Art Curator – Indigenous Art In Canada
Cuso International
Ottawa, ON
Location Ottawa, Ontario

Start Date Sept – Oct 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6 Months (part-time)

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

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The Volunteer’s Role

Are you an excellent writer with a passion for storytelling? Do you have a background in art history with expertise in Indigenous art in Canada? If so, this unique opportunity might be perfect for you.

The Wabano Centre is seeking an experienced researcher and writer to bring the stories of their impressive art collection to life. With over 60 pieces, the Wabano art collection is composed of a range of traditional and contemporary pieces that represent artists from coast to coast. In this role, you will advance the knowledge and understanding of this collection by creating descriptions for 20 pieces of art, from a variety of artists. Additionally, you will work directly with the Wabano Centre to develop a presentable format of all catalogued information for visitors and the general public.

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is an award-winning Health Access Centre that provides holistic health services to First Nation, Inuit and Métis people living in Ottawa - one of the fastest growing and diverse urban Indigenous communities in Canada. In order to support health and well-being, Wabano offers a full medical clinic, mental health clinic, community and cultural programs along with community outreach to provide a place that people can call home. Additionally, Wabano is a major architectural landmark in the Nation’s capital. The magnificent structure, designed by world-renowned Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal, is a 25,000 square foot complex that hosts a wide arrange of events including community programs and activities, cultural symposiums, fundraisers that feature Indigenous entertainment, educational sessions, and the annual Igniting the Spirit Gala. From delicious Indigenous inspired catering and beautiful artwork to functional boardrooms, meeting areas and the stunning beauty of the Grand Gathering Space, Wabano the heart, identity and expression of Indigenous people in the city of Ottawa.

The ideal candidate for this position is an individual with advanced research and writing skills, a completed post-secondary program in art history or another relevant field, and experience working as a curator in a museum, gallery or similar setting. If you meet these qualifications, please apply today to share your skills!

As a volunteer, you will:
  • Carry out research to advance knowledge and understanding of collection;
  • Develop accurate and engaging descriptions of collection pieces;
  • Catalogue information and descriptions for future projects
  • Work collaboratively with graphic artist to create presentable format of descriptions for public audience.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in art history, with expertise in Indigenous Canadian art. MA or PhD would be considered an asset.
Essential Professional Background:
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and commitment to meeting deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools.