Part-time Gallery Assistant, Aurora Culture Centre

Gallery Assistant – Part Time
Aurora Culture Centre

Join the hardworking and dedicated team delivering exciting arts and culture programs and activities to our community – and beyond. Reporting to the Gallery Manager, the Gallery Assistant supports the gallery program at the Aurora Cultural Centre, including acting as lead for the Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts exhibition.

At the Aurora Cultural Centre, we believe that arts, culture, and heritage can play a role in changing our world and our community. We proudly program four vibrant gallery exhibition spaces, a range of instructional classes for children, teens and adults, an eclectic live music series, special family events and summer arts camps. This part-time position requires the successful candidate to be available for 750 hours over the calendar year with flexibility for daytime, evenings, and weekend hours to support gallery education and events. Hours are calculated based on 15 hours per week for 50 weeks of the year.

Context and Summary

The Aurora Cultural Centre operates out of a restored 1886 schoolhouse in a small community north of Toronto. The facility houses four purpose-built professional galleries curated by the Aurora Cultural Centre. Town of Aurora is engaged in a significant cultural infrastructure project called Aurora Town Square to complete an addition to the schoolhouse and add cultural amenities. The new facility is set to open in 2023.

We are currently operating offsite due to the cultural infrastructure project. The Town renovated an existing gallery space at Town Hall to allow us to continue gallery programming during the project.

Guided by the Aurora Cultural Centre’s current vision and mandate, history, and a need to meet programming in a diversity of genres and to all age groups, the Gallery Manager builds the artistic vision for the gallery programs, supported by the Gallery Assistant. The gallery programs include 5-10 gallery exhibitions (both live and digital – number of exhibits is location dependent), digital ‘Art Bytes’, and in person visits, educational programs, and artist receptions.

The successful candidate would be responsible for the following:

  • organize the Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts exhibit; working with the schools and other stakeholders to ensure the exhibit is a success;
  • organize artist(s) information for exhibitions as required, including: planned artwork details, pricing (if applicable), artist(s) bio, statement and imagery plus any logistical details required for a successful install and exhibition;
  • support all digital gallery activities as required;
  • order and install vinyl designs for each exhibition;
  • create and install labels, didactic panels, signage and binder information for each exhibition;
  • install and light each exhibition;
  • support creation of catalogs where required;
  • assist in content creation for social media per exhibition/artist;
  • support gallery educational events virtually or in-person;
  • provide support for exhibition tear down, as required;
  • support entry to gallery exhibit based on current COVID restrictions and protocols which can include checking vaccination status, assisting with screening questions, supporting timed-entry bookings, ensuring masking requirements are met, and any other protocols in place;
  • research artists or art practices as requested;
  • assist with gallery programs and art exhibitions in any capacity required;
  • other duties as assigned.

Education

  • Minimum 2–3-year Community College Degree/Diploma in General Arts
  • Specific training in fine arts an asset
  • Curatorial studies an asset

Experience

  • Minimum 1-3 years experience in a previous related role; experience in non-traditional/informal gallery settings welcome. If you can connect your experience to the role, we welcome your application
  • Experience working directly in fine arts an asset
  • Experience with different artistic genres, themes, ethnic representation, and visual arts disciplines an asset

Skills

We recognize that this position is a support position, and the applicant may not have all these skills upon application. We welcome a growth mindset is required to grow into the skills for the role.

  • Presentation skills/public speaking
  • Coaching (for mentorship of students)
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, and strong organizational skills
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills (written and verbal)
  • Sensitivity and diplomacy
  • Ability to work in a virtual setting individually and as part of a team
  • Ability to maintain project schedule and fulfill demanding deadlines
  • Gallery production related skills (signage, hanging, lighting etc)
  • Troubleshooting skills

How will you create impact?

  • By bringing fresh, dynamic ideas to the table
  • By contributing to the team with a strong and thoughtful work ethic
  • By sharing your knowledge of current trends to help influence the outcomes

How will you fit into the team?

  • Being outgoing and adaptable
  • A resilient and flexible personality as plans can change from day-to-day
  • You are a consummate professional and can represent the Aurora Cultural Centre not just creatively but also in experience, insight, and attitude.

Deadline to Apply: September 9, 2022

Salary:

Salary Range: $18/hour
Part time positions also are eligible for statutory pay for 14 holidays based on ESA calculated hours.

The Aurora Cultural Centre is committed to racial justice and reconciliation, and values diverse voices that reflect the communities we serve. We encourage Persons with Disabilities, Black, Indigenous, other racialized candidates and/or candidates from the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to apply for this position.

Location:

The Aurora Cultural Centre is committed to adhere to public health safety guidelines for our employees and families, and all team members continue to work remotely. For 2022, this position requires the Gallery Assistant to work from home and in person in venues for gallery installations/activations and public visits. Upon return to our venue in Aurora Town Square, this position is required onsite.

Additional information:

All Aurora Cultural Centre employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. A criminal record search will be required of the successful candidate, at their own expense, that is acceptable to the Aurora Cultural Centre.

How to apply:

Please email a resume and covering letter to Samantha Jones, Gallery Manager Samantha@auroraculturalcentre.ca with Gallery Assistant in the Subject Line.

We are committed to providing a workplace that is inclusive and accessible to all. Should you require accommodation during the staffing process, please do not hesitate to contact us at 905-713-1818 or info@auroraculturalcentre.ca