The mandate of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (BRG) is to reveal the vital and diverse Indigenous cultures of the Northwest Coast through the extraordinary work of Bill Reid and inspirational contemporary art. We respectfully acknowledge the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples on whose traditional territories we live and work, and all the First Nations of the Pacific Coast.
The Bill Reid Gallery is seeking a Collections Technician to process several important archival collections and new acquisitions related to Bill Reid and his legacy. The Collections Technician will catalogue new collections into the database, including arrangement, preparing descriptions, data entry, scanning and photography. They will also catalogue new acquisitions to the collection, and add catalogue numbers to part of the collection. All items will be added to our searchable online database (billreidgallery.pastperfectonline.com/). In addition, the Collections Technician will help the curator with collections-related aspects of exhibitions and loans, including condition reports and documentation.
The Collections Technician will work onsite at the gallery in a separate office area and within the collections area. The Gallery has a strict set of Covid protocols which will be maintained within the workspace.
Bill Reid (1920-1998) was an acclaimed master goldsmith, carver, sculptor, writer, broadcaster, mentor and community activist. Reid was born in Victoria, BC to a Haida mother and an American father with Scottish German roots, and only began exploring his Haida ancestry at the age of 23. He went on to become one of the most famous and influential Indigenous artists in Canada and internationally.
This will be a great opportunity for a student interested in archival studies and Indigenous art to gain hands on experience in a small non-profit setting. They will receive a concise work experience in a cultural arts organization, training in arts administration, and a chance to learn more about the life and career of Bill Reid. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in some other museum outreach activities, such as National Indigenous Peoples’ Day and community events. The Collections Technician must be organized and detailed oriented and will perform other related duties as required.
Student in the field of library and archival studies, Indigenous studies, museum studies, or curatorial studies
Must be a current student between the ages of 16 and 30 and intend to return to your studies in the fall.
Indigenous students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Good level of computer literacy including spreadsheets, database software, email.
Familiarity with the Rules of Archival Description is an asset
Fluent in English, Indigenous language would be an asset
Knowledge of Northwest Coast art and Indigenous cultural history an asset
Candidates will be chosen on the basis of their skill level and ability, therefore we welcome all applicants regardless of race, gender or disability.
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