Martha Street Studio Seeks Professional Programming Coordinator

photo by Calvin Joseph

Deadline to apply, June 1st, 2021

JOB POSTING: Professional Programming Coordinator
Category: Part-time, permanent (0.7)
Position rate: $17/hr @ 21hrs/week – with extended health benefits
Application Deadline: June 1st, 2021
To apply, submit CV (or equivalent) and cover letter to 

MPA-MSS acknowledges the barriers within the artist-run sector and our organization that affect applicants from equity-seeking groups. We encourage applications from people historically underrepresented in our sector, more specifically, people who identify as gender diverse, Queer, 2-spirit, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Official-Language Minority, and Persons with Disabilities. MPA-MSS is committed to providing a safer and supportive work environment that mitigates barriers to equity and the challenges of precarious labour.


General Responsibilities: The development, coordination and delivery of all aspects of the studio’s gallery and professional programming activities. 
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Volunteers


-Experience in the field of artist-run center culture and or arts organization administration.
-Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with artists.
-Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.
-Excellent organizational skills.
-Proficiency in a variety of software (Word, Excel, Photoshop, InDesign) and social media platforms (mailchimp, instagram, facebook).
-Ability to prioritize tasks, work independently and exhibit sound judgment.

-Ability to work in a busy, shared office space and share general customer service tasks (answering the phone, processing sales, engaging with studio visitors)

-Experience in install / strike of exhibitions.


Tasks involved in Professional Programming – Exhibitions:

·       Coordinate yearly professional exhibition schedule

·       Coordinate critical writing, hired writer, layout and printing of exhibition brochure

·       organize pick-up/delivery of artwork for exhibition

·       organize and promote annual call for exhibition submissions

·       sustain focused outreach for call for exhibition submissions

·       communicate all relevant details to exhibiting artists

·       organize artist talks as budget allows

·       coordinate ASL interpretation and other accessibility requests for artist talks

·       promote professional programming to media, on website and through emails 

·       organize hospitality for exhibition openings

·       provide information about upcoming professional programming and events for newsletter, members

·       attend professional programming exhibition openings, artist talks, etc.

·       Curate/coordinate one exhibition per year in consultation with Executive Director

Tasks involved in Professional Programming – other:

·       Liaise with other organizations for the purpose of joint programming

·       organize and promote annual call for residency submissions

·       sustain focused outreach for call for residency submissions

·       communicate all relevant details to residency artists (incoming and outgoing)

·       organize off-site events, exhibitions when required

·       organize and promote annual call for U of M summer student scholarship.

·       contribute to and maintain archive for professional programming for the purposes of granting and promotion: archive of exhibition ephemera, digital photos of events and exhibitions, Studio Editions archives, archives from artists in residence, digital and print archive of press about MPA

Tasks involved in Art Sales:


·       Marketing, promotion of artwork

·       Seek out artists, make and maintain connections to artists towards consignment

·       Manage consignment items on Webstore and in Print Shop: capturing images and information for inventory system

·       Create and maintain contracts and records for artwork on consignment

·       Annual inventory of artwork on consignment

·       make and maintain connections to buyers

·       assist with inquiries regarding artwork for sale

·       framing: liaise between client and framers, arrange drop-off, pick-up, quotes and client billing where appropriate

·       keep print sales area and flat files clean and organized.

·       seek out and apply for MSS representation at art fairs, coordinate artwork and staff towards art fairs.

Tasks involved in Studio Editions Program:

·       invite Manitoba artists to collaborate with an MSS technician to produce a Studio Edition

·       coordinate with artist and technician to determine edition size, price, launch date, etc

·       maintain Studio Edition Artist contracts and records

·       work towards producing up to 3 Editions per year 

·       marketing of Studio Editions and Studio Editions Raffle, including coordinating with third parties as applicable

·       yearly inventory of MSS editioned works

·       maintain Studio Editions section on Webstore: capturing images and information for inventory system and archives.


Martha Street Studio is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented, LGBTQ2, new immigrant, disability and Indigenous communities to apply. It is the Manitoba Printmakers Association’s policy to hire employees solely on the basis of the ability of the applicant to do the job. MPA will make every effort to provide additional adaptations and professional supports to accomplish tasks and responsibilities for successful candidates identifying those specific needed accommodations.


“Unparalleled, accessible facilities and education in the print arts”


The Manitoba Printmakers Association maintains the heritage of excellence in printmaking while advancing artists and innovation through technique, education and community engagement at its sustainable Martha Street Studio facility.


MPA encourages innovation in printmaking and education while maintaining a standard of excellence and our printmaking heritage.

MPA is an open and inclusive environment which engages actively with the community through education and outreach and welcomes new and long-term artists from many disciplines.

MPA is sensitive to diversity, individuality and its place in the community, which is realized in the way we treat our members, each other and our partners.

MPA supports artists, encourages their growth and well-being, and acts as a stable hub for excellence in printmaking practice, international networking and promotion of work.

MPA believes in the education and mentorship of artists, creating printmaking experiences for the community, and informing the public about our tradition and activities.

MPA is a fiscally responsible organization, committed to ensuring that its operations and diverse programming remain viable in the long-term. 

Hours, Location, Accessibility:Our hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm, and Saturday* 12 – 5 pm.
*closed Saturdays of long weekendsMartha Street Studio is located at 11 Martha Street. A loading zone is located on the street at the front of the building. Martha Street Studio is an accessible space with a lift and two accessible gender-neutral washrooms located on the second floor. 

May 11, 2021