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Ben Summers

Consulting Art Director/ Curator/ Visual Artist

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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsArtist - Art Director - Illustrator

About me

Creative professional with interdisciplinary experience across the arts and media industries spanning 10 years. Over the last five years, I've provided specialist art direction, content development and business support, mostly to digital creative start-up ventures, SMEs and social enterprises. Now seeking the next opportunity to contribute towards long-term projects. Clients and collaborations have included Millennium TV, IPA Arts, Victoria and Albert museum, Brand Communications, Fitch, Amnesty International UK, PASH Global & Channel 4.

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Skills

  • Artist Painter
  • Fine Arts
  • Mural Art
  • Art and Creative Direction
  • Adobe Graphics
  • Illustration Storyboarding
  • Social Meda
  • Content
  • CMS Management
  • Art Directing

Work history

2017

Content & Social Media Manager

IP Arts

Aug 2016 - Oct 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • IPA arts is an international arts advisory service for private clients/ collectors. Creating a new social media strategy Managing and scheduling all posts and video content Advising on image and content quality. Supporting and liaising with artists and private clients. Conducting studio visits with IPA artists to interview & produce new content. Creating coordinated hashtag systems to increase engagement. Streamlining overall brand presence to maximise online collector sales.

2016

Art Director

PASH Global

Feb 2016 - Jun 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • PASH GLOBAL was founded to advise, structure, develop, finance, own and operate energy and infrastructure projects globally. My role: Consulted and advised on the design and aesthetics for new permanent splash page content for the website. Visualised and designed graphic elements. Collaborated with motion graphics designer to produce content

2016

Creative Art Director

Millennium TV

Aug 2012 - Nov 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Millennium TV is a grass roots community, global affairs and lifestyle channel. A multi-faceted platform creating a more complete mosaic of life in the contemporary African Diaspora. My role: Advising on all aspects of the channel's future aesthetic and digital branding. Establishing partnerships with leading cultural organisations, sponsors, brands and agencies. Including: 1:54, the Africa Centre, Vevo, Sofar Sounds, BBC, SOAS, Brand Communications and the British Museum. Acting as an ambassador for the channel in a networking capacity and for potential investment opportunities. Assisting in the development and marketing of the in house CPD (corporate production department) to B2B/ B2C clients. Contributing with targeted copy/ editorial for blog posts and featured content. Updating digital content using Content Management Systems and integrated design tools. Sourcing new content for the arts, discovery, lifestyle and discovery sections of the channel. Contributing to the social media strategy and creating social listening reports. Overseeing freelance production teams (editors, cameramen) in a producer/ art director capacity. Managing budgets, implementation and planning for in house productions and events.

Education

Currently

2:1 BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting

Slade School of Fine Art

Aug 1999
  • London, United Kingdom
  • With a focus on painting, the course encompassed an intensive studio practice with critical feedback sessions and Art History. Developed skills in silk screen printing, editing, photography and metal work.

2013

Apr 2013 - Sep 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Business course focused on obtaining funding for startup ventures and social enterprises. Developed and fine tuned business plan covering marketing, P&L, cashflow, turnover and accounting with a view to pitching for and obtaining development funding.

Awards

2013

Creative Industry Finance Award

Arts Council England

  • Awarded funding for developing a creative start up venture.