection, connecting visitors to the fundamental role of ceramics in many cultures throughout history, and offers special temporary displays, many highlighting the relevancy of ceramics to contemporary life. The Gardiner is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. Learn more at


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