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Job Opening : Nordic Lab Director


Position: Nordic Lab Director
Organization: Galerie SAW Gallery

Job Type
This is a full-time permanent position located in Ottawa.

$50,000, plus benefits and international travel opportunities

Closing Date for Applications
February 7, 2020

Start Date of Position
March 2, 2020 (negotiable)

This position is open to applicants who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

About Galerie SAW Gallery

Founded in Ottawa in 1973, Galerie SAW Gallery is a non-profit artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. Today, with its strong focus on outreach and community development, Galerie SAW Gallery boasts an annual audience of over 30,000 people. The centre’s risk-taking exhibition program presents the work of many artists who are not often considered by other Canadian art institutions. An evolving space comprised of its exhibition galleries, the Nordic Lab, Club SAW and the SAW outdoor courtyard, the centre is an ideal venue for the presentation of performance, media art and new artistic practices. Located in Canada’s National Capital region, SAW actively participates in political discourse around cultural diversity, the rights of artists and freedom of expression. SAW acknowledges and upholds the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

About the Nordic Lab

Slated to open in the summer of 2020, the Nordic Lab is an initiative of Galerie SAW Gallery in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts. A research and production space for artists from circumpolar nations, the Nordic Lab will be an integral part of Galerie SAW Gallery's newly expanded 15,000-square-foot centre in downtown Ottawa. In addition to programs in Ottawa, the Nordic Lab will forge collaborations and promote exchanges between Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in the North and partners in Scandinavia and other circumpolar nations.

Job Profile

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Nordic Lab Director will be responsible for initiating, researching, developing and implementing the Nordic Lab’s various programs (residencies, exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, performances and off-site projects). The Nordic Lab Director will develop new programs that bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, practitioners and learners to advance contemporary Indigenous artistic expression in Canada and internationally, and respond to calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The Nordic Lab Director will work within allocated budgets and also identify potential external funding sources including organizational and corporate partners, cultural agencies, foundations and others to supplement existing resources where possible. The incumbent will provide supervision to a changing team of contract staff, interns, work-study students and volunteers.


- Minimum of three years of experience in the cultural sector;
- College or university degree in Indigenous Studies, Curatorial Studies, Studio Arts or Art History, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
- Specialized knowledge of Indigenous art with a broad understanding of Canadian and international contemporary art practices;
- Knowledge and understanding of current realities facing Northern Indigenous communities;
- Experience working with Indigenous communities;
- Interest in working in a multidisciplinary environment with a strong focus on diversity and experimentation;
- Demonstrated exceptional oral and written communication skills, and experience in the production of exhibition and promotional texts;
- Experience in managing project budgets and grant writing;
- Ability to work under direction and in a team environment;
- Superior organizational skills with the ability to multitask and manage a hectic schedule, demanding deadlines and overlapping timelines;
- Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint, Excel and Word;
- The ability to speak an Indigenous language and/or fluency in both French and English would be an asset.

How to Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter, a copy of your résumé, and one to three writing samples to info@galeriesawgallery.com by Friday, February 7, 2020.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.


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