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Pushing Boundaries, Call for a Guest Curator

Application Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2023



Pushing Boundaries is a biennial open-call exhibition to showcase emerging local and national contemporary First Nations/Métis/Inuit artists, makers, and craftspeople. This exhibition is designed to celebrate contemporary Indigenous art practices, fusing modern and traditional creative techniques. 

Pushing Boundaries 2023 will be held at CityScape Community ArtSpace from Friday, September 29 – Saturday, November 11, 2023.


Job Description

North Van Arts would like to engage a First Nations/Métis/Inuit Guest Curator to co-curate Pushing Boundaries 2023 alongside North Van Arts. This position will work closely with North Van Arts’ Exhibitions Manager, undertaking artist research, community outreach, adjudication, artist liaison, promotion, and the curatorial display/presentation of Pushing Boundaries 2023.



  • Identify a theme and concept for the 2023 exhibition.
  • Lead artist research, outreach, and engagement with local First Nations/Métis/Inuit artists.
  • Promote the Pushing Boundaries 2023 call among local First Nations/Métis/Inuit artists, as well as the broader Indigenous community.
  • Adjudicate applicants with North Van Arts Executive Director and Exhibitions Manager for Pushing Boundaries 2023.
  • Liaise and communicate with selected exhibiting artists.
  • Liaise and maintain regular communication with North Van Arts’ Exhibition Manager to help facilitate all logistical planning for the exhibition.
  • Assist with the programming and implementing of an interactive component(s) during Pushing Boundaries 2023.
  • With the Exhibitions Manager, curate and coordinate the exhibition display.


  • Experience in curating exhibitions, preferably in a gallery setting.
  • Experience managing projects, working with artists, and coordinating art exhibits and installations.
  • A deep understanding of Indigenous cultures and histories and an ability to bring that knowledge to the curatorial process.
  • Research and writing skills, with the ability to develop compelling exhibition narratives and interpretive materials.
  • Experience with promotion and community outreach within the Indigenous community.
  • An understanding of the ethical and cultural sensitivities involved in working with Indigenous art and cultural objects.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of local contemporary Indigenous artists.
  • A network of emerging, contemporary First Nations/Métis/Inuit artists, makers, and craftspeople.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • A commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts.
  • Fine Arts qualification (advantageous but not essential).



Fixed contract Fee: $2,500. The contract starts May 2023.

Please email a CV and Covering Letter to Saghi Ehteshamzadeh, Exhibition Manager at North Van Arts, by Friday, May 12, 2023.

Email: Saghi@northvanarts.ca

Telephone: 604-988-6844

Please contact North Van Arts for more information.