TD Exhibitions & Programs Assistant: Mercer Union

Mercer Union, Toronto
Deadline: October 19, 2018

Designed to enable young professionals to gain experience in the arts sector, this full-time, 12-month post provides mentoring from Mercer’s Director of Exhibitions & Programs, supporting emerging curators to develop their practice within a non-profit, artist-run institution.

Program Description

  • Mercer Union’s TD Exhibitions & Programs Assistant will work closely with the Director of Exhibitions & Programs to learn diverse facets of the work of a curator at an artist-run centre. Research, hands-on tasks and professional development will be at the core of this program.
  • TD Exhibitions & Programs Assistant will have the opportunity to participate in all phases of program development including: research; checklist development; lender and artist relations; writing text for didactics, press release and website; installation needs; and event coordination.
  • The TD Exhibitions & Programs Assistant will assist with engagement related programming including development and implementation of fORUM, Aggregate and SESSION.
  • The TD Exhibitions & Programs Assistant will provide administrative support across programming, learning to manage production schedules and timelines.


  • Post-Secondary Degree in Curatorial Studies, Art History, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, Arts Education, Arts Administration or a related field with a particular interest in pursuing exhibition programming around contemporary art.
  • Demonstrated interest in museum or gallery work, arts administration and arts education.
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written; experience with speaking in public settings considered an asset;
  • Excellent research skills, with ability to self-direct;=
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to manage time effectively and meet deadlines;
  • Strong computer skills are essential; experience with Mac computer systems and office programs including spreadsheets, word processing, email and database software;
  • Understanding of gallery education and public programs, program assessment, and visitor engagement theories and strategies;
  • Passion for contemporary art and artistic practices

Working Conditions

Must be comfortable working in an open concept office environment
Able to undertake flexible working hours, including evenings and weekends, when necessary


$35,000 – $40,000 per annum

Application Process

To apply, candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV and the names of three references with contact information in one PDF document. Qualified candidates please email applications to: