Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:15am

Ignite Gallery represents the current creative voice of OCAD University students and recent graduates through exhibitions, events and community programs.

Located in Kensington Market, Ignite Gallery is currently recruiting IWSP-eligible Student Monitors for the Fall/Winter term to serve as front-line staff informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, to supervise the gallery, responsible for opening and closing procedures and assist with install takedown and special events programming. 

Reporting to the Community Coordinator, Ignite Gallery, the Ignite Gallery Student Monitor will: 

  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events and general gallery and OCAD U information. 
  • Assist with installation and take-down of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls and hanging wall labels, comfort on a ladder is an asset. 
  • Track daily attendance and log the data using excel software.
  • Social media updates on Instagram and Facebook
  • Perform opening and closing procedures including: using the security alarm, turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping the gallery tidy and locking all doors. 
  • Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and events, such as the opening reception, where duties may include: setup and takedown of chairs and tables, serving food, selling drinks and taking photographs. 
  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order and all gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate) and notify other staff as needed. 
  • Perform administrative tasks including, basic graphic design, writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenishes gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed. 
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Community Coordinator and Gallery System management. 


  • Eligible for the Institutional Work Study Plan (IWSP)*
  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student 
  • Interest in contemporary art and design 
  • Able to work with power tools and on ladders
  • Comfortable in a public speaking role 
  • Strong verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment 
  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public 
  • Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts 
  • Looking for someone who is engaged with the arts, genuine, fun, reliable and committed to helping a small gallery thrive.


  • Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment 
  • Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
  • Smart Serve certified 
  • Graphic design skills or competence in creative suite

Duration: start the week of September 3rd to February 2020 with the possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period 

Rate of pay: $15.68 per hour (which includes pay in lieu of vacation and benefits)

Schedule: 1-2 regular weekly shifts to be determined, resulting in between 5-10 hours/week, depending on availability 

Vacancies: 4

Please submit the following to Morgan Mavis, Community Coordinator, at ignitegallery@ocadu.ca

  • a cover letter
  • resume
  • your IWSP eligibility confirmation for the Fall/Winter

*Institutional Work Study consists of part-time employment for students on or near campus while they are enrolled in a program of instruction, to supplement OSAP assistance received by students, or to assist other students with demonstrated financial need.

Students must meet the following criteria in order to apply for the IWSP:

  • Be an Undergraduate or Graduate student at OCAD U during the 2018 Fall/Winter
  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person
  • Be Ontario resident or out-of-province student and have submitted an error-free loan application 
  • Be registered in full-time studies (as defined by OSAP) during the 2018/19 fall/winter semester; for the summer session students must be registered in at least 0.5 credits
  • Demonstrate financial need (priority is given to OSAP students; out of province students will only be considered if funds are available)  
  • Note: if you are an out-of-province student, you must attach a copy of your loan/student aid assessment document showing federal/provincial funding.
  • Note: if you are restricted from OSAP or out-of-province loans, please visit the Financial Aid & Awards Office in person to meet with an advisor to discuss your restriction.

For more information on the IWSP program, please visit the Student Employment webpage here.

Applications will be accepted until midnight, August 20th 2019

Interviews August 28th & 29th

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions




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Ontario Association of Art Galleries & Young Canada Works at OCAD U

Ontario Association of Art Galleries & Young Canada Works at OCAD
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Get your foot in the door at galleries, heritage centres, the cultural sector!

The Young Canada Works (YCW) program offers a variety of summer jobs and internships for you to develop work skills and gain professional experience. There are about 2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, and culture!

On April 15th, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) will be visiting OCAD U to introduce their organization and the Young Canada Works (YCW) program.

OCAD U Photo grad Morgan Sears Williams will also join us to share her experience as a former YCW recipient and how this led to her current full-time job.

Following the presentations, the CEAD will be hosting a resume writing workshop. We will be going over helpful tips to aid you in building a resume just in time for summer jobs and internships. Please come with your laptop and a physical copy of your most recent resume.

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Our Vision of the Future:
The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) will be an essential and sustainable art service organization serving Public Art galleries.

OAAG will be recognized as a leader in Canada’s cultural sector, whose voice is respected and trusted by stakeholders. OAAG will be enterprising in its delivery of services that members value. It will enable member connections through a state of the art digital platform. Members will be in ongoing contact with each other, to share resources and to develop the capacity of each individual and organization. OAAG and its partners will provide relevant, groundbreaking professional development courses to members.

Our long term vision is when our members and the entire public art gallery sector are thriving, art galleries will be contributing to the well-being of their communities through innovation and inspirations to move beyond the status quo. The art gallery as a site of learning will be at the centre of civic conversations, fostering curiosity and understanding. Galleries of all sizes occupy beautiful, functional facilities (physical and virtual) that inspire and display new creative forms. Galleries are sustainable because they are supported by members of the community and all levels of government.

Our Mission:
Through advocacy, professional development, and network-building, OAAG advances and empowers Ontario public art galleries.



Young Canada Works (YCW) offers young Canadians the opportunity to develop work skills and gain professional experience. Through summer job programs and internship programs, students and recent graduates can put their skills to the test, build career equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path. YCW creates about 2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, culture and official languages.



Established in 2013, the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) sits alongside the other student-focused departments in the portfolio of the Vice-Provost, Students & International at OCAD U.

The CEAD is committed to supporting the early-career advancement of all students and recent alumni at OCAD U. Our team delivers specialized programs and services that connect individuals to
meaningful opportunities, communities of practitioners, skill-building resources and facilitated learning experiences.

The work of the CEAD is delivered across our Career Development and Experiential Learning Program portfolios. We are located on level 3 of OCAD University’s newly renovated Rosalie Sharp Pavilion for Experiential Learning at 115 McCaul Street.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Level 3, Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, OCAD University