Curator

Centre A

Centre A was founded in 1999 and is Canada’s only public gallery devoted to contemporary Asian and Asian diasporic art. Our mission is to build an inclusive community for contemporary Asian art and foster a greater understanding of evolving cultural experiences and identities. We are committed to creating mentorship opportunities for emerging artists and cultural workers, while facilitating collaborations across local, national, and international contexts. Our Reading Room houses an extensive collection of books and research materials, including the Finlayson Collection of Rare Asian Art Books.

Reporting to the Executive Director, and working with the Centre A team, the Curator will develop and oversee the artistic programming of the organization. This is an ideal opportunity for an early career curator to build a network and craft their voice. The role will include research, grant writing, program development, as well as day-to-day gallery operations. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in meaningful collaboration with diverse communities and promote progressive cultural conversations across a wide range of Asian artistic practices.

The successful candidate will be creative, resourceful, and passionate about the artistic and community engagement opportunities offered by Centre A’s location in the Sun Wah Centre, a former retail mall.

Contract term: one-year

Start date: June 4, 2019

Compensation: $21.00/hour, 21 hours/week

Responsibilities

Work collaboratively with the Centre A team to plan, budget and execute exhibition programming

Develop and implement exhibition-related public programs

Develop meaningful partnerships related to exhibitions and public programs

Oversee and support the installation of exhibitions

Develop curatorial statements and public-facing exhibition materials including didactics, press releases, and marketing copy

Lead efforts to secure financial resources for the execution of exhibitions through a combination of grants, sponsorships, and donations

Provide guidance and mentorship to interns and volunteers

Work with the fundraising committee on development initiatives

Develop and maintain positive relationships with artists, collectors, donors, and other stakeholders

Collaborate with key stakeholders to advance Centre A’s mission, values, and strategic plan

Requirements

MA, MFA or equivalent in art history, cultural studies, arts management, arts administration or related degree preferred

2-3 years of curatorial experience or equivalent combination of training and experience within the arts

Demonstrated commitment to contemporary Asian art and its concerns

Understanding of working in progressive and grassroots cultural spaces with members of different communities

Demonstrated aptitude or success in grant writing

Superior organizational and administrative skills, detail-oriented focus and the ability to manage multiple priorities

Proven ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing

Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills to represent the organization

Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively at all levels of operation in a fast-paced environment

Knowledge of one or more Asian languages is a strong asset

Flexibility to work occasional weekends and evenings

A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is an asset

How to Apply

To apply, please send materials in a single PDF with your name and the position in the title, in the following order to hr@centrea.org: a cover letter, CV, two reference contacts, and two writing samples.

Review of applications will begin on May 8, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. We thank you in advance for your interest, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Centre A is located in Vancouver’s Chinatown on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. We are committed to equity and inclusion and encourage applications from members of underrepresented and marginalized groups, including but not limited to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, and/or disability.

Posted on April 26