First implemented in 2001, the Works to Work program offers a unique employment opportunity that combines visual art theory with hands-on work experience in the fast-paced setting of The Works Art & Design Festival. This paid certification program includes two streams, each with three progressive levels, in which you can become certified (subject to successful completion).
- The Exhibit and Technology stream provides the learner experience in preparation, art handling, planning, install/dismantle, lighting, sound, construction techniques, inventory, resource management, etc.
- The Curation stream provides the learner experience in curatorial research, registration, reporting, documentation, archiving, communications, curatorial intent, install/dismantle, audience development, and information dissemination. The progressive positions in each of these streams are: Assistant, Coordinator, and Supervisor. The learner can receive certification in one level each summer.
Exhibit Production & Technology Stream
Assistant Level – Candidates in this program will learn to assist in the preparation and handling of the artwork for exhibit production and presentation. The course will cover preparation planning, install/dismantle, light/sound and other technologies including new media, design, presenting/display, basic construction, inventory methods, teamwork and safety.
Coordinator Level – Candidates at this level will advance the skills acquired at the Assistant level, and develop skills in the following areas: on-going planning, reporting and liaising with staff, volunteers, venue operators, artists, and other arts organizations. Other areas of development will be budgeting, inventories, design, install/dismantle, shipping/receiving, and insurance/customs brokerage.
Supervisor Level – Candidates at this level will be given the skills to supervise/manage the Exhibit Production & Technology team. The learner will cover exhibit production from creative conception through construction/exhibition to final evaluation. This advanced position will be the conduit between the exhibition team and The Works. This will provide the visual arts communicator with a highly specialized learning opportunity in a one of a kind environment.
Assistant Level – Candidates in this program will learn to assist with requirements in the area of development of exhibit content and presentation. This course will cover curatorial research, registration, reporting, documentation, archiving, communicating curatorial intent, install/dismantle, audience development, and information gathering/dissemination.
Coordinator Level – This course will advance the skills of the candidate in the areas of exhibit content and presentation. Skills in research, conceptualization, critical/creative writing, and public relations will be included. Further development in the animation of the artwork is key to this level of certification.
Supervisor Level – This leadership candidate will be given the skills to supervise/manage the Curatorial team. The learner will cover the theoretical underpinnings of the field of curation. This learning opportunity will be provided within an international artistic venue. This advanced position will be the conduit between the Curatorial team and The Works.
Note: Course time in each level will be 46 hours. These hours will be within the summer position and will require some home study.
To apply to the Works to Work program, please send a resume and cover letter indicating which stream you would like to participate in to:
10635 – 95th St. NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 2C3
Attn: Amber Rooke
fax to: (780) 426-4673
For more information please call: (780) 426-2122 ext. 226