Friday, 22 August 2014

Practicum Opportunity with the Banff Centre

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.

Practicum participants are responsible for their own room and board costs and a stipend is provided as a contribution towards the participant's living costs while in the program. Practicum participants are eligible for housing in the Rocky Mountain Co-op (based on availability). Current rates for this accommodation are $8.06 / day (shared) or $16.12 / day (single) and will be deducted from the participant’s stipend payment. Meals at subsidized rates are available in the staff dining room. 

All applicants must submit:
1. Application form and fee: A completed application form including processing fee (fee varies per program and is non-refundable).
2. Cover letter: Submit a one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in the Practicum Program.
3. Curriculum vitae: Include artistic and curatorial activities, as well as education and employment history.
4. Two references: Names and contact details for one artistic/academic, one from a previous employer.
5. List of technical skills: Identify each skill as: beginner, intermediate, advanced.
6. Statement of learning objectives: Outline what you would like to achieve during your program (point form, max. 150 words).
7. Visual support material: Upload 10 samples of your artistic work. Please include title of work, date created, mediums used, and size in the Media section of SlideRoom.
- Image files: up to 5 MB each.
- Video files: up to 60MB each, no longer than 5 minutes in length. You may also link to media found on YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.
- Audio files: up to 30MB each, no longer than 5 minutes in length.
Please note: curators and researchers should submit 3 samples of written work in PDF format (up to 10 MB each).

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