Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations Summer Positions
at the Art Gallery of York University

 

The AGYU is looking for two students for summer positions at the gallery. These positions are dependent on funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage Young Canada Works program. We will update all applicants on the status of our grant application when we have the results.

Deadline to apply will be no sooner than April 20, with adjustments to the timeline dependent upon notification of funding and the situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

AGYU Digital Collections Assistant
Duration: 2020-05-04 to 2020-08-21
Hourly wage: $17.00

The Art Gallery of York University is seeking an enthusiastic and creative individual with a strong knowledge of contemporary visual art to be our Young Canada Works Summer Digital Collections Assistant from May 4th through August 21, 2020. This full-time position (40hrs/week) is remunerated at $17/hour. The candidate will be undergraduate or graduate students from an arts-related field (art history, visual arts, museum studies, cultural studies, communications, or related discipline) who will be returning to school in the Fall of 2020. The applicant must have excellent verbal and written communications skills in English, research and organizational skills, and experience with various computer applications. Self-motivating initiative will be expected. Working with gallery staff and university employees, the candidate will undertake and implement a range of activities relating to the functioning of a contemporary gallery, including duties related to the maintenance, management, and care of our permanent collection of art.

The Digital Collections Assistant will assist with updating and uploading the AGYU’s collections into a searchable database. This facilitation engages aspects of art collecting at an institutional level, including research, writing, website creation, and database management. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in gaining hands-on experience in contemporary art institutional practices and the processes, protocols and best practices related to the development, management, and care of an art collection. The skills and knowledge obtained will greatly increase the candidates marketability in the non-profit sector in general, providing particular skills with art collections in all its complexities from storage to public access; archiving and database management; and art-writing skills and knowledge in designing and maintaining a website database.

 

AGYU Registrar Assistant
Duration: 2020-05-04 to 2020-08-21
Hourly wage: $17.00

The Art Gallery of York University is seeking an enthusiastic and creative individual with a strong knowledge of contemporary visual art to be our Young Canada Works Summer Registrar Assistant from May 4th through August 21, 2020. This full-time position (40hrs/week) is remunerated at $17/hour. The candidate will be undergraduate or graduate students from an arts-related field (art history, visual arts, museum studies, cultural studies, communications or related discipline) who intends to return to school in the Fall of 2020. The applicant must have excellent verbal and written communications skills in English, research and organizational skills, and experience with various computer applications. Self-motivating initiative will be expected. Working with gallery staff and visiting artists, the candidate will undertake and implement a range of activities relating to the functioning of a contemporary gallery, including duties related to the maintenance, management and care of our permanent collection of art.

The Registrar Assistant is to assist with caretaking of the AGYU’s collections. This facilitation engages aspects of art collecting at an institutional level, including assessing security and maintenance of an art collection while also researching, writing, and presenting on a collection of art. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in gaining hands-on experience in contemporary art institutional practices and the processes, protocols, and best practices related to the development, management, and care of an art collection. The skills and knowledge obtained will greatly increase the interns’ marketability in the non-profit sector in general, providing particular skills with art collections in all its complexities from storage to public access; with conservation, restoration, and archiving; and art-writing skills and knowledge by writing descriptions of some of the collected works.

 

FOR BOTH POSITIONS

 Relevant Skills:

  • student of art history, museum studies, visual arts and/or communications at the undergraduate or post-graduate level
  • working knowledge of contemporary visual art
  • proficiency in computer skills in administrative programs (Word, Excel); collection database systems (Filemaker Pro); image editing, and layout programs (Photoshop; Illustrator, InDesign); and web applications
  • excellent verbal and written communications skills (English)
  • creative and enthusiastic
  • strong planning and organizational skills

YCW-HO Qualifications:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works work assignment;
  • have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment; and
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment.

To apply:
Application packages should include a short statement of career intent, a current CV, and a cover letter indicating why you wish to work for a contemporary art gallery. All applicants must qualify for the YCW program (see youngcanadaworks.ca for all necessary qualifications). Applications that do not include cover letter, CV, and career intent will not be considered. Please indicate which position you are applying for in your package.

Digital applications (PDFs in a single document) are preferred. Please register on the Young Canada Works website before applying for these positions. https://young-canada-works.canada.ca/Account/Login

Applications may be sent in care of:
Art Gallery of York University
Attn: Allyson Adley, Collections Manager / Education Assistant
M04, Accolade East Bldg
4700 Keele St
Toronto ON M3J 1P3
aadley@yorku.ca

AGYU is a socially progressive public non-profit contemporary art gallery, affiliated and supported by York University, as well as key funders including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, foundations, embassies, other cultural institutions and through our membership. For more information on our student enrichment programs, please see http://AGYU.art/student-engagement/

HOURS
Monday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday closed
Sunday noon – 5 pm

Always free

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Art Gallery of York University
Keele Campus, Accolade East Building
Toronto ON M3J 1P3
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DIRECTIONS

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CONTACTING THE GALLERY

416-736-5169

agyu@yorku.ca

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