Gallery Director/Curator, Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange

Lisa Neighbour, Eye on The Square, 1994. Photograph by Bradley Southam, 2017.

Gallery Director/Curator (Full-Time Permanent)
Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange

Posting #22-10x

Cambridge Art Galleries’ operates within a public library setting which contributes significantly to high attendance and results in many community-based collaborative projects and events. The gallery has the unique opportunity of engaging with many families, youth, Canadian newcomers, seniors, and the broader community on a daily basis. Cambridge Art Galleries’ mandate is to serve our regional and broader communities through the delivery of contemporary art programs which foster critical cultural dialogue. Our artistic activities engage, embrace, and empower people of all ages and abilities from diverse ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds. We promote and support emerging and professional artists, advocate for the advancement of the creative sector, and we actively acquire, conserve, exhibit, and evolve the context of our permanent collection of contemporary Canadian fibre art.

We are seeking a dynamic Gallery Director/Curator who is experienced in public art gallery administration, grant writing, exhibition and collection development, contemporary art, and community engagement. We are searching for someone who is passionate about our mandate and who has a proven track record for advancing contemporary art through accessible formats.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Gallery Director/Curator supervises gallery staff and is supported by the Idea Exchange outreach, promotions, IT, HR, finance and custodial departments. This position is responsible for leading the gallery team in the development and implementation of programs and exhibitions. The Gallery Director/Curator oversees the gallery budget and provides regular forecasting for projects, exhibitions, and administrative expenses; writes and oversees operating and project grant applications, including for Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council; and continuously strive to align their creative directions with funder priorities and established organizational directives.

The Gallery Director/Curator works with artists to support exhibition production and development, secure agreements with artists and/or lending institutions, coordinate exhibition contracts/ loan agreements, design and prepare the overall installation and de-installation plan for each exhibition, and manage the development of exhibition publications, contributing curatorial essays where appropriate.

This position works with a team to develop and implement strategies, programs, and promotions, that strive for deeper public engagement and seeks to understand the needs of the communities we serve and to work with those communities to cultivate positive relationships and meaningful, enriching, creative collaborations.

The successful candidate will be committed to working with Indigenous artists, leaders, and Traditional Knowledge Keepers towards the advancement of Truth & Reconciliation. They will also be committed to working with artists and persons of varying backgrounds including deaf/blind and disability, visible minorities, seniors, and new generation and/or emerging artists.

In addition to this, the Gallery Director/Curator is responsible for overseeing the care, documentation, exhibition, and conservation of the contemporary fibre art collection. The position supports the development and delivery of collection-based educational and community engagement programs; working with the Art Collection Committee, supports the development of policy, mandate, strategy, and long-range planning; and researches and creates formal proposals for the acquisition of art objects for the collection as well as conducts research on the works in the collection and coordinates the loan of collection art works to other museums, institutions, or traveling exhibitions.

Our ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • University degree in fine art or art history
  • Approximately 3-5 years of director/management experience in a public art gallery setting
  • A valid driver’s license and willingness to drive to locations
  • Knowledge of health and safety in accordance with the Employment Act and Occupational Health & Safety Regulations
  • Demonstrated skill in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, collection management software, and dexterity with diverse media used in exhibitions
  • Proven track record applying for provincial and federal operating grants
  • Thorough knowledge of current practices in the handling of art
  • Demonstrated ability to design inventive projects and exhibitions
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, artists, partners, and funders
  • Exceptional ability to express ideas effectively, orally and in writing
  • High level of professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality related to Gallery exhibitions, collections, partners, funders, and operations
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to guide and support staff to achieve identified goals

This is a full-time, permanent position where you will work 70 hours in a bi-weekly period. The salary for this position ranges from $90,475 to $109,982 (compensation commensurate to experience) with health and dental benefits as well as immediate participation in OMERS pension.

Please apply by April 11, 2022 to:

Megan Lynn, HR Manager
Idea Exchange
1 North Square, Cambridge, Ontario, N1S 2K6

Please quote “22-10x Gallery Director/Curator” in your subject line

A vulnerable police records clearance and/or criminal background check may be required as a condition of employment.

Idea Exchange has a COVID-19 Vaccine Policy and Program which requires all new hires to provide sufficient proof of full immunization against COVID-19 or have a valid medical and/or religious exemption. Should you require further information regarding the Policy, Program or requirements during the hiring process, please contact Human Resources.

We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Please note that this position is open to both internal and external candidates.