Collections Practicum – Walter Phillips Gallery

This hands-on opportunity allows an individual to work with the Walter Phillips Gallery’s curator. The participant will receive direct mentorship on collections management practices and registrar duties that support the gallery’s collection of over 1,800 works.

The practicum candidate will have access to the archives and collection of Walter Phillips Gallery, to foster research opportunities for other public presentations of this material. This practicum role complements studies in museum studies, art history, and curatorial practice.

Learning opportunities also arise through attendance at formal and informal lectures and discussion groups. The work portion of the experience will primarily focus on activities that fall in line with the participant’s learning objectives and the ongoing activities of Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff International Curatorial Institute, and the Creative Residency program.

What does the program offer?
Benefits to the participant include practical experience working with a large public collection, participation in the day-to-day operations of a gallery, as well as enhanced communication skills, critical thinking, and teamwork. In addition to the work component of the program, one day each week is dedicated to the participant’s personal research activities as outlined in their learning objectives.

Who should apply?
The collections practicum in Walter Phillips Gallery is designed for emerging arts administrators wishing to gain professional experience, and expand and develop their careers and capabilities.

The candidate should have sound skills in Word processing and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as written correspondence in English. Occasionally the practicum will be required to assist in the installation of exhibitions alongside the curator, attend public events programmed by the gallery, and engage with gallery visitors at the gallery desk one day per week.

Practitioners from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with a special invitation to individuals of Indigenous descent.

Skills Category: Artistic/Creative
Course Start Date: Oct 08, 2018
Course End Date: Oct 08, 2019
Format: In-Person
Venue Name: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Address: 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Box 1020, Banff, AB, Canada, T1L 1H5
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Course Provider: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
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