Seeking applications for the position of Programme Coordinator

Applications open now — August 30, 2021,

Date Posted: Aug 18, 2021
Application Deadline: Aug 30, 2021
Start Date: Sept 21, 2021 (this date is negotiable)
Salary: 40K
Location: Or Gallery, 236 Pender Street East, Vancouver BC V6A 1T7
Employee Benefits: Health
Employment Type: Full-time, Permanent, 35 hours per week

Organization and Job Description:
Or Gallery is a non-profit artist-run centre that was initiated as a project space by Vancouver artist Laiwan in 1983 and was first located at 1729 Franklin Street. Through the collaboration of a small group of artists that included Arni Haraldsson, Petra Watson, Lori Hinton, Michelle Normoyle, and Ken Lum, the gallery was incorporated as the Or Gallery Society. With a majority artist-member board in place, the gallery invited artists to undertake the role of curator, blurring the line between such roles.

The gallery develops emerging, conceptual and experimental art practices and networks through exhibitions with locally and broadly based artist-collaborators. Throughout its existence Or Gallery has produced early-career projects and publications with contemporary Canadian artists including Dana Claxton, Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, Rodney Graham, Brian Jungen, Garry Neill Kennedy, Roy Kiyooka, Tim Lee, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Marianne Nicholson, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun in addition to international artists such as Francis Alÿs, Barbara Kruger, Martha Rosler, Ligia Lewis, Anna Zett and Rachel O’Reilly. We’ve presented a diverse range of artists at critical junctures in the development of their careers including one of Sobey Award laureate Kapwani Kiwanga’s first solo exhibitions in Canada; the exhibition of Peter Morin, Stephanie Comilang and Deanna Bowen’s work in Germany as part of Or Gallery’s collaboration with Berlin’s SAVVY Contemporary, Whose Land Have I Lit on Now? Contemplations on the Notions of Hostipitality; Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman’s first Canadian exhibition of their film work 4 Waters – Deep Implicancy which Or Gallery also co-commissioned.

The Or Gallery has published a number of artist books, editions and anthologies, and since 2010 has operated a small bookstore featuring local, small press and imported publications.

The gallery supports local arts and cultural development through professional and general-interest lectures, workshops and other outreach activities, which often include community-initiated programs.

Programme Coordinator Role:
The Programme Coordinator will carry out administrative and creative tasks in connection with exhibition, publishing, bookstore, discursive and outreach programming. The Programme Coordinator will support the Gallery Director/Curator on research, project management, data management, archiving, event or exhibition set-up and installation, fundraising initiatives, communications, including social media and website updates, and general administration. They will support an inclusive environment according to our organizational Community and Anti-Harassment Agreements.

Responsibilities can include:
  • writing, editing and formatting texts for exhibition didactics, promotional circulation, grants and reports 

  • supervision and mentoring of interns and volunteers 

  • administrative tasks related to gallery operations, file-management and record-keeping
  • provide updates to the Curator/Director for the timely production, transport, procurement or installation of exhibition and other programming deliverables in coordination with the gallery Director/Curator, contractors and other partners 

  • developing artistic, community and discursive programming

What Or Gallery can offer the successful candidate:
Professional mentorship and skills-building, local and international networking opportunities in the contemporary art field. An inclusive and supportive work environment. A generous annual leave entitlement. A living wage and health benefits.

-strong written and spoken communication skills
-strong organizational, problem solving and time management skills including the ability to work towards deadlines and to occasionally perform effectively in unpredictable or high-pressure situations
-flexibility and ability to multitask
-assiduous attention to detail and propensity to follow-through with tasks
-team-oriented with an ability to work independently
-proficiency on standard word-processing, spreadsheet and data-entry software such as Microsoft Office Suite
-availability to work on Saturdays
-ability to occasionally work long or unconventional hours, including evenings†

†time off in lieu will be provided to accommodate instances of working longer and unconventional hours

Preferred Assets and Skills:
  • 2-3 years’ experience working in a gallery, community arts, or non-profit organizational setting
  • post-secondary degree or equivalent training in contemporary art, visual, performance, or community arts, art history or a related field
  • a history of active engagement in arts and cultural communities or organizations
  • an interest in contemporary social justice and community issues
  • proficiency on standard graphic, photo, design and layout software such as Adobe Creative Suite
  • experience inputting and updating websites on standard content managements systems such as WordPress

Additional Info and How To Apply:
Or Gallery continues to work towards an inclusive, anti-oppressive, equitable and accessible workplace. Or Gallery’s Anti-Harassment and Community Agreement will be provided at any stage in the recruitment and selection process. Applicants are asked to make their accommodation needs known when they have been contacted for an interview.

Interested candidates are invited to send an email with the subject line: ‘Programme Coordinator’ to The email should include a one-page cover letter and updated résumé as a single PDF attachment. Applications will be accepted until the posting deadline of Monday August 30, 2021.

Or Gallery thanks all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an online interview will be contacted. Please note that this position may be filled prior to the application deadline if a suitable candidate has been identified. References will be requested at the online interview.

Image: Valérie Walker, B.S.S Indigo Blue, 2021 installation in While Black: a forum for speculation on what the gallery can’t hold at the Or Gallery. Photo by Dennis Ha.

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Or Gallery

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

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Gallery hours 12 - 5PM
Tuesday - Saturday

Free Admission