The Role of Listening in Storytelling
Call for Artists

Application deadline: May 16, 2021, 11:59 pm MST

Lougheed House is a house of story. A place where we engage individuals and community in meaningful ways to share and honour our diverse experiences. We innovate, interpret, and explore the many dimensions of our past, while fostering dialogue about our future.

As a heritage site, Lougheed House is grappling with issues of whose stories we are telling and who is doing the telling. We are working to create a museum space that is inclusive and representative of our diverse community and history. As we have asked Calgarians to entrust us with their stories, we have been considering the question of what it means to be a listener and a receiver of stories.

Lougheed House is seeking proposals for a temporary public artwork or intervention that embodies the theme of listening.

The artwork could surprise, delight, or even confound the viewer, but should be created and installed in a way that encourages engagement and participation in the work. This could be through a physical reaction, an instruction, an idea, or a suggestion. If the artist wants the viewer to physically engage with the work, health and safety protocols must be considered.

Artists are encouraged to visit the site at 707-13 Avenue SW before submitting their proposal. The artwork or intervention should take place on the Lougheed House grounds, which are bounded by 13 and 14 Avenues SW to the north and south, 6 Street SW to the east, and the parking lots to the west. All work will take place outdoors to comply with current public health guidelines.

The work should be site-specific and should take into consideration the physicality of the site as well as the weather and natural environment. As interventions in a public space, the artworks will be exposed to the elements as well as to the general public. Lougheed House will advise on the installation and display of the artworks to ensure compliance with the site requirements.

Design Requirements:
• Artists should be aware that any materials or objects that are used in the work are used onsite at the artist’s risk of damage or theft. The artwork will be placed in a public space with limited security oversight.
• Designs must be robust enough to be on exhibit for the summer months (June 24 to September 6). If natural decay or deterioration is part of the artwork, the timeline must still be considered.
• Artists are to be mindful of the potential waste factor in their design and are encouraged to be as environmentally conscious as possible.
• If a design requires securing to the ground, please know that staking is not permitted so surface weights will be necessary.
• Artworks cannot include an open flame or heat source of any kind.
• All designs will be reviewed to ensure that they adhere to Lougheed House’s Site Safety and Heritage Safety protocols. Modifications to a design may be requested to adhere to these protocols. Artists are encouraged to call or email Caroline Loewen in advance of submitting their proposal if they have any questions about site specific requirements.

This call is open to student artists and professional artists at any stage in their career.

Interested artists are asked to send submissions in writing which include:
• a description of the proposed artwork or intervention;
• an artist’s statement which puts the work in the context of the project as described;
• digital images if available (no more than five and no larger than 1 MB each);
• the name and contact information of the artist, including a brief CV (no longer than two pages).

Application deadline: May 16, 2021
Notification of results: May 21, 2021
Installation: June 21, 22 and/or 23, 2021
Exhibition: June 24 – September 6, 2021

Artists will be paid a fee of $2617. This fee includes an artist’s fee for a solo project ($1801), a full day of preparation fees ($357), and full day of installation fees ($459) determined according to the CARFAC Minimum Fee Schedule. The full fee is inclusive of travel or material costs.

For more information on the Lougheed House, please go to lougheedhouse.com or visit us at 707-13 Avenue SW, Calgary AB. For questions about the project or your submission, please contact Caroline Loewen by email.

Submissions should be sent by May 16, 2021 by email to:
Caroline Loewen, Curator
cloewen (AT) lougheedhouse.com


Close up shot of red, blue, purple, and pink stained glass window, with two circular handpainted images of birds.

Stained glass window at Lougheed House featuring birds | LHCS

Opportunity to Join the Lougheed House Board of Directors

Application deadline: May 19, 2021, 11:59 pm MST

The Lougheed House Conservation Society is presently looking for a few caring, enthusiastic, and action oriented individuals to help write the next chapter of the history of Lougheed House as volunteers on the Board of Directors. Preference will be given to individuals with a strong interest and background in one or more of the following areas:

Board Governance, information technology, history & culture, marketing, finance, fund development, and social enterprise.

Term from June 16, 2021 to June 18, 2024
4-8 hours/monthly

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume by May 19, 2021 to:
Kirstin Evenden, Executive Director
kevenden (AT) lougheedhouse.com

Coloured image of stately home in with brown bricks and brown roof.

Lougheed House | 2020 | Photography by Chris Stutz


Curatorial Assistant – Museum (Summer Student)

Application deadline: May 17, 2021, 5:00 pm MST

It is an exciting time to join Lougheed House as we continue to grow as a cultural hub for Calgary. We are evolving our organization and are looking for an individual interested in being a part of this journey.  Lougheed House was built in 1891 and is a Provincial and National Historic Site. Designed by Ottawa architect James R. Bowes for Senator James and Isabella Lougheed, it is one of the earliest surviving mansions of its kind on the Canadian prairies today.

Located in the Beltline community of Calgary amid several acres of heritage gardens and green space, the House is also an accredited museum and significant Calgary landmark. It features a regular exhibition program, hosts events, tours, and provides learning opportunities for visitors of all ages.

The Lougheed House Conservation Society is seeking a knowledgeable, innovative and highly motivated individual to be the Curatorial Assistant for the Lougheed House National & Provincial Historic Site. The successful candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated and creative person. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills as well as respect for, and the ability to work with, diverse populations. The Curatorial Assistant will be responsible for assisting with various museum tasks such as programming, interpretation, and collections management.

Please note that due to COVID-19, this job will take place both online and in-person dependent on local public health regulations. Candidates must be willing to work remotely. Lougheed House will provide a laptop and email address for use, as well as access to the Lougheed House SharePoint environment. The candidate is responsible for providing a reliable internet connection.


  • Collections management duties including inventories, accessioning, cataloguing and photographing artifacts, and arranging archival materials
  • Reorganization and location tracking of artifacts in the storage areas
  • Entering collections records, photographs, and locations into a collections management database
  • Develop and provide occasional guided interpretive tours of the House and gardens
  • Assist with researching and planning of exhibits and programs
  • Help in delivery of programs and special events (may include occasional evenings or weekends)
  • Address any questions visitors may have and provide additional interpretation of the House and exhibits when appropriate
  • Monitor the front desk, gift shop, and guest services area one to two days weekly to greet and provide information to visitors

Under the supervision of the Curator, this position will work in the Lougheed House building and gardens, as well as off-site to comply with local public health regulations. This position will have the benefit of receiving on-site training in museum programming and curatorial practices, and will gain experience in research, project development, interpretation and educational programming. Students of museum studies (or related programs) who wish to continue learning and gain valuable work experience to put on their resume are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Some university/college or training in museum studies, library/archival studies, history, anthropology, education or a related field is preferred.
  • High level of written and verbal skills
  • Attention to detail and thorough even with repetitive tasks
  • Friendly personality to be able to work with staff and volunteers in a busy team environment, but also self-disciplined to be able to work efficiently alone
  • Confident working with the public to guide tours, teach or facilitate a group
  • Willingness to learn and willingness to share your knowledge to help train others
  • Possess a knowledge of or interest in Calgary history including current issues
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, punctual and reliable
  • Applicable computer skills and experience with some administration work is a must ((Microsoft 365 suite including Office , Windows, search engines, etc.)


  • Periodically lift objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Climb stairs.
  • Stand for one to two hours at a time.
  • Sit for long periods of time.
  • Occasionally stoop, kneel, or crouch.
  • Use hands and arms to reach for, grasp and manipulate objects.

Lougheed House is committed to, and values, diversity in the workplace.

JOB LOCATION: Calgary, Alberta
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DURATION: This is a summer position for a 15-week period with a negotiable end date. Regular schedule is Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Intensity of work over this time will vary. Days and hours worked are flexible (including possible Thursday or Friday evenings) with some specific dates that may be required to support events.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a non-union position dependent on grant funding from Young Canada Works and/or Canada Summer Jobs and applicants must fit the criteria of the Young Canada Works Program and/or the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

To be eligible for YCW individuals must be a current student or recent graduate who must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada;
    Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible;
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • meet the specific eligibility criteria of the program for which you apply;
  • be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory;
  • be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW.

To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, individuals must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act3; and,
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Please submit via email your resume and cover letter, and identifying “Curatorial Assistant” in the subject line to:
Caroline Loewen, Curator
cloewen (AT) lougheedhouse.com

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: May 17, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. MST.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those who most closely match the Lougheed House’s requirements will be contacted.

The job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities of and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required throughout the duration of the contract.

Background photo courtesy of Chris Stutz / www.PrepTours.ca