The VAV Gallery: Paid Position, Archivist Call-out



The VAV Gallery is now seeking a student for an archivist position



The VAV (Visual Arts Visuels) Gallery is a student-run exhibition space, supported by a Concordia Fine Arts Undergraduate student fee levy. Concordia students of all identities and levels of experience are encouraged to participate. Concordia is located on Kanien’kehá:a traditional territory.


The VAV Gallery is currently seeking a Fine Arts Undergraduate Student to fill the position of an Archivist.


For inclusion and representation, the VAV Gallery encourages BIPOC students in the Fine Arts community to submit and prioritizes their applications equitably.

Deadline to Apply: Monday, January 3rd, 2022 @ 11:59 PM

Contract term
  • January 10th, 2022 to April 30th, 2022


Key Responsibilities and Tasks
  • Arrange and digitalize existing physical archival materials
  • Update archival materials on the VAV’s website
  • Curate an exhibition to be displayed at the end of the contract period (summer 2022) that showcases archival collections and recounts a narrative of the 23-year history of the VAV

Qualifications and who can apply
  • Concordia Fine Arts Undergraduate students
  • Experience in digitizing physical materials is an asset
  • Knowledge of digital archival programs an asset
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Independent worker used to working with deadlines


Support
  • Hourly wage: $15/hour
  • Hours/week: 8-12 hours/week


How to apply
  • Submit CV and Cover Letter, each in .PDF format

Submit here


  • All candidates, whether to be interviewed or not, will be contacted prior to Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 after their applications have been reviewed by the VAV coordinators.
  • If you encountered any technical difficulties while trying to submit your application, contact us at vav.board@gmail.com

More About the Position

The archival assistant will assist with the digitization of physical archival materials and organization of digital archival materials at the VAV. The assistant will work on this project throughout the winter 2022 semester. Their contract term will culminate in an exhibition of select archival materials that the assistant will curate throughout the term. The exhibition will tell the story of the VAV’s 23-year history, making connections between the various themes tackled in exhibitions throughout the years and highlighting relevant ties to our current moment.

Employment Equity



BIPOC Equity

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are disproportionately excluded from arts spaces, especially in leadership roles. Thus, the VAV would like to uplift and prioritize BIPOC applicants who choose to be considered for Equity. BIPOC applications will also be given special priority over self-identified White Equity applications. The VAV would like to acknowledge that our Equity processes in the past have failed to sufficiently distinguish between BIPOC applicants and White applicants who might identify with some other equity factors listed below. While we would like to uplift all marginalized identities, whiteness carries immense privileges which have historically shielded white artists from the exceptional marginalization that BIPOC artists have faced from arts institutions.

Equity

The VAV Gallery values the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to our organization. We encourage, among others, people with disabilities, neurodivergent individuals, people who identify as LGBTQI, formerly incarcerated or institutionalized people, immigrants, and people from working class backgrounds to apply. If you would like to be considered for Equity, please indicate so in your application.

We also understand that applicants may experience a number of these identities simultaneously in ways that reinforce and nuance their experience. We are committed to creating an organization as diverse as the communities we serve.

While it is not required that candidates explain why they would like to be considered for exhibition equity, please feel free to speak to any relevant lived experiences in your responses.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the VAV: vav.board@gmail.com