Curatorial and Special Programs Intern, Art Gallery of Peterborough

Job Opportunity: Curatorial and Special Programs Intern
Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (Graduates)

Location: Art Gallery of Peterborough (combination of remote and on site)
Compensation: 35 hours per week, $21.46/hr
Duration: September 25, 2023 – March 29, 2024
Application Deadline: September 11, 2023


The Art Gallery of Peterborough (AGP) is a non-profit gallery with a long history of ground-breaking exhibitions and programs. Located in the heart of the City of Peterborough, we are rooted in the Kawartha region yet reach across the nation to present and collect contemporary Canadian art. We make significant contributions to a local culture that is already rich with talented artists. We develop programs that support our exhibitions and encourage discourse through lectures, workshops, and publications. Our curatorial choices are informed by current practices, art theory, and criticism and guided by a commitment to presenting work by diverse artists. The Permanent Collection now numbers over 1,800 artworks including contemporary and historical paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, installations, photographs, and mixed media works, both Canadian and international in origin.

A recent Facility Upgrade Project (2015) included new HVAC systems, improved environmental controls, and upgrades to our vault storage systems allowing us to maintain our Category A collecting status and our ability to manage exhibitions. Through this process we were able to update records and digitize 80% of the Collection, creating new opportunities for research.

2024 is the 50th anniversary of the Art Gallery of Peterborough. The Curatorial and Special Projects Intern is integral to the full achievement of our 50th-anniversary celebrations.

Project and Job Objectives:

Though temporary, the Curatorial and Special Projects Intern (C & SP) will be quickly integrated into regular operations and special preparations for our 50th-anniversary celebrations. They will work closely with the Director, Curator, and all AGP staff during a pivotal season and focus on two special projects and one curatorial initiative: Digital Exhibition Archive Project, 50th Anniversary Oral History Project, and a 50th Anniversary Exhibition. More information about each project is available on the AGP Website.


The ideal candidate will have completed at minimum an undergraduate degree in Art History, Curatorial Practice, or a related field and a sincere interest in pursuing a career in the field. They may have also completed a graduate degree or certificate. Prior experience volunteering or working in a gallery setting will be considered an asset. As this work plan centers around three main tasks – coordination, research, and curatorial support – the ideal candidate will demonstrate experience and interest in each area. Knowledge of the current dialogues and practices in Canadian Contemporary art is a major asset.

Research and critical thinking skills from a related field of study will also be considered an asset (arts education, history, Canadian studies, Indigenous studies, cultural studies, and literature). This position requires working with a team, artists, the public, and volunteers. The successful candidate will have organizational and problem-solving skills and be computer literate.

Computer skills required: Word, Excel. Photoshop is considered an asset. Comfort with remote working software such as Zoom and Microsoft teams, experience with databases, and knowledge of media equipment such as DSLR cameras and audio recorders are also an asset.

Equity and Access:

The AGP is an equal-opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from all qualified candidates. We are committed to building an inclusive and barrier-free environment for staff, volunteers, artists, visitors, and patrons. We actively work to reflect the diversity of our community. As such, applicants will not be discriminated against for any reason, including but not limited to issues of race, creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or class.

How To Apply:

Apply by signing in through the Young Canada Works portal with a cover letter detailing your interest and suitability for the position along with a current resume or CV.

Applicants must be YCW Eligible

Full details and application available through the Young Canada works portal by clicking the following link: Curatorial and Special Programs Intern Job Description

Application Deadline: September 11, 2023

For additional information or questions, please contact:
Art Gallery of Peterborough

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Art Gallery of Peterborough
250 Crescent Street | Peterborough, Ontario | K9J 2G1
705 743 9179 | |
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm | Free admission
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