Avant Arte wants to make art radically more accessible for a new generation.
The company began as a cult blog of contemporary artists, initially inspired through rap lyrics and hip-hop album covers. That blog grew organically into the world’s largest and most engaged online art community, with more than 2 million of their followers under the age of 35.
The company collaborates with iconic contemporary artists like Jenny Holzer, Cai Guo-Qiang, Claire Tabouret and the Chapman brothers, making their work more accessible to younger collectors through sculpture editions, print editions and unique works on paper. And they have built a highly engaged community of next-generation art collectors, which means Avant Arte’s artist launches are heavily oversubscribed, with many behaving more like fashion drops, selling out in under 30 seconds.
The company’s vision is to inspire a generation of millions of young people who love art like they love music and who collect works like they build their wardrobe.
We’re currently a team of 30, split between London and Amsterdam, looking to scale to 60+ over the next 6 months. This is a great opportunity to join a highly successful early stage business at a pivotal moment in our growth, where you will have impact from day one. As an early Curatorial Partnership Operations hire, you will be central to putting together a system for identifying curators and managing our curator relationships to support our goal of bringing in the most exciting global artists to work with Avant Art.
We’re a small team with really big ambitions, both for what we want to achieve and also the environment we’re building. We want to create a company that remains thoughtful as we scale and tries to be genuinely progressive in how we operate; we want people to really own what they do and be given the autonomy and freedom to make mistakes, learn, and create something meaningful. We all work incredibly hard because we really care about what Avant Arte is here to do – we’re looking for exceptional people who are proactive, hungry to learn, and want to put their pride in our collective achievements.
We know that creating an inclusive environment that promotes and values diversity is critical if we want to build something with impact and meaning. We believe that having diversity in age, background, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective will make us an infinitely better company. And it is particularly vital if we are going to build a roster of artists and community of collectors that are representative of contemporary art and of the wider world today.
We’re looking for a highly organised, collaborative and data-driven Curatorial Partnership Operations Manager with a good understanding of, and passion for the art world to join our London team. Working closely with our Chief Curator and Artist teams you will be responsible for supporting and managing strategy and processes across the curatorial side of our business.
We really do encourage everyone to proactively step outside of their job description if you see something that could be improved, but the core of your role will involve:
Contributing to artist and curatorial strategy
Building a system to identify and track our universe of relevant curators
Refining and updating materials to help introduce the business to potential new curators
Collaborating with artist operations to set weekly, monthly and quarterly targets that consider art world calendar, key curator & artist moments and overall company goals
Managing both structured and ad-hoc communications with curators
Tracking the progression of curator conversations, from outreach through ideation to launch
Manage curator-led and externally curated launches within the wider Avant Arte programme
Reporting on performance of curator led and curated launches to inform future programming and repeat curatorial partnerships
The main skills we’re looking for are:
Strong relationship management
A good understanding of the art world and interest in curation, art history or the art market
Confidence in interpreting data and taking a data led approach
We think you’ll probably have:
Account management or similar relationship-based experience
At least 5 years experience working in an art institution or directly with artists and/or curators