Art Gallery of York University: Assistant Curator


The AGYU is one of Canada’s leading public, university-affiliated, contemporary art galleries. The Assistant Curator is an integral member of the AGYU team, collaborating on the full range of the gallery’s exhibition, publishing, public, and educational programming and actively contributing to the advancement of contemporary curatorial thinking, the pedagogical role of contemporary art, and institutional practice.

Deadline: JANUARY 4, 2019, 4:30 pm
Location: TORONTO
Posting Number: YUSA-11522
Position Title: Assistant Curator
Affiliation: YUSA
Band: 13
Salary: $66, 221


The AGYU believes that a contemporary art gallery should serve an aesthetic and social function and that it must be fluid and flexible, transforming itself through a reciprocal engagement with artists and communities. Situated in one of Toronto’s most diverse suburbs and located at one of Canada’s most multi-cultural universities, AGYU has reinvented itself in order to become responsive to this nuanced cultural context and to make its location a catalyst for artistic risk-taking and institutional innovation. We’ve always believed that the institution itself must be a self-aware part of this transformation, willing to change its very fabric and ways of working.

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THE POSITION: Minimum Qualifications
Experience: 2 years recent related experience in a gallery or museum specializing in contemporary art. Experience working with diverse communities. University degree in Visual Arts or equivalent of 4 years recent experience (defined as within the last five years). This education equivalency is in addition to the experiential requirements and skills outlined below.

Skills: Strong knowledge of fine art handling, shipping and condition reporting. Strong knowledge of exhibition coordination and project management in contemporary art. Strong knowledge of contemporary art practices and trends in curatorial practice. Knowledge of publication coordination and distribution. Strong writing skills, attention to detail and ability to multitask competing deadlines and overlapping projects. Knowledge of the non-profit public gallery sector, including experience with grant applications. Ability to stay current with trends in collections management.

To apply for the position of Assistant Curator, AGYU, click the following link to access the online application portal:


The AGYU is located in the Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto.

Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Wednesday, 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday, noon – 5 pm; and Saturday, closed.

Directions: TTC: Ride LINE ONE to York University Station: the gallery entrance faces the south exit. Driving: Enter YorkU Keele Campus via The Pond Road. Park in the Student Services garage. WheelTrans: the closest WheelTrans stop is York University Subway Station, North Exit.

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is a public, university-affiliated, non-profit contemporary art gallery supported by York University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario through the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and by its membership. AGYU promotes 2SLGBTQIAP positive spaces & experiences and is barrier free.

York University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code. York University is committed to employment equity and diversity and a positive and supportive environment. York University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by York University regarding a job opportunity or testing, please advise if you require accommodation.
Only applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

AGYU respectfully acknowledges our presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations including the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Métis. This territory is the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Covenant and Wampum, between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Ojibwe, Odawa, Pottawatomie (the Three Fires Confederacy) and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources in and around the Great Lakes. The Three Fire Confederacy includes the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, who settled in what is now known as the City of Toronto. In 1805, the Mississaugas agreed to the sale of tracts of land known as Crown Treaty No. 13 (also referred to as the Toronto Purchase), although the payment for the land was not concluded until 2010. As a result of the Toronto Purchase, the protection and management of the land is now shared with the present generation of inhabitants of Toronto and, as Métis Elder Duke Redbird reminds us, “remembering always that we never own the land but rather borrow its use from our children.”

In acknowledging that York University occupies colonized Indigenous territories, and out of respect for the rights of Indigenous people, we accept our collective responsibility to recognize our colonial histories as well as their present-day manifestations and to honour, protect, and sustain this land.


For more information on the position of Assistant Curator, AGYU, please follow the links provided above or contact York University, Human Resources by following the appropriate links on the careers website: