What does the program offer?
The Curatorial Research Practicum program provides learning opportunities through exhibition-making within a public institution as well as working with a permanent collection and an in-house production team. Participants will develop skills in the areas of communication, critical thinking, and teamwork.
Participants have the opportunity to spend one weekday focused on independent study and research projects that align with their learning objectives. The other four weekdays are dedicated to supporting Walter Phillips Gallery programs and engaging directly with visitors at the gallery desk. Participants will occasionally be required to assist staff with the installation of exhibitions and attend evening and weekend public events.
Participants will have the opportunity to conduct research on the Walter Phillips Gallery permanent collection, and to produce an exhibition based on the collection, in one of the satellite spaces on campus.
Who should apply?
The Curatorial Research Practicum is designed for emerging curators wishing to gain professional experience and further develop their careers and capabilities. Applicants should have completed formal training in art history, museum studies, collections management, or a curatorial practice program at the post-secondary level. Due to the research-based nature of this program, a master’s degree is preferred.
Practitioners from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with a special invitation to individuals of Indigenous descent.