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Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga



The Blackwood Gallery is currently inviting applications for contract positions:

Public Art Installation Technicians (full time contracts, various dates August to September 2018)

Exhibition Production Assistant (Young Canada Works summer program, June 4–August 24, 2018).

Throughout Summer 2018, the Blackwood Gallery will be preparing for The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, a large-scale, site-specific exhibition, public program, and publication series designed to expand perspectives on climate change through artistic practices, cultural inquiry, and political mobilization. Over the course of ten days, from September 14–23, 2018, the Southdown Industrial Area in Mississauga will be transformed into a site-specific contemporary art exhibition. With commissioned works by thirteen Canadian and international artists, The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea will create an operatic experience of elemental forces, geopolitical processes, and environmental violence impacting the Earth.

Full program details for The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea will be released in June 2018.



Application Deadline: April 29, 2018

The Blackwood Gallery is seeking experienced art installation technicians to join a crew who will execute prefabrication, production and installation of The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea. The Public Art Installation Technicians will follow exhibition specifications (plans, design illustrations etc.) to build and install large-scale, site-specific artworks and exhibition infrastructure. Technicians will work directly with artists and Blackwood Gallery staff to realize this exhibition.


  • Experience installing public art and/or large-scale, site specific artwork
  • Experience working with contemporary artists and curators
  • Knowledge of workplace safety and best practices for installation/construction sites
  • Ability to problem-solve and adapt to changing situations
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and perform under pressure while ensuring all work is done to the highest standard
  • Ability to manage time and schedules effectively to meet deadlines and achieve goals
  • Experience working with a variety of building materials
  • Experience with all power tools and familiarity with building equipment
  • Familiarity with various installation techniques and technologies
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Detail-orientated and organized
  • Able to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Lift Certification & Working at Heights ideal
  • Must own CSA certified safety footwear. Additional safety gear will be provided.

The following are considered assets:

  • Previous construction/building experience (as well as plumbing, electrical, etc.)
  • Previous experience in festival or event production
  • Experience installing audio-visual or media installations
  • Experience working with concrete fabrication
  • Experience working with and installing truss
  • Hoisting/Rigging training
  • A valid Ontario G, AZ or DZ class licence
  • Access to own vehicle or work vehicle
  • Access to own tools
  • Access to safety gear

Please provide availability for the following periods:
August 13–31
September 1–7
September 8–13 (including the weekend)
September 24–28

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to:

Petrina Ng
Exhibition Coordinator
Blackwood Gallery


Period of Employment: June 4–August 24, 2018
Hourly Wage: $16.00
Hours of Work: 30 hrs/week, some evenings and weekends may be required

Application deadline: April 29, 2018

All applicants must qualify for the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program:

The Exhibition Production Assistant will play a valuable role in assisting with the coordination and production phase of this exhibition project throughout the summer. The successful candidate will assist senior gallery staff and artists in coordinating the production and installation of site-specific commissioned artworks. The incumbent will provide support in sourcing materials, researching logistical installation considerations, provide production assistance prior to installation, and will help develop a plan for maintenance and equipment needs of project sites. They will work closely with visiting artists, our partners at the City of Mississauga’s Environment and Culture Divisions, and various Mississauga communities, providing ample opportunity to network with professionals in many fields.

Throughout the project, the Exhibition Production Assistant will gain experience with implementation of a large-scale, site-specific exhibition, project management, delivery of educational programs and events, and working knowledge of a variety of installation techniques, equipment and audio/visual systems. The Exhibition Production Assistant will also assist in the implementation of public outreach and community uptake around the project including providing occasional support to the project’s publishing and outreach program, The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.

For full responsibilities, qualifications, eligibility and application information, please see the full job posting.

About the Blackwood Gallery

The Blackwood Gallery is a contemporary art gallery situated on the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, and dedicated to open, public research. The Blackwood Gallery presents curated exhibitions featuring the work of local, national, and international professional artists in on-campus gallery spaces, as well as offsite projects throughout Mississauga and the GTA.

For more information, please visit the Blackwood Gallery website.

As part of the University of Toronto Mississauga, the Blackwood Gallery is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea is produced in collaboration with the University of Toronto Mississauga, the City of Mississauga, and K. Verlag.


This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded in part through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

Image: Tim Knowles, Dispersal Zone, 2015. Installed as part of The Work of Wind (pt 1), curated by Christine Shaw for Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2015.


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