Conservation Fellow, Frames

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Art Gallery of Ontario
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Sunday, 30 January, 2022 - 00:00

2 Year, Full Time Fellowship (35 hours per week)

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) brings people together with art to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. AGO celebrates creativity, advocates for artists and shape the conversation about art in our local and international communities. AGO connects to the world through collaborative and innovative partnerships which provide opportunities to share fresh ideas and discover new voices. As a not-for-profit, we are a unique and complex organization, funded by self-generated revenues and government investment.

If you are seeking a dynamic, multi-faceted work environment then the position of Conservation Fellow, Frames may be the right position for you.

Under the direction of the Manager, Frames Project and Senior Visiting Conservator of Frames, the Fellow will receive advanced training in conservation and will support conservation activities at the AGO.

The placement provides an advanced training experience essential to the development of a conservation emerging professional. Applicants should have at least one year of experience, preferably in a museum setting, beyond completion of the master's degree in fine art conservation, following graduation.

Learning Objectives (Activities)
Under supervision of the Manager, Frames Project and Senior Visiting Conservator of Frames, the Conservator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and the Senior Framer, the fellow will participate in the following activities with assigned works from the AGO permanent collection:

• Assessment, condition reporting and documentation of frames
• Involvement in discussion of historical framing trends and styles
• Adaptation of frames for use with the AGO permanent collection
• Development of frame restoration and treatment protocol
• Executing and documenting treatment
• Opportunities to explore other wood and gilt objects in the collection
• Participation in daily activities of Conservation Department and Frame Shop

The Ideal Candidate
• Must have recently graduated with a master's degree from a recognized conservation training program.
• Candidate must be a Canadian citizen, or currently eligible to work in Canada, or eligible to work in Canada through SWAP or International Experience Canada (First preference given to Canadians and those currently eligible to work in Canada)
• Good theoretical and practical experience in conservation
• Excellent woodworking skills
• High level of competency with wood shop tools and equipment
• Knowledge of historical framing styles and trends
• Good hand skill and visual discrimination abilities
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

Benefits to Fellow
• This fellowship provides advanced training in Conservation that is necessary for an emerging professional to successfully pursue a career in Conservation. Close mentoring by AGO Conservation staff will help supplement conservation training and refine skills at a high level.


• The successful candidate will receive a CAD $55,000/year stipend plus $4000/year professional development and research allowance.

Application materials
• Please describe your interest in a conservation career in general, a conservation specialization in frames in particular, and how your experience to date will support you in the role of the Fellow.
• Curriculum vitae including a list of two references as 1 pdf.
• Three conservation treatments uploaded along with your resume (one document). A conservation research project may be substituted for one of treatment projects.

This fellowship will take place on-site at the AGO with an expected start date in spring 2022.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is located at: 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1G4

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO's Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.