Director/Curator, Artspeak

Exterior documentation of Christian Nyampeta’s exhibition In the Meantime, March 3–April 21, 2018. Photo: Blaine Campbell.


Terms: Full-time, permanent
Start Date: June 1, 2022
Hours: 35 hours/week
Salary: $56,000 per annum + benefits
Deadline for Applications: March 4, 2022

Artspeak is a leading Canadian artist-run centre established in 1986. Artspeak is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ First Nations, also known as Vancouver. The mandate of the gallery is to exhibit contemporary art and to encourage a dialogue between visual art and writing. Artspeak actively contributes to our cultural communities through our commitment to artists producing challenging, innovative work in diverse media, our affiliation with arts and cultural organizations, and the public interest we generate in contemporary art. Throughout our history, Artspeak has played a significant role in addressing the historical, social, and intellectual conditions of contemporary visual and language arts production from the West Coast and beyond. Artspeak is a registered non-profit organization.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Director/Curator is responsible for establishing the artistic leadership and vision for the organization, building on Artspeak’s strong engagement with the arts community. The Director/Curator assumes full responsibility for the development and implementation of Artspeak’s artistic program. The ideal candidate should demonstrate curatorial innovation and a capacity to develop a diverse program of exhibitions, publication projects, and accompanying public events. The Director/Curator is also an adept manager, able to oversee the financial administration and the day-to-day operations of the centre, including researching and executing fundraising initiatives with the support of the Board of Directors, and maintaining strong relationships with public and private partners.

The Director/Curator is an individual with a wide range of skills and interests who can demonstrate an active knowledge of contemporary art, writing, and culture. Our ideal candidate is committed to working in a context that challenges established formats of presentation and support for visual art and writing. The initiatives promoted by the gallery demand a self-directed leader who is organized, forward thinking and path breaking, dedicated to a collaborative approach to building relationships, and responsive to changing contexts. We are looking for someone who expresses high cultural competency and a dedication to fostering a strong sense of community.

(Attached: Schedule A_Director-Curator Job Description-2022 PDF)

  • Responsible for overseeing Artspeak’s organizational planning, day-to-day operations, and artistic programming
  • Curating all Artspeak artistic programming, and/or working with guest curators, artists and writers; conceiving of and editing Artspeak publications
  • Working closely with artists in the development of exhibitions, including shipping, travel, insurance and equipment needs
  • Managing and working closely with Artspeak staff, interns, volunteers, arts workers, and contractors; overseeing hiring, training, and mentorship
  • Creating and administering the annual budget; keeping accurate books; working with an accountant and auditor in the preparation of monthly and yearly statements of revenues and expenditures
  • Ensuring the operation of the gallery through successful grant applications from municipal, provincial, and federal governments, as well as foundations and other private sources
  • Assisting the Board of Directors in reviewing policy, operational planning, organizational development, and fundraising campaigns
  • Working with the Board to coordinate Board of Directors meetings, Annual General Meetings, retreats, board recruitment, and fundraising campaigns

Constantina Zavitsanos and Amalle Dublon’s workshop, during Valentina Desideri and Denise Ferreira da Silva’s project Sensing Salon, November 24–December 16, 2017. Photo: Artspeak.


  • An advanced degree or equivalent experience in visual arts, art history, or curatorial studies
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in the administration of an art gallery or other cultural institution
  • Exemplary knowledge of contemporary art practices and an understanding of the ethos and history of the Canadian artist-run centre culture
  • Experience developing and administering curatorial and publication projects
  • Strong organizational and management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven track record in financial management and planning
  • Successful grant writing experience with the ability to develop further fundraising opportunities
  • Proficiency in Mac OSX, Microsoft Office, and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat), WordPress, Filemaker Pro, Campaign Monitor, and social media tools
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends

Extended dental and medical benefits available after the three-month probationary period is complete. One month paid vacation during the summer period when the gallery is closed in August. An additional 14 days holiday time will be granted during the December/January holiday period. Paid statutory holidays.

Given the principles of support of the professional practice of artist-run centre staff, Artspeak shall endeavour to be flexible to allow for the continuation of professional practice. This shall be determined in consultation with the Board of Directors. Travel costs as the budget allows.

Artspeak is committed to equity and diversity within our organization to reflect the diversity of the communities that we are part of. We encourage applications from individuals who identify among or belong to communities of Indigenous people, Black people, racialized people, people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQI+ non-binary/gender non-conforming people. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applications should include a brief letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and two references with contact details. Deadline for application is 4:00pm PST on March 4, 2022. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by March 14, 2022.
Please send applications by email to

We will contact shortlisted candidates for an interview, with a request to provide two writing samples (an exhibition text, essay, or a review) and a brief statement about your curatorial vision, along with 5 images of a recently completed project.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Artspeak Gallery conducts most of its meetings virtually. Artspeak Gallery’s offices and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. If you have specific questions relating to the accessibility of our online or physical spaces, or about any aspect of the application process, please email

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