The Or Gallery seeks application for the position of Director/Curator

December 16th, 2021 — January 24th, 2022,

The Or Gallery is seeking applicants for the Director/Curator position.

The Or Gallery Director/Curator is responsible for all aspects of the Or Gallery’s exhibition programming and organizational administration. The position reports to a volunteer Board of Directors. A full-time Programme Coordinator and other part-time positions, volunteers and interns support the Director/Curator. The position is a 5-year limited contract, and the start date is May 16, 2022. The salary is $56,000-60,000 CAD per annum plus extended health benefits, based on experience.


- Shaping and implementing all aspects of the curatorial program which includes communicating with artists, guest curators, writers, and cultural workers in the development of exhibitions, publications, public programming and other initiatives

- Preparation of successful grant applications and reports for municipal, provincial and federal funding bodies and other fundraising efforts which are at the core of the organization’s budget

- Shaping and administering the annual budget, keeping accurate books, working with accountants and auditors

- Overseeing, maintaining and planning for the physical operating space

- Managing staff, interns and volunteers, including hiring and training

- Managing the in-house bookstore and inventory

- Maintaining, growing and fostering new relationships with members, donors and various local and international communities

- Working with the Board of Directors in developing and reviewing policies, operational planning, organizational development, and fundraising campaigns

Applicants for the position of Or Gallery Director/Curator must demonstrate a passion for, and an extensive knowledge of, contemporary art practices. They must show strong discursive and fiscal management skills, as well as familiarity with not-for-profit organizations. Knowledge of artist-run centres alongside critical and grant-writing experience are assets. The ability to problem-solve and multi-task, individually and as a team, is imperative.

The ideal candidate will be: a leader interested in the dialogue between local communities of artists and international conversations and discourses; respectful to internal and adjacent communities of the Or Gallery; committed to fostering community within the geopolitical and social contexts within which their communities operate; engaged with expanded art practices; willing to work with the Board to create structural changes to support experimental practices as well as long-term sustainability strategies; resourceful, collegial, sociable, and energetic.

The Or Gallery is committed to hiring without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, orientation, religion, creed, or disability. Artists are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Interested individuals are asked to submit applications by January 24, 2022 as follows:

- Cover letter of interest

- Curriculum Vitae

- 2 References with contact information

Above documents must be sent as 1 PDF File (under 10MB)

Submit applications Attention: OR Gallery Hiring Committee and sent to hiring@orgallery.ca

We apologize that we cannot reply to all applicants. No phone calls please.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview and are requested to provide: a writing sample (e.g. exhibition text, review, grant application), up to 10 images of an exhibition(s) you have worked on, and a statement of curatorial vision.

About Or Gallery

The Or Gallery is one of Canada’s foremost artist-run centres. It was established in 1983 and operated for many years like a curatorial residency for artists, providing limited appointments to develop innovative, idea-driven exhibitions. This mandate has been adjusted to allow for longer terms for the Director/Curator, but the organization remains committed to curatorial innovation and diversity, particularly through hosting guest curated exhibitions and curatorial residencies as a means of emphasizing the role communities and discourse play in art production. The gallery develops local practices by balancing exhibitions by local, national, and international artists, and by exhibiting artists at varying stages of their careers. The gallery values inclusive educational and mentorship programs for emerging curators and artists. Over its history, the Or Gallery has produced exhibitions, performances, off-site projects, and books with Francis Alÿs, Raymond Boisjoly, Dana Claxton, Tacita Dean, Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, David Hartt, Pao Houa Her, Brian Jungen, Garry Neill Kennedy, Roy Kiyooka, Barbara Kruger, Tim Lee, Ligia Lewis, Ken Lum, Lynne Marsh, Myfanwy MacLeod, Arjuna Neuman + Denise Ferreira da Silva, Kristina Lee Podesva, Martha Rosler, Marina Roy, Jeremy Shaw, Ian Wallace, and Krzysztof Wodiczko, among others.

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Or Gallery

236 E Pender St.
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6A 1T7

T. +1 604.683.7395
E. or @ orgallery.org

Gallery hours 12 - 5PM
Tuesday - Saturday

Free Admission