Andrew Houston

Artist/Freelancer

Level
Mid Level
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
Locked Pro Plan feature
Professions
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Projects

Skills

  • Performance Art
  • Painting
  • Dance
  • Writing
  • Teaching
  • Facilitation
  • Tour Guiding
  • Project Management
  • Lecturing
  • Curating

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Somerset House

    Somerset House

    • Arts and Culture
  • EF Education First

    EF Education First

    • Education & Research
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    The Glasgow School of Art

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      (Various)

      Work history

      Currently

      Cinema Supervisor

      Backyard Cinema

      Oct 2019
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Part Time

      Currently

      Lecturer

      (Various)

      Oct 2016
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • Since graduating from my Masters in 2016 I have guest lectured at both the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Glasgow School of art. Both for introductory sessions (masters level), workshops and in tutorial/critique forums.

      Currently

      Tour Director

      EF Education First

      Feb 2015
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • In my current employment as a Tour Director with Education First I work directly in between the worlds of Customer Service Education and Tourism. I am responsible for the safety, wellbeing and Educational Growth of on average 40 – 50 student travelers from diverse backgrounds. These can range from Language students from South America and China to Adult groups to High School students from varied economic and social backgrounds. I develop creative educational content to be implemented on the road and in response to a wide range of destinations in Norther Europe. Alongside this I deal with all on tour payments, admin, expenses, hotel, activity and restaurant reservations. Most importantly as the face of the company on tour I problem solve and am key to the success and development of the product. I act as a diplomat sensitively dealing with any customer or supplier based situation, whilst ensuring that Education is at the heart of each experience.

      Currently

      Freelance Assistant Curator

      (Various)

      Jun 2011
      • Glasgow, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • Since Graduating from my BA at the Glasgow School of Art I have worked on a freelance basis for many artists and arts organizations in a curating/programming capacity. Examples of this are: 2017 – Nowhere, Now Here – FK Alexander. (Role – assistant curator) – I co-curated this exhibition for Live artist FK Alexander. The work involved FK living and performing in the gallery space for one week. My role involved work selection, curation of space and dramaturgy for the performed elements of the installation. 2013 – 2016 – Opera Autonoma collective. (Role – assistant curator/choreographer) – I worked with Opera Autonoma for 3 years co-creating and developing work for the 2014 and 2016 Glasgow International arts festival. My role again included work selection, curation of space and for this series of works choreography of the performed immersive elements. 2012 – Other Voices Other rooms. (Role – Curator) – I was the lead curator for this exhibition that was part of ENCANT Generation – A multidisciplinary arts festival created by Ama Budge – funded by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The show explored the voices of under-represented or marginalized communities through multi-media and archival arts practices. My Artist C.V. is available on request for details of all projects undertaken.

      2020

      Tour guide (24/7 Exhibtion)

      Somerset House

      Oct 2019 - Feb 2020
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Freelance

      2019

      Travel Coordinator

      EF Education First

      Feb 2019 - Aug 2019
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • My role in the EF London Regional Office involved the co-ordination of over 2000 Tour Group arrivals across our peak (busiest) season. I was in charge of the co-ordination of all major UK and Ireland airports and managed over 30 freelance staff members who made up our airport transfer assistance team. The role required regularly logistical planning for a broad range of tour codes and also during our peak season being a key member in the emergency response team. The role also required extensive levels of administration from Excel, E-mail and document creation to database management. As well as my operational role, I also conducted training for all new Tour Directors, my own Airport transfer assistance team and processed all invoice payments for said team.

      2017

      Arika Desk Coordinator

      ARIKA

      Oct 2016 - Nov 2017
      • Glasgow, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • At Arika I was in charge of the Arika desk, taking Pay What You Can contributions (Box office) to the Festival and providing information to visitors. In each episode Arika explores issues centered around gender, race, sexuality and in the episodes I worked on: the de-criminalization of sex work and prison abolition. As the content of each festival is thoughtful and sensitive it was important that I combined an enthusiastic approach to customer service with an informed position on each episode’s themes. I also helped facilitate access requirements and consideration of accessibility was a large part of my role.

      2014

      May 2012 - Mar 2014
      • Glasgow, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • As the Duty Manager at the Brunswick Hotel I was in charge of managing both the Bar and Restaurant (Bookings, Shift planning and Cash up/safe counting), the front of house team (On average a staff of 10) and the facilitation of various events from club nights, private parties and programmed events during the Merchant City Festival each year. My role involved the management of many organizational tasks whilst maintaining a high level of customer service and the welcoming atmosphere of the venue.

      2013

      Events/Exhibitions Assistant

      The Glue Factory

      Mar 2012 - Jul 2013
      • Glasgow, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • As part of the Glue factory team I co-curated and programmed exhibitions and events as part of their seasonal programme. As well as this I created promotional material for select events for both print purposes and online. The Exhibitions and events I curated were part of and in response to: Glasgow International 2012 Glasgay! 2013 BYOB Glasgow (Pilot Showing)

      2013

      May 2011 - Nov 2013
      • Glasgow, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • As a Tour Guide at GSA Enterprises I lead group tours around the world famous Mackintosh Building. I provided commentary on the life and work of Mackintosh, in particular his work for/with the Glasgow School of Art. I was also one of the tour guides who piloted the City Walking Tours offered by GSA. These were split into two strands themed by the life and work of Mackintosh and his contemporaries and another product that explored the development of the contemporary art scene in Glasgow post-industry.

      Education

      2016

      Sep 2015 - Dec 2016
      • London, United Kingdom
      • At Royal Central School of Speech and Drama I received an MA in Performance Practices as Research. The course was focussed on the development of performance practice and how practice as theory can contribute to the performing arts field. I worked within the realms of my own practice (performance art), but also attended research methods classes and conducted empirical research projects. I also undertook modules in archival practice and was a key member of the team in the development of the course's annual Festival Brink.