Alexandra Hook

Freelance Art Technician

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  • LocationTeddington, United Kingdom

About me

 

I am punctual and reliable. I can work as part of a team and have a tendency to steer towards leading groups. My overriding quality is my enthusiasm and constant willingness to participate, I work well collaboratively and due to my wide range of experience from the arts to sales I have become an extremely flexible worker. I learn quickly and I am constantly looking to extend my skill-set. I am articulate and am often asked to represent organisations I am associated with because of my public speaking skills. I have very good interpersonal skills, enjoying most of all jobs that work with people and involve a lot of interaction with the public. Being a critical thinker I thrive in problem solving challenges, and where appropriate I always try to take the initiative to creatively resolve issues. I am proactive, and work hard to achieve my goals. In the longer term I am building a career as a curator, my area of interest is the intersection of art and technology and how this work is contextualised in the wider space of contemporary art.

Skills

 

  • Events
  • Art Direction
  • Editing
  • Fine Art
  • Exhibition
  • Design
  • Creative
  • Project Management
  • Proofreading
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Powerpoint
  • Critical Writing

Work history

Currently

Freelance Art Technician

The Whitewall Company

Aug 2015
  • I work primarily at Somerset House as part of a team that installs and de-installs exhibitions. We work with both the exhibitions team and the events team, creating professional shows for large public consumption. I have gained experience in the infrastructure of a large institution. I learnt how to deliver high end finishes and how to handle artwork.

2015

Invited Speaker

SSBA Salon The Lima Collection

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
  • I was asked to give a talk as part of a series called SCREENS hosted by the LIMA Collection and SSBA Salon. The series paired young curators with young artists whose film work has recently become a part of the LIMA Collection. I interviewed Donna Verheijden about themes surrounding her work which explores feminism, identity and the internet.

2015

Curator & Project Manager

Royal College of Art School of Communication Final Show

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
  • I acted as one of the key Curators for the School of Communication Final Show, this involved managing the needs of 112 students, working with the exhibition designers and overseeing the hire of equipment. This was a very high pressure situation, given the reputation of the RCA show, but I excelled in this role, working hard and meeting the deadlines.

2015

Curator & Project Manager

Second Home Light/materiality Exhibition

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
  • I organised and curated an exhibition, mixing new media art with traditional sculpture to make a statement about the status of technology in contemporary practice. The show was made up of 23 internationally exhibiting artists who all had attended the Royal College of Art. The private view drew more than 300 people. The show was critically acclaimed by those that attended including the curator of the Liverpool Biennale and it generated positive press. I managed the whole project myself; including liaising with artists, galleries, designers and technicians and balancing the budget.

2015

Curator & Project Manager

Royal College of Art Post Digital Futures Exhibition

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
  • This was a one day exhibition which explored post digital futures, such as a post-screen world, while also Showcasing the Information Experience Design course as a platform for research. I worked with the head of the course and a Ph.D. student to create a dynamic experience which reflected the network of ideas that surrounds the conversation on the future of technology. Speakers and attendees ranged from Régine Debatty to Jussi Ängeslevä.

2015

Invited Speaker

Central Saint Martins College of Art

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
  • I was asked to give a talk on protest and intervention. The talk was for the portfolio preparation short course. I gave a talk about intervention as a tool to create conflict, the political idea of agonism and McLuhan’s notion of anti-environments. The aim was to show intervention as a simple method for conveying and illustrating ideas.

2015

Curator & Project Manager

Royal College of Art Information Experience Design Show

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
  • The Work in Progress shows at the RCA are an opportunity to put on an experimental exhibition that presents the current work from each School. I acted as curator and organiser of my course’s section, while simultaneously being on the organisational team for the entire show. I also designed the display system that ran throughout the exhibition creating the visual link between each department.

2015

Curator & Project Manager

Royal College of Art Information Experience Design Show

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
  • The Work in Progress shows at the RCA are an opportunity to put on an experimental exhibition that presents the current work from each School. I acted as curator and organiser of my course’s section, while simultaneously being on the organisational team for the entire show. I also designed the display system that ran throughout the exhibition creating the visual link between each department.

2014

Intern

Siegfried Contemporary

Aug 2014 - Sep 2014
  • I worked closely with Andreas Siegfried, owner of Siegfried Contemporary and Art Consultant. I assisted him in managing the preparations for the current show of James Franco’s paintings. This involved liaising with PR, insurance and shipping companies. I was also responsible for the correspondence with his highly exclusive clientele and art world colleagues.

2012

Intern

The COB Gallery

Mar 2012 - Jun 2012
  • I worked for the Gallery Manager, helping her organise exhibitions and looking after the gallery. We put on an event called Dine at Cob during the Mark Melvin show. Participants were served a dinner in the gallery in which the artist was present. I designed the dining space, it acted as an experiential reflection of Melvin’s work, deepening the level of engagement.

2012

Creative Leader

The Green School

Apr 2010 - Jun 2012
  • I worked over three days each year to help produce an event called the ‘Creative Olympics’, liaising with both the students and staff to construct a day of exciting activities for students to further integrate creativity into the curriculum.

Education

2014

MA Information Experience Design

Royal College of Art

Sep 2012 - May 2014
  • Information Experience Design (IED) is an exciting new RCA programme about critical making and experimental design practice, encompassing data visualisation, installations and exhibitions, interface and experience design, making and hacking using a range of materials both physical and digital. We aim to make the intangible tangible and experiential, through interdisciplinary collaboration, contextual inquiry and creative practice.

2012

BA Graphic Design

Central Saint Martins

Aug 2009 - May 2012
  • This course equips you to become a versatile practitioner in a wide range of media and professions by offering you a choice of specialisms in design and interaction, advertising, illustration or moving image. You can also study related subjects including photography, printmaking, letterpress, typography and writing.