Job Opportunity: Artist in Residence / Gallery Assistant

Artist in Residence / Gallery Assistant
Position funded though the Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage Program

November 16, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Full time (30 hours per week) – $18.00 per hour

Hamilton Artists Inc. is Seeking an Artist in Residence / Gallery Assistant for an 18-week internship supported through Young Canada Works in Building Careers in Heritage. Visual artists working in all mediums, who are interested in working in the artist-run sector, are invited to apply. The position will run from November 16, 2020 through March 31, 2021, at 30 hours per week. Please note, this position will include a two week unpaid break from December 21st 2020 through January 3rd 2021. This position will pay $18 per hour.

This position is a combined artist residency and gallery internship, designed for an emerging artist who has recently graduated from their studies. The successful applicant will split their time between working in the studio and working as a gallery assistant. As part of the residency, the successful candidate will develop a body of work and perform two public artist talks/open studios via an online platform. As Gallery Assistant, they will complete administrative and programming duties relating to the arts centre as assigned. The intern will be supervised by the Programming Director and Executive Director. While studio work may be completed onsite at 155 James St. N., gallery assistant duties will be performed both onsite and remotely. The successful applicant must live in Hamilton/surrounding region or be able to commute. All the necessary tools needed for remote work will be provided.

Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage Eligibility:

An individual may be eligible for an internship if they:

  • Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • Are unemployed or underemployed;
  • Are a college or university graduate;
  • Are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.


  1. Currently working as an emerging visual artist practicing in any medium, actively expanding their body of work.
  2. Recent graduate of a Studio Art, Art History, Curatorial degree (or equivalent) at the Undergraduate or Graduate level (BA, BFA, MA, MFA, PhD).
  3. Computer skills required: proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, social media platforms, Adobe Creative Suite, typing and researching skills. Proficiency with WordPress, Mailchimp, or QuickBooks is an asset but not mandatory.
  4. Intermediate English is required, while other languages are considered an asset.
  5. Excellent knowledge of contemporary art and Canadian artist-run centres.
  6. Excellent written communication skills and proven ability to write critical interpretive texts.
  7. Ability to multitask within a fast-paced environment, autonomously as well as within a team setting.
  8. Availability to work various times of the week, including evenings and weekends.
  9. Self-driven with excellent time management skills in order to balance self-directed studio time as well as a regular schedule as per gallery hours.

To apply, please submit one single PDF that includes the following:

  • Applicant contact information (including full name, address, city, email, phone number)
  • Brief description of your artistic practice (250 words max)
  • Artist biography (100 words max.)
  • CV or resume (maximum 3 pages)
  • Cover letter including that you meet the eligibility requirements of YCW BCH
  • Up to 10 images contextualizing your artistic practice; and/or up to 5 minutes of audio or video (please send Youtube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud links included in your single PDF or Word documents.
  • Please label document LAST NAME_FIRST NAME

Completed applications can be sent to the Selections Committee at

This position is dependent on funding from the Canadian Heritage Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (YCW-BCH)  program and candidate eligibility is stipulated by Young Canada Works graduate grant guidelines (Click here to learn more). Candidates must register online through the YCW website.

The Inc. aspires to be a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment. We are dedicated to social and cultural diversity in our operations and programming and encourage applications from students of diverse communities and backgrounds. The hiring committee is composed of the Executive and Programming Directors whose decisions are informed through a policy and procedures document that considers diversity in the hiring process. Hamilton Artists Inc. is committed to employment equity.

Application deadline: November 1, 2020

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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