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Grenfell Art Gallery

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Curatorial Assistant (YCW Program CMA)

This is a Young Canada Works position through Heritage Organizations. All applicants must register and meet the eligibility requirements at in order to apply.

Applications due: Thursday, May 21, 2020, 5:00 PM NST


PLEASE NOTE: the Curatorial Assistant position and associated dates are subject to NL Provincial Health Authority recommendations surrounding COVID-19 and the resulting closure of Grenfell Campus. This position will be adapted to meet the changing conditions of current public health measures and may involve in person and remote work. If COVID-19 restrictions delays the completion of contract hours during the summer, the position may be extended to part-time during the fall.


Gallery Mandate:

Grenfell Art Gallery is a public art gallery located on the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University in the city of Corner Brook on the picturesque coast of Western Newfoundland. As Memorial University's art gallery and the only gallery in Newfoundland and Labrador focused solely on the visual arts, Grenfell Art Gallery cultivates a generative engagement with art and art history through a year-round program of exhibitions and outreach activities that are accessible, relevant, and experimental. As an educational resource for the Visual Arts Program, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University and the public gallery for Corner Brook and the Western Newfoundland region the gallery engages in collaborative partnerships with like-minded local, regional, national and international artists, organizations and institutions.     

Position Duties:

Due to closure of Grenfell Campus as a result of Public Health measures the Curatorial Assistant will be expected to initially work from home during regular office hours, with supervision and direction provided by digital means. The Curatorial Assistant will meet regularly with Grenfell Art Gallery staff in digital space, and will be provided with the necessary materials to fulfill their job responsibilities while initially working remotely.


The Curatorial Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Producing content and contributing to the development of Grenfell Art Gallery's digital platforms for ongoing and upcoming outreach and public program activities;
  • Support the development of content-rich posts for multiple social media platforms;
  • Assist with development of communications scheduling for all programs and publications including website and social media outreach updating the collections database;
  • the ongoing digitization and documentation of the collection;
  • supporting curatorial activity including exhibition takedown and installations, and exhibition development;
  • and once reopened supporting the daily operations of the gallery. 


The successful candidate will possess the following:


  • training in and a passion for the visual arts;  
  • be currently enrolled in full-time studies at a Visual Arts, Museum Studies or Collections Management program and returning to full-time studies in Fall 2020;
  •  very good interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in English;
  •  intermediate research skills required; 
  •  excellent writing skills; 
  •  intermediate computer skills required for image/text processing and database entry;
  •  must be able to work methodically with high attention to detail ;
  •  must be able to work independently for periods of time; 
  •  gallery/museum experience an asset though training will be provided;
  •  literacy in database, word-processing and spreadsheet software an asset; 
  •  specialized knowledge of social media, digital programming and art studio practices an asset;
  •  interest in working with collections;
  •  and, experience working with and/or an understanding of collections will be considered an asset.



 Length of assignment: June 3 to Aug 28 2020

 Hourly wage: $19.20.

 Application deadline: May 21, 2020 5 pm NST.

To apply for this position, please send via email to, a letter of intent, a current resume and the names of two references, under the subject line YCW-Curatorial Assistant addressed to:


Matthew Hills, Director/Curator

Grenfell Art Gallery 

Corner Brook, NL A2H 5G4

Art Gallery

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: Fine Arts Building, 2nd Floor
Phone: (709) 637-6209