Annie Birchenough

Annie Birchenough

Artist Liaison / CommunicationsLondon, United Kingdom
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Annie Birchenough

Annie Birchenough

Artist Liaison / CommunicationsLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I recently acquired a Masters in Curating the Art Museum from the Courtauld Institute of Art during which time I co-curated the Courtauld's first ever online exhibition, Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday. Prior to that, I spent three months undergoing the Peggy Guggenheim Internship programme as the 2017 Liesbeth Bollen Fund Intern. I further developed my interest in Post-war Modern and Contemporary British Art whilst working full time at the New Art Centre Gallery and Sculpture Park in Wiltshire. Other prior experience includes working with the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, producing the exhibition catalogue for the 2015-16 edition of the East Wing Biennale at Somerset House and working on public projects for MARS Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. I have had varied experience in both the commercial and public sector, with a particular dedication to communication and broadening access to the arts for young people. I pursue this through mentoring and tutoring, providing museum tours and recently co-founded a free online platform for young people looking to work in the art world. Follow us on instagram @hangitcollective.
Projects
  • Hang it collective
    Hang it collectiveHang it collective offers a new online platform of free resources to young people looking to enter the art world. It emerged from four graduates sharing their questions, doubts and struggles searching for jobs in the art world. We are learning about careers, sharing our findings and building a community. ​ We all know the art world can feel like a closed club. Here you'll find short podcast episodes, quick reads and longer investigations. Hang it offers a handbook written in a language we can un
  • Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday
    Unquiet Moments: Capturing the EverydayUnquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday is the Courtauld Institute of Art's first ever online exhibition delivered by nine young curators enrolled on the MA Curating the Art Museum programme (2019-2020). The exhibition celebrates the recording of everyday life through the making of art. The images and objects in this exhibition capture small wonders and disappointments, intimate joys and tragedies. As diaries of personal experience, portraits of families and communities, and traces of loss, th
Projects credited in
  • East Wing Biennial
    East Wing BiennialClick to edit position descriptionOverseeing the press campaign for the East Wing Biennial, which opened on 29 January 2016, with 31 international exhibitors including Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley and Rachel Whiteread.
Work history
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    Curatorial Placement, Art GalleryBarbican Centre
     - London, United KingdomInternship
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    Intern / Gallery Assistant[MARS] Gallery
     - Melbourne, AustraliaPart Time
    MARS is a commercial art gallery specialising in both contemporary Australian and international artists. Director Andy Dinan also runs her own public art consultancy, ADA Consulting. Public project Coordinator • I oversaw the publicly funded project 'Clean up our Backyard' inviting artists to create street-art murals across the back of 7 properties in order to improve community space and encourage new visitors to the area • I worked closely with the local businesses to prepare the buildings, put together detailed information packs and diagrams of the spaces and wrote professional letters to businesses, landlords and artists • I delivered a call for artists’ proposals, organising a judging panel and handling all administration • I worked closely with the local funding council as well as the project’s affiliated charity to deliver the project and its accompanying charity launch event Gallery assistant • I worked directly with represented artists on exhibition installation and private view delivery • I handled office administration including email correspondence, phone enquiries and website updates
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Skills
  • Curating
  • Museum Display
  • Gallery Management
  • Project Co-ordination
  • Team Leadership
  • Exhibition
  • Art Catalogue
  • Art History
  • Art Sales
  • Artist Liaison
Education
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    Curating the Art MuseumCourtauld Institute of Art
    Strand, London WC2R 0RN, UK
    A year-long Masters focussing on curating the public museum. This course is highly practical, culminating in the opening of a physical exhibition drawing upon loans from the Courtauld and Arts Council Collections. This year the final exhibition will open online. The course also integrates practical sessions with leading figures in the public museum field as well as a curatorial placement.
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    Italian LanguageLSE
     - London, United Kingdom
    During my first year at the Courtauld Institute it was compulsory to undergo a language course. In this year I completed the fast track Level 1 course and decided to continue the classes in my own time in my second year, leading to my successful completion of Italian Level 2 in May 2016.
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Awards
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    Liesbeth Bollen Internship 2017The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
    I was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Liesbeth Bollen internship - a scholarship in memory of Liesbeth Bollen (1980-2007). The purpose of the scholarship is to perpetuate the memory of Liesbeth Bollen, enabling brilliant and highly motivated students to benefit from the same educational experience that bought Liesbeth to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and that connoted her whole career. It is awarded to internship candidates that have distinguished themselves from among the other applicants in their application, profile, motivation and reference letters.