Projet spécial d’exposition

Special Exhibition Project

La Guilde is looking to add a member to its team for the summer of 2021. The position, based in Montreal (with the possibility of working remotely), is for a special exhibition project on the work of Inuit artists from the Ashoona family. The project will allow the student to curate (in collaboration with the Programming and Communications Manager) a temporary exhibition at La Guilde, which will run from March to May 2022. This exhibition will include works from La Guilde's collection by, among others, Pitseolak Ashoona, Kaka Ashoona, Kiawak Ashoona, and works by contemporary artists such as Shuvinai Ashoona, Ning Ashoona, Siassie Kenneally, as well as new artists who have never been featured at La Guilde before. These contemporary works will be available for purchase by visitors. The project also includes the opportunity for the student to organize up to two lectures and/or virtual demonstrations with artists participating in the exhibition (in collaboration with the Cultural Activities Coordinator).

The job has two main components: curating the exhibition and organizing cultural activities. Here is an overview of the likely tasks:

Exhibition Curation

  • Selecting the artworks (from La Guilde’s collection and contemporary Inuit artists of the Ashoona family);
  • Researching works in the collection (in collaboration with the Archives and Collection manager);
  • Developing the title and supporting concept for the exhibition;
  • Composing the introductory text of the exhibition and short notes on themes grouping the selected works;
  • Editing the documents included in the exhibition;
  • Proposing a plan for the exhibition;
  • Participating in the development of a virtual guided tour (tour plan, writing texts on the artists, art direction, etc.);

Virtual Activities Organisation

  • Identifying the artists in the exhibition who can participate in cultural activities;
  • Organizing the activities (sequence of events, signing of contracts, presentation texts, etc.);
  • Participating in the promotion of cultural activities;

La Guilde is seeking to fill an 8 week temporary position from June 21 to August 14, 2021, in the Programming and Communications Department.

The Canadian Guild of Crafts, La Guilde, is a non-profit organization that has been active in the arts since 1906. It was a pioneer in the promotion and preservation of Canadian craft objects, as well as Canadian indigenous art. It has an archive dating back to the late 19th century and a permanent collection of mostly Inuit art and artefacts.

La Guilde seeks a Master's or PhD student in art history, museology, or any other field of study relevant to its mission of:

  • Preservation, promotion and awareness of Inuit art, First Nations art and Canadian crafts.
  • Highlight this artistic work to our audiences to raise awareness, openness and knowledge of these practices.
  • Preserve and develop the permanent collection of Inuit art, First Nations art and crafts for educational purposes.

Required qualifications

  • Master's or PhD candidate in art history, museology, or other relevant fields of study, specializing in Inuit art, an asset;
  • Advanced knowledge of the Office Suite and Google tools and other database management software;
  • Professional experience in museums is an asset;
  • Very good knowledge of English, both oral and written. Knowledge of French is an asset;
  • Resourceful, autonomous, versatile, courteous with the team;

La Guilde encourages candidates from indigenous communities and/or who are in contact with indigenous communities.

Interested candidates should apply via the YCW website by May 31, 2021. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Photo: Canadian Handicrafts Guild, 1927.