Employment

Oxygen Art Centre is currently looking for candidates to fulfil two (2) summer employment opportunities: Research Assistant (YCW) + Gallery Assistant (CSJ). More information about both positions and how to apply, below.


Research Assistant — Young Canada Works Employment Opportunity

Oxygen Art Centre is an artist-run centre engaging communities throughout Nelson and the West Kootenays, and wider audiences regionally and nationally. Oxygen Art Centre provides space and programming for artists and the public to engage with the creation, study, exhibition, and performance of contemporary art in all disciplines.

Oxygen Art Centre’s activities include: Exhibition & Residency Program, Adult Arts Education, Children and Youth Arts Education, and a Presentation Series which consists of literary, film, music, and theatre events. Oxygen is unique in its structure and provides vital arts and cultural programming. We are currently looking for a Summer Research Assistant to add to our dynamic team.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Research Assistant will conduct archival research into Oxygen Art Centre’s Exhibition & Residency archives, as well as theoretical and policy development regarding equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in the arts sector.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Research Assistant will conduct the following tasks and responsibilities remotely, utilizing their personal computer to access online platforms such as Gmail, Google Drive, and Zoom, as well as digital platforms such as Word and Excel, of which will be provided by the organization.

This position is funded by Young Canada Works. Additional administration through the YCW portal will be required at the beginning and end of employment contract. Candidates are required to state their eligibility for the YCW program in their Cover Letter and/or email.

Tasks + Responsibilities:

Oxygen’s Research Assistant will investigate the artist-run centre’s historical engagement of equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion through archival research and critical theory research. This project involves independent work and research with the opportunity to collaborate with artists and experts in the field. The Research Assistant will be able to focus the project to best suit their interests, aspirations, and background.

Archival Research

Oxygen’s Research Assistant will conduct archival research into the Exhibition & Residency program print and digital archives focusing on the organization’s history of equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion. By looking into Oxygen’s institutional history, the Research Assistant will provide quantitative data and feedback regarding its past in order to inform its future. Archival research involves database maintenance, documentation, statistical analysis, as well as interviewing and surveying past artists.

Critical Theory & Policy

Critical theory and policy research regarding anti-racism and decolonialism will form the foundation by which the Research Assistant will conduct this project. Developed with the Executive Director and Social Justice Committee, theoretical texts, lectures, and artworks will be determined as a “reading” list.

Final Report

A final report will summarize their research findings. This report can include creative and/or interactive aspects, should this be applicable to the project and candidate.

Communication

The Research Assistant will be responsible for communication with their supervisor and Oxygen’s Social Justice Committee, as well as liaising with artists and mentors in their field of enquiry.

This position will be multi-faceted and offer experience throughout all aspects of Oxygen Art Centre under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Due to the pandemic aspects of the position have been altered to ensure a safe working environment for the employee. The Research Assistant will be responsible for working from home, tracking hours and work plans, maintaining Google Doc files and documentation, virtual and phone meetings with supervisors, and facilitating digital administration from a far. Necessary alterations will be made to the employee’s work plan should pandemic restrictions alter during the employee’s contract.

Nature + Scope of the Position:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Research Assistant engages in archival research regarding institutional histories and equitable practices.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is enrolled in a post-secondary program in Art History, Art Education, Visual and/or Media Arts, Museum Studies or a related discipline;
  • Demonstrates a keen interest in contemporary art and/or museum practices;
  • Is responsible, hard-working, enthusiastic, and dynamic;
  • Has a proven ability to communicate effectively.

The Summer Research Assistant position is funded by the Young Canada Works program. Candidates for the position must:

  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (unfortunately, non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Create a profile on the Government of Canada Young Canada Works page;
  • Intend to return to Full-Time studies in Fall 2021

Employment Details:

$16.00/hour
9 week contract
30 hours/week
Position duration: June 28, 2021 – August 27, 2021

Application deadline: 21 May 2021, by 5:00 PM

Please submit a cover letter and resume to info@oxygenartcentre.org with the subject line: “ATTN: Summer Research Assistant Application”.

Oxygen Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Gallery Assistant — Canada Summer Jobs Employment Opportunity

Oxygen Art Centre is an artist-run centre engaging communities throughout Nelson and the West Kootenays, and wider audiences regionally and nationally. Oxygen Art Centre provides space and programming for artists and the public to engage with the creation, study, exhibition, and performance of contemporary art in all disciplines.

Oxygen Art Centre’s activities include: Exhibition & Residency Program, Adult Arts Education, Children and Youth Arts Education, and a Presentation Series which consists of literary, film, music, and theatre events. Oxygen is unique in its structure and provides vital arts and cultural programming. We are currently looking for a Summer Gallery Assistant to add to our dynamic team.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Gallery Assistant engages in all aspects of Oxygen Art Centre’s programs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gallery Assistant will conduct the following tasks and responsibilities at a distance, utilizing online platforms such as Gmail, Google Drive, Zoom, and Hootsuite, as well as digital platforms such as Word, Excel, and Adobe Creative Suite.

This position is funded by Canada Summer Jobs. Additional administration through the CSJ Federal Government portal will be required at the beginning and end of employment contract.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Oxygen’s Gallery Assistant will assist in everyday arts administrative tasks, as well as assisting with Virtual Exhibition and Education Programs.

Exhibition Program

The Gallery Assistant will assist the Executive Director to promote and document exhibition programming taking place during their contract, as well as assist in the creation of a publication for an exhibition and an artist monograph. They will also assist the Executive Director in facilitating adjunct programming, research, and publication preparation for forthcoming exhibitions.

  • Research writers for upcoming exhibition publications:
    • Exhibition & Residency (Summer 2021)
      • Overburden group exhibition with Kootenay Gallery of Art
      • Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis Remote Residency & Artist Monograph
    • Forthcoming Exhibition & Residency (2021-2022)
      • Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective (Guest Curated) Group Exhibition
      • Bessie Wapp Residency & Exhibition

Education Program

The Gallery Assistant will assist the Executive Director and Education Coordinator in facilitating online arts education programming via social media and Zoom platforms, as well as assist in preparing education programs for Fall 2021.

Operations

The Gallery Assistant will also be responsible for assisting with day-to-day operations of the Centre and its programs, including membership updates and outreach. The Gallery Assistant will be responsible for assisting in residency preparation, exhibition publication, and virtual artist talks and/or events taking place during their contract. Gallery Assistant will also engage with Oxygen’s Education program by assisting in the registration and outreach of online arts education programs, as well as assisting instructors in delivering programming. They will also be invited to attend monthly Board of Directors meetings via Zoom.

Communication

The Gallery Assistant will be responsible for maintaining Oxygen’s online presence via HootSuite including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Communications will involve developing the membership drive, notifying the public about programs and events, and creating and posting content related to contemporary art and education programming. They will also be responsible for maintaining the CRM (Little Green Light) and Mailchimp databases.

Research

Individual research project to take place over the duration of contracted employment. The Gallery Assistant will develop a research project related to one facet of Oxygen Art Centre’s structure (e.g. Exhibitions and Residency, Education, Communication, Volunteers, Membership, Archives, Publications, etc.). The topic can relate to the employee’s interests, academic pursuits, and/or future aspirations in the arts, and will be developed in conversation with Executive Director at the beginning of employment. They will create a final report summarizing their research findings.

This position will be multi-faceted and offer experience throughout all aspects of Oxygen Art Centre under the supervision of the Executive Director and assistance of the Education Coordinator.

Due to the pandemic some aspects of the position have been altered to ensure a safe working environment for the employee. It is possible that on site programs have been cancelled or postponed during employment. The Gallery Assistant will be responsible for working from home, tracking hours and work plans, maintaining Google Doc files and documentation, online and phone meetings with supervisors, and facilitating digital administration from a far. Necessary alterations will be made to the employee’s work plan should pandemic restrictions alter during the employee’s contract.

Nature and Scope of Position:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Gallery Assistant engages the public in discussions about Oxygen Art Centre’s exhibitions and programs, assists in exhibition and residency coordination, and assists in administration of the education program.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate:

  • Is enrolled in a post-secondary program in Art History, Art Education, Visual and/or Media Arts, Museum Studies or a related discipline;
  • Demonstrates a keen interest in contemporary art and/or museum practices;
  • Is comfortable interacting with members of the public;
  • Is responsible, hard-working, enthusiastic, and dynamic;
  • Has a proven ability to communicate effectively.

The Summer Gallery Assistant position is dependent on funding from Canada Summer Jobs program. Candidates for the position must:

  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (unfortunately, non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the fall of 2021.

*Funding currently pending. The listing and candidates will be updated regarding our funding status.

Employment Details:

$16.00/hour
9 week contract
30 hours/week
Position duration: TBD (Summer 2021)

*Employment details subject to change in relation to funding

Application deadline: 21 May 2021, by 5:00 PM

Please submit cover letter and resume to info@oxygenartcentre.org with the subject line: “ATTN: Summer Gallery Assistant Application”

Oxygen Art Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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