Textile Museum of Canada Curator in Residence Call
Textile Museum of Canada Curator in Residence Call The Textile Museum of Canada invites emerging curators and scholars to apply...

Textile Museum of Canada Curator in Residence Call

The Textile Museum of Canada invites emerging curators and scholars to apply for the position of Curator in Residence. As part of the Museum’s Creative in Residence program, this is an opportunity to re-imagine the museum experience, pushing the notion of what a museum can be – for visitors, the creative community, and the Textile Museum of Canada itself. Through access to resources and mentorship, the resident will advance their own professional practice, challenging both themselves and the communities the Museum engages with art, craft, and design in new and innovative ways. Working remotely, the resident will be integrated into the daily life of the Museum. They will contribute to the Museum’s expanding digital programming and revisioning of its collection, education, and community galleries. The resident will bring their own lived experience to the interpretation of the Museum’s collection of global textiles which includes more than 15,000 textiles from over 200 regions around the world.

This program is supported by a Seed Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The Curator in Residence will:

  • Be an emerging curator or scholar who has demonstrated a commitment to working with textiles in their research practice
  • Commit 20 hours/week for 12 weeks, including some evenings and weekends
  • Be available between April and June 2021
  • Be able to work independently and connect regularly through a range of digital platforms with Museum staff and stakeholder communities
  • Consider new approaches to interpreting and displaying the collection and building diverse knowledge on collection objects
  • Develop evaluation metrics with the Museum and contribute their own feedback to determine future directions for the residency program
  • Provide their own computer and internet connection for working remotely
  • Be a strong communicator, comfortable engaging audiences of diverse backgrounds in a range of settings.


  • $18,600 honorarium
  • Training in the use of the Museum’s collection management software Mimsy
  • Opportunity to collaborate with staff across departments at the Textile Museum of Canada
  • Opportunity to contribute to the current revisioning of the Museum’s collection, education, and community galleries
  • Opportunity to contribute to the Museum’s digital programming

How to apply: submit the following in ONE email to

1. A written statement that answers the following questions:

  1. Describe why you feel you are the ideal candidate. How will the experience
    benefit your professional development and the communities served by the
    Museum? (250 word limit)
  2. What is your proposed course of activity? How will you activate digital
    platforms to engage with Museum staff and the communities that it serves (250 word limit)
  3. What excites you most about working in a museum environment? How will you contribute to the culture and mandate of the Textile Museum of Canada? (250 word limit)

2. Two-page (maximum) resume

3. Support materials: A professional writing sample that demonstrates previous experience as a curator and/or researcher.

Applications are due in full by 5 pm on Wednesday February 24, 2021. Successful candidates will be notified by March 5, 2021.

This competition is open to all candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. Priority will be given to qualified BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) candidates. This initiative is in support of the Museum’s employment equity goals.

Please direct any questions via email to

Roxane Shaughnessy, Senior Curator, Manager of the Collection at the Textile Museum of Canada, and two external jurors TBA

About the Textile Museum of Canada
Since its opening in 1975, the Textile Museum of Canada has sought to inspire understanding of human experience through textiles. Our Mission is to ignite creativity, inspire wonder and spark conversation and learning through the stories held within our global collection of textiles, and through active engagement with contemporary artistic practices. Our Mandate is to connect a collection of global textiles to contemporary creative research and expression, as well as to local, national and international experiences with textiles at their core. As a national charitable non-profit cultural and educational organization, we focus on the exhibition, collection, conservation and study of textiles, as well as the production of inclusive public programs that foster awareness of diverse cultural values.