[artinfo] CURATOR OPENING - The Banff Centre

Andreas Broeckmann abroeck at transmediale.de
Fri Jul 30 00:31:39 CEST 2004

   08. CURATOR OPENING ‚ The Banff Centre

The Walter Phillips Gallery is one of Canada¼s leading public art
galleries for contemporary art with an international reputation.  It is
uniquely located within the Visual Arts department of The Banff Centre,
in the context of an active artist residency program and in association
with the Banff International Curatorial Institute.  Research in
contemporary art and curatorial studies is the gallery¼s primary
activity, from which it derives a range of activities:  exhibitions,
publications, symposia, lectures, performances, screenings and a
significant collection of over 1,400 works.

An active exhibition program of at least six exhibitions a year,
touring exhibitions and other programs are created by the Director,
Curator and contract staff, featuring research and work from the artist
residency programs at the Centre and other work of national and
international significance.  The gallery has a permanent staff of 6
with contract and work study positions, and an annual budget of
approximately $725,000.

The gallery operates a dedicated exhibition space of 325.5 square
metres and is responsible for the display of work across the Banff
Centre campus.

The Banff International Curatorial Institute is a unique division of
the department which provides professional development and research
opportunities for professional and emerging curators, artists and
writers through annual symposia, publications and other activities.

Curator ‚ Position
Collaborating with the Director, Visual Arts & Walter Phillips Gallery,
the Curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery for contemporary art,
develops and implements all gallery programs and projects.  This
requires originating, researching and developing annual exhibitions,
performances, screenings, publications, special events, and related
educational programs.  The incumbent plays a key role in researching
and securing appropriate external funding support for Gallery activity.

Liaises closely with the Visual Arts residency programs, augmenting the
activities of the overall Visual Arts department.  The Curator develops
and maintains a strong curatorial workstudy program in the gallery,
providing leadership and mentorship to the participants on an ongoing

Develops the program and research role of the Banff International
Curatorial Institute, leading the implementation of these initiatives.

This position carries day-to-day responsibility for the leadership of
gallery activity and budget management, as well as for the
administration, registration and logistical coordination of all gallery
and related programs.   Responsibility also includes a permanent
collection of approximately 1,400 objects.


Ä Proven track record of innovative projects in contemporary art. Areas
of specialization may include, but are not limited to, Aboriginal art,
new media, popular culture/visual culture or curatorial studies within
contemporary art context. Gallery and curatorial institute initiatives
pay special attention to the social contexts of art.
Ä A minimum of 3-5 years experience in a public art gallery or
Ä Supervisory experience required.
Ä Track record of successful grant writing and fundraising.
Ä Experience in a post-secondary educational institution in an
instructor or administrative capacity is an asset.
Ä MA, MFA or equivalent experience/education in studio art, art
history, visual culture, curatorial studies or related discipline.
Ä Collection management experience an asset.
Ä Excellent writing and public speaking ability
Ä 2nd language an asset due to highly international environment.
Ä Applicants must submit two writing samples or publications, a CV and
names of three references.

To apply for this opportunity, please contact:

Dana Tremblay
Recruiting Manager
The Banff Centre
Phone: 403.762.6173
E-mail; dana_tremblay at banffcentre.ca

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