The Blackwood Gallery is a centre for contemporary art and research at the University of Toronto Mississauga. We respond to social, political and ecological urgencies through exhibition-led inquiries, discursive events, commissioned artistic works, performances, publishing platforms, and educational projects. We present curated exhibitions featuring the work of local, national, and international professional artists in three spaces on campus and our programming includes off-site projects and exhibitions. The Blackwood cultivates cultures of learning, provides mentorship, and facilitates professional development. We respond to diversity mandates within the Canadian art ecology and work to promote equity and inclusion through strategies of anti-oppression, feminism, and social justice. The Exhibition Coordinator is part of a tightly knit team designed to move the Blackwood Gallery forward as a leader in contemporary art, curatorial experimentation, and knowledge-production. If you’re motivated and energized by the potential for a gallery to hold together research, creation, inquiry, interaction, and conversation, consider a career with us.
The Blackwood is at a critical and exciting moment of growth and change and this position represents an opportunity to play a key role in the gallery’s future. Our leadership team provides an open, professional environment that fosters a constructive culture built on respect, goal orientation, self-motivation, accountability, and teamwork.
Under general direction of the Director/Curator and general supervision of the Assistant Curator, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating the exhibition program, digital platforms, work-study program, and facilities of the Blackwood Gallery.
Acting as the first point of contact for general inquiries
Analyzing and recommending strategies to develop targeted marketing campaigns
Maintaining information on digital platforms, collating and organizing data for various reports and editing content for grant applications.
Coordinating the installation and de-installation of exhibits and artwork
Coordinating the schedule for program and event calendars
Coordinating the recruitment process and training of work-study staff
Developing and maintaining procedures for the administration of art collections.
Determining logistical details and activities for events and/or programming.
Master’s Degree in visual arts or acceptable combination of education and experience.
Minimum three years previous art gallery experience and knowledge of contemporary art.
Experience in all areas of exhibition making in a non-profit gallery or museum context including scheduling, shipping, condition reporting, design, and determining necessary equipment, fabrication, and material needs.
Experience with all technical aspects of exhibition production including but not limited to installation, audio and video, performance-based and live actions, and new media.
Experience in coordinating efforts of casual installation techniques and training students.
Experience providing administrative support including coordinating logistics of events, scheduling meetings, maintaining information on digital platforms, databases, arranging meetings, and minute taking.
Experience compiling and archiving documentation, press, publicity and pertinent information on exhibitions and gallery programs.
Advanced knowledge of technical and aesthetic dimension of exhibition making.
Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, analyze, prioritize and make decisions through all aspects of project implementation from fabrication to installation.
Excellent knowledge of physical handling of works of art in a diversity of media.
Excellent communications (oral and written) skills.
Excellent organization and time management skills with the ability to multitask and meet strict deadlines.
Experience coordinating community outreach programs.
Capable of leading gallery tours and making presentations for diverse publics.
Supervisory experience would be an asset.
To be successful in this role you will be:
Possess a positive attitude
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
The Blackwood Gallery is a contemporary art gallery situated on the Mississauga campus of the University of Toronto. The Gallery presents curated exhibitions featuring the work of local, national, and international professional artists. In addition to its exhibition schedule, the Blackwood presents a number of special projects, including publications, public lectures, symposia, and conferences.
The Blackwood Gallery seeks to be a catalyst for current debates, and a laboratory for contemporary artistic and curatorial experiments. Through its activities, it aims to disturb preconceptions, foster discussion, and engage the intellect as well as the senses.