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Art Handler
Art Handler
Federation of Canadian Artists
Post Date: 28 Jan 2022

JOB OVERVIEW

Deadline: 

Until Filled

Organization Description: 

We’re a small tight-knit team, working together to meet and build upon the visions of our founders, members of The Group of Seven who established our organization in 1941. Our office environment is a professional, supportive and enjoyable. We’re passionate about our work and supportive of each other.

The Federation’s purpose is to provide support and services to emerging and professional artists as they forge their way and hone their practice. We do this through the provision of exhibition, education and networking opportunities.

Job Description: 

Our amazing Art Handler is leaving to pursue their work in technical theatre, so we’re looking for someone new to join our team! The Art Handler cares for artwork as it makes its way through its journey with our gallery, working closely with Sales Team and reporting to the Gallery Manager.

The Art Handler is an integral part of helping us provide our services. As Art Handler, your main responsibilities include the safe receiving and handling of fragile artwork, as well as supporting your team with receiving and organizing valuable artwork. 

Administrative tasks, such as maintaining inventory records and condition reports, as well as processing payments for shipments are also be a part of your responsibilities. The Art Handler provides return delivery services to artists once exhibitions have ended, or to clients once artworks have sold. You will work closely with the Gallery Manager to ensure artworks have arrived on time for exhibitions and be an important player in installing and uninstalling exhibitions under the direction of the Fine Art Consultant.

Applicants must be available to work weekends. Our exhibition rotations happen every two – three weeks on Sunday afternoons, so weekend availability is imperative! The Art Handler also provides temporary relief for our Fine Art Consultant during busy weekends in the gallery, greeting visitors at the front desk.

A good candidate would be a team player, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and have experience with handling and packing fine art.

Responsibilities: 

• Gallery and back room maintenance, development and repairs
• Installing and maintaining light fixtures and gallery displays
• Bi-Annual painting of the gallery
• Inventory management
• Carefully unpacking received artwork and making note of how it was packed to return artwork in the same way as it was received from delivering artists
• Handling artwork and storing it carefully to avoid damage and make for easy retrieval 
• Informing the Gallery Manager of late or missing deliveries 
• Preparing artwork for display – this might include small repairs, framing, mounting, wiring and labelling objects
• Recording the condition in which artwork is received in, generating condition reports and flagging and photographing any damage 
• Informing artists of damage by sending detailed photographs and working with the artist and Gallery Manager to either repair or return the artwork
• Invoicing and collecting payments from artists for framing or repair work
• Assist in installing and uninstalling exhibitions, including wall patching, sanding and spot painting
• Refiling artwork for expedient in-person pickup
• Securing and handling fragile items for return delivery / transportation
• Repacking artwork for return, building custom boxes as necessary
• Ensuring that artwork reaches clients or artists safely
• Light maintenance such as replacing lightbulbs, moving plinths, recycling excess packaging.

Qualifications: 

• Previous experience as an Art Handler or an Art Technician, ideally a fine art shipping company gallery, auction house or museum setting is preferred
• Previous high quality art handling skills, including furniture and large sculptures, 
• You will be required to display strong fine art handling, packing and uninstallation skills
• A flexible team player, who has excellent time management capabilities, strong organizational and problem solving skills are essential
• Proficient computer and administration skills are required
• The ability to work individually, while contributing to a team environment are essential
• Framing experience and artwork restoration experience is not necessary but a considerable asset

How to Apply: 

Email [email protected] with your resume, cover letter and subject heading “Art Handler Application”

Remuneration: 

$17.00 per hour

Contact Name: Helen Duckworth
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: (604) 681-8534

JOB DETAILS

Location
Vancouver, Canada

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