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STUDENT CO-OP POSITION: Curatorial Assistant with Access Gallery

Deadline: Monday 16 November 2020, by 9:00AM PST


11 January to 20 August 2021 (two consecutive semesters, for a total of 32 weeks)
28 hours per week at a rate of pay of $21.00 per hour

Working language is English

The Curatorial Assistant must be available to work Saturdays and occasional evenings. Applicants to this position must be currently enrolled in 3rd or 4th year at a university co-op program. Students may apply to obtain co-op credit for two concurrent semester-long placements. To receive co-op credits, applicants to this position must be enrolled in a compatible co-op program at a college or university in arts administration, art history, media arts, or visual arts.

The Curatorial Assistant is an important position at this small but vital artist-run centre, reporting directly to the Director/Curator and responsible for assisting with the development and execution of all ongoing artistic programming, as well as the development of a publication. This is an opportunity not only to learn about the inner workings of an artist-run centre, but also to do so through the development of an autonomous project with the support of an established organization. 

This position is generously funded by the BC Arts Council Early Career Development Grant.


qualifies for cooperative positions as determined by the BCAC Early Career Development, and has: 

  • effective communication and writing skills;
  • excellent organizational skills;
  • proven research skills;
  • a resourceful work ethic;
  • familiarity with artist-run culture/experience working or volunteering in a gallery context and/or with community initiatives;
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • career aspirations within the cultural milieu
  • some experience working within a budget;
  • technical expertise related to computer design work and image management, including Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office Suite
  • experience with publications is an asset


  • Assist Director/Curator with curatorial program development and administration (including exhibitions, publications, and other projects and events) and assist in the oversight of the gallery space
  • Develop familiarity with Access’ mandate and history of artist-run culture in Vancouver, as well as Access’ current exhibitions, so as to interact with visitors and community members
  • Website updates
  • Prepare all communications and publicity material (press releases, social media)
  • Facilitate and assist with events, opening receptions, and fundraisers, which, for the time being are not taking place due to COVID-19
  • Assist with the execution and management of artist contracts
  • Assist coordination of exhibition installation; assist installation when necessary
  • Communicate and assist with the resolution of any emerging operational/facilities concerns to Director/Curator in a timely manner

Access Gallery is certified as a Living Wage Employer by Living Wage for Families and is committed to employment equity for all prospective employees regardless of national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. 

Access is committed to the physical and emotional safety of our staff and volunteers during (and beyond) the COVID-19 pandemic. This position will ideally consist of a blend of working in the space, and working from home, depending on the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the student's specific needs.

Please email a resume and cover letter to submissions@accessgallery.ca with subject line: REF: co-op 2021. If this process creates a barrier for you, please feel free to contact Katie directly. For more information, please contact Katie Belcher, Director/Curator, at k.belcher@accessgallery.ca



With gratitude as guests, Access is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


Access additionally recognizes its location in Vancouver’s Chinatown, an area for the gathering of predominantly Cantonese-speaking Chinese labourers, settlers, and businesses since the nineteenth century. Our gallery borders the site of Hogan’s Alley, an important home to Vancouver’s Black population until their forced displacement through the construction of the Georgia viaduct fifty years ago.