Collections Assistant (Summer Student)

Organization: 

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Deadline: 

Apr. 20, 2018

Organization Description: 

The mandate of the Bill Reid Gallery (BRG) is to reveal the vital and diverse Indigenous cultures of the Northwest Coast through the extraordinary work of Bill Reid and inspirational contemporary art. We respectfully acknowledge the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl ̓ ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and all the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast, on whose traditional and unceded territories we live, work and play.

Website: 

http://billreidgallery.ca

Job Description: 

The Bill Reid Gallery recently launched a new collections database. The Collections Assistant will work with the curator on a Cataloguing and Digitization project to increase and improve the amount of information on our collections available to the general public. The gallery has approximately 500 artworks and important archival materials related to the life and career of Bill Reid, including finished artworks (sculptures, prints, carvings, jewelry, paintings) as well as sketches, cards, letters, and ephemera belonging to the artist.

Responsibilities: 

The Collections Assistant will catalogue, arrange, describe, and scan collection information and enter it into our collections management database. The student will also work with the curator to add a catalogue number to each collection item. 

The Collections Assistant will also assist the curator with collections related aspects of exhibitions, loans and public programs. This includes organizing collections lists, updating the database, preparing condition reports, and gathering information for exhibition labels. 

The Assistant must be organized and detailed oriented and will perform other related duties as required. The Assistant will acquire skills in cataloguing, museum standards and policy, database software, artifact handling and preservation, archival collections arrangement, scanning, photoshop, acquisitions, storage, and research procedures. They will gain strategic planning, problem solving and leadership skills under direction of museum staff. The setting will provide experience in cultural diversity, working as a team, working collaboratively with other programs and exhibitions, and the importance of preserving history for future generations.

Qualifications:

Student in the field of library and archival studies, Indigenous studies, museum studies, or curatorial studies
• Must be a current student between the ages of 16 and 30 and intend to return to your studies in the fall.
• Indigenous students are encouraged to apply
• Knowledge of Northwest Coast art and Indigenous cultural history an asset
• Good level of computer literacy including spreadsheets, database software, email
• Familiar with the Rules of Archival Description
• Fluent in English, Indigenous language would be an asset
• Candidates will be chosen on the basis of their skill level and ability; therefore we welcome all applicants regardless of race, gender or disability

How to Apply: 

Please forward resume and cover letter by email only: Beth Carter, Curator - bcarter@billreidgallery.ca

Remuneration: 

$15/hour

Contact Name: Beth Carter
Contact Email: bcarter@billreidgallery.ca
Contact Phone: (604) 682-3455

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