Geared toward anyone who is interested in arts administration, exhibition-making, and the specific challenges and rewards of running a not-for-profit organization, our volunteer program is perfect for those who would like to support our operations and activities on a more informal basis. Qualified individuals may support Critical Distance in a number of ways — from the provision of staffing assistance during exhibitions and events to the application of specialized expertise to assist with organizational development.

Volunteer applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with tasks and projects initiated and undertaken on a case-by-case and as-needed basis.

Opportunities for Volunteers include:

Gallery attending
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: 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 availability and interests 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 check-ins for the purpose of gauging progress, answering questions, providing support, and engaging in dialogue. Examples of projects include: media/market research and analysis, 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
Skills training in support of exhibition-making, gallery management, website and image management, etc.
Discount on Critical Distance merchandise and services including prints, publications, and custom framing
Workshop/event discounts when available
Per diem for coffee/snacks at the Coffee Pub when volunteering onsite


Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent computer skills (i.e. WordPress, Photoshop, InDesign, social media)
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

To apply:

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
A cover letter detailing your experiences and interest in Critical Distance

Please address any questions to submissions (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca. Submissions or questions addressed to other emails at Critical Distance may be missed. All inquiries will be answered in time; please be patient.