Geared toward curators at the early stages of their careers; artists interested in curating, exhibition-making, and arts administration, students in the arts, curating, or related fields; or others who are interested in curating, exhibition-making, and the arts but have backgrounds in other professions. Qualified individuals will participate in the research and development of exhibitions and events, as well as various special projects and initiatives in support of Critical Distance’s annual programs.
Applications for the Curatorial Internship are accepted on a rolling basis for three 3-month terms during our program year: September—November, January—March, and April—June.
Over the course of your term we request a commitment of 5–10 hours per week in a flexible schedule divided between the following duties, tasks, and projects:
This much maligned task is still a great way to hone your skills in speaking about art and interacting with the public. Plus, our office is a quiet and pleasant place to get work done, with lots of light and an amazing view. :)
Administrative and Promotional Tasks
Much of the work in running a project space is administrative and promotional — less than glamourous, but necessary to be professional, efficient, and effective in fulfilling any organization’s mandate. Here’s where you’ll acquire or put to good use some of your practical skills in running a not-for-profit organization. Examples of tasks include: writing for the blog (news, reviews, interviews), website updates and maintenance (e.g., curator/artist registry, ecommerce), media communications (including social media), bookkeeping and registration, general office assistance, installation, and event assistance including photography/videography, and more.
The juicy stuff. Based on your interests and experience we will provide a list of available projects from which to choose, and are also happy to discuss any ideas you may want to bring to the table. Projects are expected to be worked on independently with brief weekly or biweekly check-ins for the purpose of gauging progress, answering questions, providing support, and engaging in dialogue. Examples of projects include: curatorial research for upcoming exhibitions, critical writing for publication online and in print, media/market research and analysis, international program development, event, education, and outreach program development, and other special projects to be determined/discussed.
In return CRITICAL DISTANCE provides:
Hands-on experience in the not-for-profit gallery environment
Credited participation in the research and development of upcoming exhibitions and events
Skills training in support of exhibition-making, gallery management, website and image management, etc.
Mentorship and feedback on independent curatorial projects
Opportunities for publication of curatorial and critical writing online and in print
Upon the successful completion of the negotiated term, an honorarium (amount tbd based on the participant’s level of commitment and achievement with respect to special projects, etc.)
Excellent oral and written communication skills (i.e., public speaking, critical writing)
Excellent computer skills (i.e. WordPress, Photoshop, InDesign, social media)
Strong knowledge of local and international curatorial practices, issues, and trends
Knowledge of art history and contemporary art practices
Interest in contemporary culture and exhibition-making in general
Excellent organizational and research skills
The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
Photography, videography, web programming, and/or bookkeeping skills a plus
Passion, resourcefulness, and initiative a huge plus
Please send the following materials to submissions (at) critical distance (dot) ca in support of your submission. (At this time we are able to accept digital submissions only.)
A current CV
Two writing samples (essays, reviews, articles)
Images and information on any curatorial projects completed or in progress
A cover letter detailing your experiences and interest in Critical Distance
Letters of reference
Please address any questions to submissions (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca. Submissions or questions addressed to other emails at Critical Distance may be missed. All applicants will receive a response in time; please be patient.