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Ailis Swords-McDonnell

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About me

I have wide experience working for cultural institutions in research, administration and event management. Before moving to Edinburgh to study History of Art I interned in galleries in London and Paris on the curation and installation of art and design shows, liaising with artists and producing interpretation material in English and French. I have since assisted in an Edinburgh gallery as well as art direction of the University fashion show. I am highly motivated to learn about all aspects of the art world and can work well using my own initiative or as part of a team. I have excellent organisational and communication skills including conversational French.


  • Microsoft Word/excel/powerpoint/office
  • Fashion Blogging
  • Creative Arts
  • Art History
  • Basic French
  • Sketchup
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator

Work history


Buying Admin Assistant


Apr 2017 - May 2017
  • Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH, UK
  • Internship
  • Buying Admin Assistant at Liberty London. Completed the administration for Christmas product manual.


Art Director and Blogger

Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show

Jul 2016 - Mar 2017
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Art Direction and Blog Writer for Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show. Regular writer for the website and blog, as well as conceiving the visual design for the show and coordinating design teams.


Assistant Curator

Maison Louis Carré

Feb 2015 - Mar 2015
  • 2 Chemin du Saint-Sacrement, 78490 Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France
  • Internship
  • Assisted with the curation of the show Mise au Vert as well as the translating the exhibition guide and liaising with artists



Art History and Digital Humanities BA

University of California, Los Angeles

Aug 2017
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA


Jul 2015
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom


A Level, AS Level

Twyford High School

Nov 2011 - May 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 3 A Levels English A*, History A, Art B (French As Level)