Curator, Textile Museum Of Canada

ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᔪᒻᒪᕆᒃ Double Vision: Jessie Oonark, Janet Kigusiuq, and Victoria Mamnguqsualuk. Photo by Darren Rigo.

The Textile Museum Of Canada Seeks A Curator For A Senior Level Opportunity


This is a senior level opportunity to grow with the Textile Museum of Canada and implement a new artistic vision for the Museum’s future. The Curator is head of the curatorial program and is key to enhancing the Museum’s profile in Canada and internationally. They will be responsible for establishing and driving the artistic direction, articulated in a unique positioning of the Museum through exhibitions, programming and the collection, and in representing the organization as a prominent public ambassador and advocate.

The Curator reports to the Director and CEO and is part of a collaborative leadership team and integral in building the Strategic Plan for the future of the institution.

In collaboration with their team members, the Curator will develop the long-term exhibition planning schedule. In its implementation they will manage program and exhibition staff and contractors, as well as project staff hired through grants to support artistic efforts and activities related to exhibitions and programs. They will participate in the development and ongoing review of institutional policies pertinent to all aspects of collection and curatorial activities, education programs, and human resources.


Curatorial (40%)

  • Provides artistic direction with a goal to realize the research potential of the collection through innovative exhibitions, publications, and collaborations, which will express a diverse range of artistic practices, identities, and experiences.
  • Oversees and approves programming, and ensures that onsite and digital engagement of communities with the global collection and exhibitions enliven visitors’ experiences and are accessible to audiences of all ages, abilities and identities.
  • Curates, co-curates, or assigns internal or guest curators for all exhibitions developed.
  • Researches and develops original exhibition concepts and content for potential shows they wish to curate, and oversees development from concept to installation.
  • Procures suitable touring exhibitions as fitting to artistic direction as part of exhibition planning schedule, and contracts associated guest curators and artists where applicable.
  • Builds in flexibility in smaller Textile Learning Hub exhibit spaces for installations that respond promptly to current issues of relevance to the audiences of the Textile Museum of Canada.
  • Oversees exhibition related materials including any funded publications.
  • Develops and identifies funding for a new BIPOC curatorial incubator program.
  • Provides input on acquisitions to the collection and participates on the Collection Development Advisory Committee.
  • Acts as the primary curatorial resource to staff and for the public, playing a leadership and ambassadorial role on behalf of the Museum in Canada and internationally.
  • Builds links with galleries and museums at the provincial, national, and international level, and presents at conferences, and participation in panels and lectures for the Museum and partners.

Exhibitions (30%)

  • Develops strategic long-term schedules for all exhibitions and related programs with considerations of contemporary relevance, audience growth, and mission.
  • They will collaborate closely with their direct report, the Senior Curator and Manager of Collection, on plans in the permanent collection gallery for exhibitions, and community engagement.
  • Ensures consultation of staff, works closely to guide, and support the Exhibition and Collection Coordinator, and owns implementation of the overall schedule.
  • Liaises with other institutions, collectors, artists, and experts to further strengthen the Museum’s reputation and ensure we are an exhibition partner of choice.
  • Leads exhibition interpretation plans with the support of programming and education team.
  • Oversees freelance installation staff requirements and assesses best use of time for best ROI.
  • Manages strategic relationships, including with partners, stakeholders, donors, and funders, and strengthens community links and interest in exhibitions.

Administration (30%)

  • Supervises a team providing constructive guidance and annual performance appraisals.
  • Oversees contracts for related freelancers and suppliers.
  • Manages external communication in response to general queries, media, artists, and curatorial submissions
  • Writes and reports on all aspects related to exhibition activities for all grant applications including to the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Department of Canadian Heritage, City of Toronto, and others as required.
  • Develops the description of exhibitions for fundraising proposals and assists with cultivation of donors and sponsors.
  • Delivers tours, talks and other content for a variety of stakeholder groups.
  • Manages all department budgets and invoices and contracts.
  • Contributes to the implementation of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan.
  • Attends Board of Directors, and Committees as relevant to the role.


  • Reports to the Director and CEO
  • Direct Reports:
    ◦  Senior Curator and Manager of Collection
    ◦  Exhibitions and Collection Coordinator (dotted line with Senior Curator)
    ◦  Head of Public Programs and Outreach
    ◦  Freelance exhibition installation specialists
    ◦  Freelance exhibit designers
    ◦  Guest Curators
  • Indirect Reports:
    ◦  Conservator and Assistant Registrar


  1. A graduate degree and an active scholarly professional practice conducting primary research in an applicable (textile preferred) field.
  2. 5+ years of professional curatorial experience.
  3. Substantial contacts in the field and in the arts and culture sector in general, as related to research, programming and outreach efforts.
  4. An intercultural skill set to effectively work with a diverse group of staff, artists and community members, and history of engagement with LGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC communities.
  5. Museum/Gallery experience in exhibition management, development, and interpretation.
  6. Demonstrable experience in project management, grant writing, budget management.
  7. Clarity of communication skills including presentations, talks and writing/publishing.
  8. Respectful and productive interpersonal relations in managing staff to bring empathy to work relationships and purpose to roles.


  • $76,000 per annum, paid biweekly
  • A comprehensive health and dental benefits package
  • 2 weeks of paid vacation to start
  • 10 paid sick days per year
  • 5 paid personal days per year
  • Hybrid work model

Application Deadline: Open until position is filled

For full details and how to apply please visit our website.

Textile Museum of Canada
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Toronto, ON M5G 2H5
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Wednesday – 11am to 8pm
Thursday to Saturday – 11am to 6pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm | Accessibility
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