Indigenous Preparatorial Practicum

The Walter Phillips Gallery Indigenous Preparatorial Practicum program enables the participant to engage in hands-on opportunities working alongside the gallery’s preparator and curator. Direct mentorship and support is provided throughout the program to develop the participant’s skills in preventative conservation, art handling, installation techniques, and museum standards in environmental conditions (including appropriate humidity, temperature, and lighting levels). 

The practicum participant will also have the opportunity to develop expertise in crate building, art packing, and framing of artwork, and will assist in the storage, packing, and unpacking of artworks relating to the Walter Phillips Gallery exhibitions and permanent collection.

Learning opportunities also arise through attendance at formal and informal lectures and discussion groups. The practical experience portion will primarily focus on activities that complement the  learning objectives of the program through the various opportunities associated with the real and ongoing activities of  Walter Phillips Gallery.  

What does the program offer?
Benefits to participants include practical experience installing exhibitions within a public institution, technical problem-solving skills, enhanced communication skills, and teamwork. 

Participants will further hone their building and carpentry skills, attention to detail, and strategies in exhibition layout and design. They will also have the opportunity to work in Sketchup and Past Perfect collections management software. 

In addition to the work component of the program, outside of exhibition installation periods participants have one day each week that is dedicated to their personal research activities as outlined in their individual learning objectives. 

Who should apply?
Enrolment to this program is limited to individuals of Indigenous descent (status, non-status, M├ętis or Inuit). This practicum placement is appropriate for recent graduates of studio-based programs interested in pursuing a career in gallery installation to gain professional experience and expand and develop their careers and capabilities.  

Candidates for the Preparatorial Practicum must possess a foundation in studio art, art history or museum studies with some previous experience working with tools and building materials.  

This program requires a full-time commitment. 

Skills Category: Artistic/Creative
Course Start Date: Apr 02, 2018
Course End Date: Mar 29, 2019
Format: In-Person
Venue Name: Banff
Address: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Box 1020, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, AB, Canada, T1L 1H5
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Course Provider: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
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