Curatorial Researcher

Organization: 

North Vancouver Museum and Archives

Deadline: 

Aug. 1, 2018

Organization Description: 

The North Vancouver Museum & Archives acts as the “sole custodian of the City and District cultural, archival and museum collections.” The Museum collects and preserves aspects of the material culture of North Vancouver and cares for approximately 20,000 historic artifacts of local and regional importance. The Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to the documentary heritage of North Vancouver, including public records created by both municipalities, as well as thousands of private records, archival documents, and photographs that document the lives and experiences of residents, business, and community organizations. The Museum & Archives preserves historically valuable community records and artifacts; it makes them meaningful and accessible to the public by organizing exhibitions, delivering educational programs, caring for collections, and providing access to archival information.

Website: 

http://nvma.ca

Job Description: 

CONTRACT CURATORIAL RESEARCHER NEEDED TO ASSIST IN ORGANIZING A TEMPORARY EXHIBITION FOR THE NEW MUSEUM OF NORTH VANCOUVER (OPENING EARLY 2020)

Contract period: October 2018 through July 2019

Responsibilities: 

Working with NVMA staff in collaboration with NVMA’s Indigenous Voices Advisory Committee, and reporting to the Curator, the Curatorial Researcher will independently undertake research for an exhibition exploring the cultural significance, history and geography of the distinctive twin mountain peaks that provide the scenic backdrop to Vancouver and the North Shore. 
• Known as "The Sisters" (Ch’ich’iyúy Elxwikn) by Coast Salish people, and named "The Lions" by settlers due to their supposed resemblance to the lion monuments in London’s Trafalgar Square, these twin peaks of the Coast Mountain range tower over the first narrows of Burrard Inlet.
• A Salish legend recounted by Chief Joe Capilano to writer Pauline Johnson told the story of how two sisters, daughters of a Salish Chief, brought peace to this region and were immortalized and lifted up to the mountains to forever keep watch over the people below. 
• The exhibit will explore the mythic qualities and genius loci (spirit of place) of these iconic symbols of the Vancouver area, including how early settlers adopted and interpreted the peaks’ creation story.

Qualifications: 

An experienced researcher and writer with subject matter background in regional history (some knowledge of Coast Salish stories and culture, local mountaineering history and/or local cultural geography are preferred) is sought to conduct research, locate exhibit materials, write exhibit text, and assist in organizing the first temporary exhibition at the new Museum of North Vancouver (scheduled to open in February 2020). Some experience in museum exhibit work is desired.

How to Apply: 

Include a resume and cover letter stating your interest in and qualifications for this contract.
Applications should be submitted to: nvmac@dnv.org with the words “Curatorial Researcher” in the subject line.

Remuneration: 

$16,000 total ($1,600 per month, billed by contractor)

Contact Name: Laurel Lawry
Contact Email: nvmac@dnv.org
Contact Phone: (604) 990-3700

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