Alissa Khan-Whelan

Editorial Arts Assistant

  • LocationHampton Hill, Hampton, United Kingdom

About me


I have recently graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Fine Art. I am now actively seeking work in a creative professional environment with the hunger and dedication to produce great work. I am a creative, enthusiastic and highly self motivated individual who loves to develop ideas and create engaging content across a variety of publishing platforms. I am a true team player with initiative, I love to work collaboratively but I can work effectively on my own too. My degree taught me how to think and how to produce;; how to organise an event or exhibition; to fundraise; to collaborate; to research, to evaluate; to reflect; how to make something from absolutely nothing. I knew it was important to gain professional experience before graduating so I decided to part take in a Diploma of Professional Studies year. During this year I spontaneously travelled to New York and found an internship working for a Fashion and Arts Magazine, where I learnt a vast amount about the international creative world. Back in London, I interned for online luxury clothes retailer as a Social Media and Editorial Assistant, where I created a wealth of content for their online social media platforms. I have learnt through my work experience that I am a lateral thinker and I want to apply this work experience and my skill set to a professional creative environment like yours. Oh and I promise that I am a very dedicated and hard worker!



  • Fashion
  • Marketing PR
  • Visual Arts
  • Art Direction
  • Design
  • Editorial
  • Production Assistant
  • Excel
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Powerpoint
  • Word
  • Premiere
  • Photography

Work history


Artist & Photographer


Aug 2010
  • I am a practicing artist making work in the Cell Studios, Hackney. Selected Projects: - Camden Arts Centre, Group Exhibition, May, London. This was an exciting opportunity to collaboratively curate an exhibition in response to the work by Dorothy Iannone as exhibited by the Camden Arts Centre in May 2013. Myself and five other artists used the Reading Room as our studio for four weeks, which led to a weeklong exhibition of our work at the Centre. The exhibition complimented the Dieter Roth exhibition. - Here In Archway, Supported by AIR, January - June, London. “Here In Archway” was a collaborative project about the Archway community in North London. Through rigorous research we found that most of Archway’s ‘public’ space, once a community hub, is now privately owned and unfortunately neglected. Through the project, we created events to promote local businesses that were suffering due to the neglect and to raise awareness of the ownership issues. Selected Exhibitions: 2015- Degree Show One, Central Saint Martins, London 2015- Call and Response, Amersham Arms, London 2015- Playdough, XD / 3D Open Studios, Central Saint Martins, London 2014- Jenga, XD / 3D Open Studios, Central Saint Martins, London 2014- Big Space II, 1 Granary, London 2013- Reading Room, Camden Arts Centre, London 2012- Here In Archway supported by AIR, London 2012- Lost and Dark, Concourse Gallery, London 2011- Central Saint Martins Foundation Show, London Please see art work at Photography / Selected Events: - Atelier Pronovias Fashion Show / St James Church / Maddison Avenue / New York. - TWELV Magazine Issue #4 “MUSE” Launch Party / VIP Room / New York. - London Fashion Week 2014 (for TWELV) / Amanda Wakeley + Topshop Unique. - Press Event for BKD London and AlexandAlexa / Hackney Wick / London. - Brand Imagery and Editorial Shoots / CartableEnfants / Richmond / London.


Brand & Editorial Freelance Assistant

Cartable Enfants

May 2015
  • Cartable is a lifestyle brand practice specialised in marketing children’s brands. I have been working for Cartable producing creative digital content in alliance with their brand strategy, using my own creative direction, with the aim to build their online presence through social media. The role involves thinking of new and innovative ideas for the brand, to photograph on shoots, to post produce the work and to make ready-to-post social media content.


Seasonal Gallery Assistant

Tate Gallery

Mar 2014 - Aug 2015
  • I worked as a Gallery Assistant at Tate during the Henri Mattise: The Cut Outs giving specialised information to visitors about the exhibition. Through volunteering to help with the care and handling of the work I gained an invaluable insight on it’s curation by Flavia Frigeri.


Editorial & Social Media Intern

May 2014 - Aug 2014
  • is an international online retailer specialising in luxury childrenswear. I worked within the social media team during a three-month internship. My duties included: - Writing content and posts for the website and blog. - Inputting content into web management system correctly. - Blogger outreach across all social media platforms. - Creating reports for meetings by analysing social engagement progression. - Pulling products and creating visual content for all social media platforms. - Assisting with styling, photography and filming for website and blog. - Monitoring trends and contributing ideas to the content calendar. - Supporting the Senior Online Editor with daily tasks. - Working with the PR team to prepare and organise press events. - General office maintenance (upkeep of products, IT equipment and storage areas). - Eventually I aquired paid photography work for the ecommerce team.


Editoral Assistant & Office Administrator

TWELV Magazine

Jul 2013 - Dec 2013
  • TWELV is a fashion magazine for those with a passion for fashion, art, music and charity and aspires to remain relevant, share inspiration and distance itself from the traditional fashion editorial magazine. TWELV is currently viewed in over 128 countries. During a three-month internship my main duties included: - Assisting the head photographer in the photography studio. - Promoted to head office and then assisted with organising and coordinating events, such as business and social occasions. - Handled large guestlists (1000+) and made sure everything ran smoothly on the night. - Liaised and built strong relationships with clients. - Worked accordingly with various budgets and timescales. - Negotiated prices with venues and suppliers. - Worked effectively & respectfully within a team.


Visual Merchandising Placement & Advanced Sales Advisor


Jan 2010 - Sep 2012
  • Whilst working an Advanced Sales Advisor on the shop floor, I was progressively given more responsibility and was selected as a team motivator, helping the team to meet the stores weekly targets and completing essential tasks. Eventually I undertook a six-month visual merchandising placement. The main duties included: - Selecting clothes for displays throughout the shop and windows basing my decisions on sales reports which evidently changed particular item sales. I helped with graphic displays and would often stay long hours organising events and sale days. - I designed a spread for Topshop’s magazine ‘Proud’ which was in 300 stores across the UK.



A Levels in Media and Sociology

Gumley House Convent Sixth Form

Jul 2015 - Jul 2015
  • A levels in Art - A* Media Studies - A Sociology - B


BA Fine Art

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Aug 2011 - Jun 2015
  • I graduated from Central Saint Martins with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Fine Art. I was a NOVA Award nominee which means I was one of two best Fine Art students at Central Saint Martins in 2015. Course Outline and Specifications: - Promotes experimental, investigative and historically, theoretically and critically informed approaches to art making - Emphasises collaborative and socially engaged practice and develops negotiation, management and team skills through external projects, alternative spaces and site-specific opportunities - Is proactively taught through a wide range of events, led by a highly research-active staff team practising professionally across diverse media, supported by guest speakers and expert technicians - Develops a wide range of specialist and transferable skills including research, planning, documentation, evaluative writing, visual and verbal presentation - Offers a richly diverse international and multicultural community of practice, with opportunities for exchanges in Europe and the US - Connects with numerous galleries, museums and cultural centres in London, providing a wide range of resources and opportunities - Progressively increases individual responsibility for learning and development of professional identity, offering choices of perspective in final year to support theoretical research and practice-based directions.


Diploma In Professional Studies

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

May 2013 - Aug 2014
  • This course aims to: • Develop your appreciation of the culture and practice of working life (Career); • Enable you to put the content of the course and your area of study into perspective (Educational); • Develop your transferable skills (Personal Achievement); • Enhance your opportunities for career progression (Career).


Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design

Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
  • Course outline The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is designed to enable you to learn through discovery and exploration by engaging with projects, lectures and study visits. The foundation course is essentially a transitional experience in art, design and communication, preparing you for a place in higher education or for employment. The wide range of specialist options reflects the progression opportunities available at degree level within the college and the university. The foundation course's pathways allow you to build a subject-specific portfolio in readiness for degree course applications. Part 1 - Learning Skills and Content Through studio and workshop projects you'll be introduced to a range of materials and methods of working. You'll learn how to research and develop your ideas and how to evaluate and reflect on your progress. Part 2 - Development and Progression The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is designed to help you build a portfolio and to prepare you for interview to enter higher education and subsequent employment. Building on skills from Part 1 you'll integrate your research, ideas and methods of working to produce a body of work that allows you to analyse your interests and ambitions and to investigate directions to pursue. Part 3 - Project Proposal and Realisation The focus of Part 3 is on further development of your individuality and independence as you propose and realise your final major project integrating planning, research, ideas, methods, evaluation and reflection. Your project is displayed in the foundation exhibition - open to the public, family and friends. Developing your skills Throughout The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design you'll learn new skills to enable you to progress successfully. These skills, which are also appropriate to higher education and employment, include the use of machinery and materials, presentation skills for articulating your ideas to your peers or at interview, and presenting your work in a portfolio or at an exhibition. Most importantly you'll gain study skills in order to 'learn how to learn'. This kind of independent learning builds the self-motivation, commitment and initiative that allows you to develop your projects independently, guided by a supportive tutorial structure.



NOVA Award Nominee

  • The Nova Award is for Fresh Creative Talent and is sponsored by Lowe + Partners Worldwide, an international advertising agency headquartered in London. The nomination meant that I was one of two best Fine Art students at Central Saint Martins in 2015.