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'The Riddle' (2018) by Luis Jacobs. Image courtesy of the artist

Public Programming & Learning Curatorial Assistant



The Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) is accepting applications for a full-time position of Curatorial Assistant on the Public Programming and Learning team. An ideal candidate must have a view to inclusivity and diversity, building capacity and changing the landscape of future Canadian leaders in arts, education and culture. The Curatorial Assistant will gain significant, hands-on curatorial, programming and production experience through numerous training and learning opportunities with the Curator, Public Programming and Learning, as well as with the broader TBA team; and cross-departmental exposure to all aspects of the biennial, including logistics, production, publications, finance, communication, partnerships, and fundraising.


  • Supporting the Public Programming and Learning team in all aspects of their projects, including: conception, research, liaising with collaborating organisations and individuals, production, implementation, scheduling, artists’ visits, etc.
  • Providing production and coordination support to the Public Programming and Learning team and production team as needed: installation and striking, event prep and coordination, equipment and service provider research, etc. 
  • Supporting artists, educators, scholars, and other program leaders directly in the implementation of their projects as needed.
  • Assisting with welcoming artists to Toronto as needed: on-boarding, welcome package, navigating the city, etc.Supporting the Public Programming and Learning team in liaising with Biennial partners and venues, and ensuring that venue partners are fully briefed on schedules, installation plans and program requirements.
  • Providing administrative support to the Public Programming and Learning team and managing daily tasks as they arise.
  • Assisting all aspects of TBA events: preparation, setup, strike down, post-event reports, etc.
  • Acting as an advocate and mediator for the Biennial as needed.

RATE: $16.5/ hour for 35 hours/ week
TERM: Full-time, March 2019 - March 2020

DEADLINE: Monday, February 25. 2019 

Toronto Biennial of Art is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all of our work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and to build diversity into our teams, creative communities, and programs.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to Toronto Biennial of Art.




  • Must have graduated from OCADU in 2017 or 2018.
  • Experience in curatorial, museum studies, or related fields.
  • Commitment to: community engagement; generating and nurturing deep and prolonged ties to various audiences; working intersectionally and intergenerationally through community-responsive and site-specific programming.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated organization and project coordination skills
  • Required: MAC OS; Microsoft OS; Microsoft Office Suite; Adobe Creative Suite; email.
  • Assets: SketchUp; languages spoken other than English; ability to manage engaging visual content for digital platforms, including websites, video and social media; Driver’s Licence; engagement with art education programs and/or community organisational work; familiarity with accessibility coordination for public programming.


  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email),a confirmation of eligibility and a current CV
  • A cover letter outlining interest and relevant background


Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Tak Pham [email protected]

On view from September–December 2019, the Toronto Biennial of Art, launching infall 2019, will be Canada’s newest biennial of contemporary art. Taking place along the waterfront in unexpected venues and public spaces and in collaboration with not-for-profit galleries, museums, community organizations, and educational institutions across the city, the Biennial will present Canadian and international art within the complex creative, cultural, social, and political context of Toronto.


Tak Pham
Special Project Coordinator, Career Launchers
E: [email protected]
P: 416 977 6000 Ext. 361

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