Storyteller, Toronto Biennial of Art



About TBA

The Toronto Biennial of Art’s mission is to make international contemporary art available to everyone. For 10 weeks every two years, local and international artists transform Toronto and surrounding regions with artworks, talks, and performances that reflect local contexts and pressing issues of our time. The Biennial’s free, citywide programs aim to inspire individuals, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations from a variety of perspectives. The next Toronto Biennial of Art takes place from March 26–June 5, 2022.

For detailed information on the impact of the first Biennial, please read the 2019 Evaluation Report. TBA is committed to transparency and to principles of anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and inclusion and is putting these principles into practice at all levels of the organization. Please see TBA’s recent Statements of Accountability for more information.

Position Overview

Job Title: Storyteller, Public Programming & Learning
Role Type: Part Time Contract, set dates, with regular weekend hours and evening shifts as needed
Location: Various TBA exhibition sites in Toronto and Mississauga
Contract Length: March 23-June 6, 2022: minimum 12 hrs/week (with the possibility of additional hours depending on need per location)
Pay: $200 fee for independent preparation and research, $30/hour for all training, workshops, walkthroughs, and Storytelling sessions
Application Deadline: February 11, 2022

The Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) Storytelling program is seeking multiple Storytellers from Toronto and Mississauga to mediate contemporary art through modes of interpreting, informing, narrating and embodying. Comprising a series of guided sessions, spot tours, and conversations with visitors, the Storytelling program will engage intergenerational audiences with the artworks and contexts around TBA 2022 to ensure enriching visitor experiences.

As part of their guided tours, Storytellers are invited to develop personal responses – grounded in artistic practice if applicable – to the Biennial in relation to questions and perspectives surfacing from the exhibition works and sites; these responses may include facilitated conversations, activities, or workshops according to Covid protocols, readings, performances, and more. At designated times during the week and on weekends, visiting schools, community groups, families, and members of the public will be invited to learn through the many voices and languages that Storytellers bring.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Attend all training sessions (see details under “Desired availability”).
  • Research TBA exhibition content and artworks to inform Storytelling sessions (guided tours and spot tours) and facilitate meaningful engagement with visitors within the exhibition spaces.
  • Develop and conduct dynamic Storytelling sessions and spot tours for varied groups of intergenerational visitors, depending on Storyteller’s interests, experiences, and practice.
  • Mediate complex conversations that may arise from exhibition content with visitors, using sensitivity and care, as addressed in the Training & Workshops.
  • Work closely with the Public Programming and Learning team to keep track of scheduling, reporting and feedback.

Desired availability:

  • Training for 3 days in March 2022 (exact dates to be confirmed):
    ◦  Anti-Oppression & Deescalation Training
    ◦  Exhibition Research & Walkthroughs
    ◦  Group Facilitation & Mediation Methodology Sessions
  • Weekly Storytelling sessions including weekend shifts at various TBA exhibition sites in Toronto and Mississauga, totalling a minimum of 12 hours per week per Storyteller.
  • Additional private tours on an as-needed basis.

Desired qualifications:

  • Approaches all work with a commitment to anti-oppression and equity.
  • Strong interest in contemporary art, collective learning, education, and social justice. Writers or artists with their own practice are considered an asset.
  • Experience in working with intergenerational groups of various life stages and backgrounds, with attention, sensitivity and care. Experience working with elementary school children and youth is an asset.
  • Strong time management and self-organization skills.
  • Proficiency in English is an asset. The capacity to conduct Storytelling sessions in multiple languages and/or ASL interpretation is very welcome.
  • Openness to experimentation in mediation and group facilitation techniques.
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide proof of vaccination to finalize engagement as Storytellers.
  • Up to date Vulnerable Sector Screening may be required.

To Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Storyteller, Public Programming & Learning” by February 11, 2022. Please indicate where you saw this posting. Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Toronto Biennial of Art is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all of our work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and welcome applications from all qualified individuals. We encourage those who identify as women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, persons of colour, individuals of non-conforming gender and sexual orientations, and all groups protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code to apply. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to Toronto Biennial of Art.


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