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Oxygen Art Centre – Is looking for a Gallery Assistant.



9 week contract, 30 hours/week
Position duration: June 20, 2022 – August 19, 2022


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Gallery Assistant will assist with day-to-day arts administrative duties, as well as conduct contemporary art research to support the Exhibition & Residency program and assist with the production, installation, and implementation of exhibitions, catalogues, residencies, and adjunct educational materials.

This position is funded by Young Canada Works (YCW). Additional administration through the YCW portal will be required at the beginning and end of employment contract. Candidates are required to state their eligibility for the YCW program in their Cover Letter and/or email.

Oxygen’s Gallery Assistant will develop skills in arts administration, contemporary art research, and exhibitionary contexts. This project involves independent work and research with the opportunity to collaborate with artists and experts in the field. The Gallery Assistant will be able to focus the project to best suit their interests, aspirations, and background.
Arts Administration
The Gallery Assistant will assist with day-to-day duties at the Centre including gallery hosting, exhibition and facility maintenance, arts writing, communication, and outreach. The Gallery Assistant will directly engage with the production of an exhibition catalogue for Angela Glanzmann and Stephanie Yee’s exhibition (April 2022), assist in the run of a group exhibition entitled dig a hole in the garden(June – July 2022), and prepare and research for the forthcoming residencies and exhibitions with Lucie Chan (September – October 2022) and Tyler Wright (December 2022 – January 2023).
Contemporary Art Research
Contemporary art research regarding artists and topics explored in Oxygen’s Exhibition & Residency program will provide inspiration for the Gallery Assistant’s contemporary art research project. Developed with the Executive Director, theoretical texts, lectures, and artworks will be selected as a “reading” list.
A final report will summarize the Gallery Assistant’s research findings. This report can include creative and/or interactive aspects, should such formats be applicable to the project and candidate.

The Gallery Assistant will be responsible for communication with their supervisor, as well as liaising with fellow employees, artists, and mentors in their field of enquiry.
The ideal candidate:

  • Is enrolled in a post-secondary program in Art History, Art Education, Curatorial Studies, Visual and/or Media Arts, Museum Studies or a related discipline;
  • Demonstrates a keen interest in contemporary art and/or museum practices;
  • Is responsible, hard-working, enthusiastic, and dynamic;
  • Has a proven ability to communicate effectively.

The Gallery Assistant position is funded by the Young Canada Works program. Candidates for the position must:

  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (unfortunately, non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the fall of 2022.

 Application deadline: 16 May 2022, by 5:00 PM PST
Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume to info@oxygenartcentre.org with the subject line: “ATTN: Gallery Assistant Application.” Please include confirmation of your YCW eligibility.
Oxygen Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Learn more information about Oxygen Art Centre by visiting their website, www.oxygenartcentre.org and social media.