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January 3, 2022

Curator, Indigenous Art and Culture

Situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory, Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a curatorially driven and research-intensive professional art centre that proudly serves a dual mandate as a leading, internationally recognized public art gallery and as an active pedagogical resource at Queen’s University. By commissioning, researching, stewarding, acquiring and engaging with works of art, and by exhibiting and interpreting visual culture through an intersectional lens, Agnes creates opportunities for participation and exchange across communities, cultures, histories and geographies. The Curator, Indigenous Art and Culture contributes to Agnes’s social, civic and pedagogical role as a cultural change leader that deepens relations, builds trust, advances social justice and enacts the work of Indigenization.

Working in close collaboration as part of a team of curators that report to the Chief Curator, the Curator, Indigenous Art and Culture is responsible for Agnes’s curatorial program, both on- and off-site and through digital platforms, ensuring its vitality and social relevance by researching, writing, and developing exhibitions and related public and community activities within a coherent artistic vision; by producing high-quality, innovative, interpretive material and publications; and by overseeing installation design and effective communication and promotion. The Curator, Indigenous Art and Culture is also responsible for Agnes’s significant collection of art, in particular the care, access, acquisition, research, interpretation and exhibition of Indigenous art from all periods, and its relationship to other collecting areas.

This position acknowledges that Indigenous knowledge and lived community experience are key to Indigenous-led museum practices. The Curator, Indigenous Art and Culture will help to produce and facilitate curatorial programs informed and driven by Indigenous priorities and needs in an institutional setting, along with the required negotiation and relationship-building.

Adhering to evolving museum standards and current trends in community-engaged artistic and curatorial practice, this position plays a sector-defining and influential role that reimagines curatorial work within both a public and an academic setting. The Curator, Indigenous Art and Culture has and maintains awareness of key developments and advancements in decolonial museum work and in the field of Indigenous art, and fosters long-term relationships with scholars, specialists, knowledge keepers and community members, locally, nationally and globally. The Curator, Indigenous Art and Culture also engages with students and faculty across the academic community of Queen’s University and with the wider public, offering periodic talks, seminars and tours, engaging in shared research initiatives, and supervising internships, practica and research studentships.

The schedule for this position requires the incumbent to work flexible hours from time to time in support of Agnes public and academic events.


The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at hradmin@queensu.ca.