New - Practicum opportunity at Walter Phillips Gallery

Calling aspiring arts administrators! Gain practical experience in the Walter Phillips Gallery.

The Walter Phillips Gallery Preparatorial Practicum program enables the participant to engage in hands-on opportunities working alongside the gallery’s curator and preparator. Direct mentorship and support is provided throughout the program to develop the participant’s skills in preventative conservation, art handling, installation techniques, and environmental conditions (including appropriate humidity, temperature, and lighting levels). The Practicum participant will also have the opportunity to develop expertise in crate building, art packing, and framing of artwork, and will assist in the storage, packing, and unpacking of artworks relating to the Walter Phillips Gallery exhibitions and permanent collection.                                

Learning opportunities also arise through attendance at formal and informal lectures, workshops, and discussion groups. The practical experience portion will primarily focus on activities that complement the participant’s learning objectives through the various opportunities associated with the real and ongoing activities of the Walter Phillips Gallery.  

Benefits to participants include enhanced decision-making and problem-solving skills, as well as communication, critical thinking and teamwork. In addition to the work component of the program, outside of exhibition installation periods, participants have one day each week that is dedicated to their personal research activities as outlined in their learning objectives.  

This Practicum placement is appropriate for recent graduates of studio-based programs, as well as individuals wishing to leave their current work world or formal advanced studies for a period of time to gain professional experience and expand and develop their careers and capabilities. This program requires full-time commitment and independent thinking.

Eligibility: Candidates for the Preparatorial Practicum must possess a foundation in studio art, art history or museum studies with some previous experience working with tools and building materials.  As this program exceeds 6 months in length, enrollment is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. This is due to changes made by the Government of Canada to international student visa regulations, effective June 1, 2014.

Program dates: October 13, 2014 - October 16, 2015

Application deadline: August 27, 2014

Note: the Arts Practicum Program is unpaid, but participants will receive a living allowance of $425 per week.

For more information: http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1520