Forest City Gallery Director

Date Posted: Feb 13, 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2020
Start Date: Apr 06, 2020

Hourly From: $20/hr To $25/hr
Province: Ontario
Region: London Area
City: London
Employee Benefits: Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
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Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Forest City Gallery
Forest City Gallery (FCG) is an artist-run centre founded on artistic autonomy with a commitment to excellence in programming exhibitions and events that reflect and address recent developments in cultural production. FCG serves to foster and support contemporary art, promoting dialogue amongst local, regional, and international arts communities. FCG represents artists of all disciplines and career levels with a focus on emergent artists and practices.  

Job Description

Forest City Gallery (FCG) is a community of artists who thrive off creative interplay and foster relationships between artists at all stages of their career, with a particular emphasis on supporting emerging artists. Situated in London, Ontario, FCG was founded on the principles of artistic autonomy and a celebration of its regional context. FCG is committed to extending the discourse between established and experimental art forms, responding to the rich history of artistic production in the region, and advancing relevant contemporary practices in visual/media arts, performance, literature, and music. We invite qualified applicants to apply for the position of Gallery Director.


  • Implement the Gallery's artistic programming and administrative operations;

  • Articulate the organization’s vision, mission, and goals; 

  • Strategize and produce all operating, project grants, and final reports with municipal, provincial, and national funding agencies to maintain a healthy, transparent budget with the Gallery’s bookkeeper and Treasurer;

  • Research and identify new funding opportunities, as well as maintain and grow the organization’s donor base and fundraising capacities;

  • Direct the development implementation of diverse programming in all areas of visual arts, media arts, and writing through collaboration with the programming committee;

  • Work with the Hear Here committee to curate and organize music events highlighting local and Canadian musical acts;

  • Coordinate all exhibition logistics, including shipping, budgeting, transportation, and travel activities of visiting artists and their works;

  • Oversee and schedule support for exhibitions installation, including activities related to auxiliary events, such as media screenings, and literary and music events;

  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator to manage and schedule volunteers;

  • Implement and organize all gallery events and community outreach initiatives, including opening receptions, Hear Here shows, lectures, screenings, and fundraising events; 

  • Work with Fundraising Chair to develop and implement fundraising strategies and events;

  • General administrative management activities, including correspondence with exhibiting artists, speakers, submission applications, members, and donors;

  • Network and liaise with advocacy groups locally, provincially, and nationally;

  • Maintain a clean, well-organized, safe working environment. Planning for future facility needs.



  • A minimum of two years experience (or equivalent) in the leadership of an artist-run space, public art gallery, or cultural institution with a proven track record of successful management;

  • Record of successful fundraising and development including grant writing with Arts Councils, donors, and crowdfunding;

  • An advanced degree or equivalent experience in fine arts, arts administration, curatorial studies, art history, or visual culture;

  • Exemplary knowledge of contemporary art practices, CARFAC Canada & Ontario, and an understanding of artist-run culture;

  • Strong commitment to community, inclusivity, and equity;

  • Demonstrated successful budgetary and financial experience within a cultural institution in the nonprofit sector;

  • Knowledge of Indigenous and First Nations arts programming;

  • Excellent verbal skills, written communication skills, and proven ability to work within groups/committees;

  • Ability to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings, and holidays when necessary;

  • Proficiency in various computer programs including Microsoft Office and Google Drive with working knowledge of Adobe Suite an asset;

  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of digital platforms, social media, and web development for contemporary cultural institutions;

  • Confidence in the handling of artworks, shipping, and installation of exhibitions. 

How to Apply:

Please merge the following documents in a single PDF and email to with the subject line “Application: Forest City Gallery Director.”

  • Cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position

  • CV

  • The names and contact details of three references 

  • 1-2 examples of writing which can include past grant proposals, press releases, or arts-related content (sensitive information can be redacted)

(References will only be contacted if the candidate is shortlisted.)

All questions can be directed to the email above. 

FCG encourages applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of FCG. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.


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