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Junior Collections Manager/ Auction Coordinator



OCAD University’s Faculty of Art is looking for a Junior Collections Manager / Auction Coordinator to support Faculty of Art initiatives related to the IArts Residency Program, specifically the auction of works in a private family collection comprised primarily of Indian contemporary art. Reporting to the Associate Dean, Outreach & Innovation, the Junior Collections Manager will coordinate all tasks related to cataloguing, appraisal and preparation of the works, and also act as curatorial lead in the planning and installation of the physical auction, to be held at OCAD University or other locations, in Fall 2019.  


A collection curated to showcase exemplary works of contemporary Indian art, that contains works by Sanjay Barot, Nirmal Birluka, Nandini Das, Haresh Dhrupal, Ramgopal Kumavat, Biplab Mohanta, Kundan Mondal, Atul Padia, Kamal Pandya, Nikita Parikh, Nimesh Patel, Bharti Prajapati, Namata Sneha, Manjunath Honnapura, Jyoti Bhatt and others.


  • Organize and catalogue private collection
  • Collection care and management, including monitoring the condition of works
  • Build and maintain the collection database
  • Research, develop and organize collection for upcoming auction Document, curate and install works for auction
  • Plan and organize the movement of artworks on view for the auction and in storage, including packing, shipping, and insurance, asset tagging of pieces, managing rights & reproduction, managing and writing the policy, processes, procedures related to work
  • Work with an Appraiser to value components of the collection
  • Supervise Collections Assistant (Preparation) and Collections Assistant (Documentation)
  • Experience with conservation of artworks is an asset


  • Heavy lifting and climbing ladders to access art and artworks
  • Working in contact with conservation equipment and chemicals where necessary
  • Work will be split between a private Toronto residence and OCAD University campus

RATE: $23.28 - $30.21 per hour for 20 hours/week (depending on experience)

TERM: Part-time contract, July - October 2019 (4 months)

DEADLINE: Monday, July 15, 2019


OCAD University's Faculty of Art


  • OCAD U graduates with a degree in criticism and curatorial practice or related field. M.A is preferred
  • 1 year minimum hands-on experience working with collections and gallery exhibitions and a strong commitment to collections management and sales
  • Strong communication skills and professionalism verbally and in writing
  • Ability to conduct scholarly research
  • Demonstrated experience with project management and logistics coordination as well as Collections Management Databases
  • Knowledge of current practices in the proper handling of art works
  • Highly developed organizational skills with good attention to detail


  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) and current resume.
  • Cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience


Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Zviko Mhakayakora


Zviko Mhakayakora
Special Projects Coordinator, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
P: 416 977 6000 Ext. 3707

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