Ben William Harris

Exhibition Planner.

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About me

 

I regard myself as bright, pro-active, thoughtful, determined and have a creative spark that I want to continue to explore. I excel in creative environments when dealing with multiple tasks, different mind-sets and have a unique ability to take an idea, message or opinion and make it into something intensely fascinating and understandable. I am extremely enthusiastic about helping individuals or companies who have a altruistic nature.

Skills

 

  • Events
  • Fine Art
  • Creative Event
  • Exhibition
  • Social Event
  • Design
  • Project Management
  • Event Execution
  • Event Organisation
  • Event Planning
  • Temporary Displays
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Word

Work history

Currently

Programme Assistant

Institute of Contemporary Arts

Jun 2016
  • As programme assistant I deliver exceptionally high standards of front-line customer service, support public access and engagement with contemporary art and quality of visitor experience. My role includes being engaging, welcoming, informing and orientating visitors; in order to help them make the most of their time at the ICA. Keeping up to date with current issues and developments in contemporary art, theory, education and socially engaged practice nationally and internationally whilst understanding and meeting the needs of all visitors.

Currently

Specialist

Apple

Jul 2015
  • As a Specialist, I help create energy and excitement around Apple products, providing solutions and getting products into customers’ hands. I thrive when interacting with customers and team members all whilst working within a company known for having the best customer service in the world.

2016

Artist

Ben William Harris

Aug 2009 - Jul 2016
  • Art can come in any form, from any person, with any view. The difference between art and ‘great art’, is when the viewer can take something away from the experience. Great art not only sends a message to the viewer but also allows the observer to consider, rationalise, learn and genuinely grow as a person. It is simply not enough to view art just because the viewer wants to see it with their own two eyes. I feel that artists and attending audiences alike need to ask; what is this actually for and how can I use this? Art speaks to us all, especially when regarding the human condition. This is when it is at its most powerful, edifying and inspiring. All human beings have an animalistic and intellectual desire not only to understand their relationship between each other, but to find their placement within the world. Art already has and will continue to play a vital role towards a better understanding, which leads to a greater knowledge, of who human beings are individually, as well as an entire race. When experiencing something foreign (such as cultures, opinions or different forms of art) it can be a means of defining oneself. This is how art should be experienced. To gain a full emotional attachment to the art I want to strive to attack all of the viewers senses in a way that makes people not only view, but also fully immerse themselves within it. It is crucial to not over-conceptualize (that’s not to say conceptualisation is not an indispensable tool) the approach and explanation of the work or idea being displayed. Alongside this notion I believe a theory should be inclusive (not to say it should be all fluffy and nice) so that any idea or message which is being translated can transcend to any human.

2015

Curator & Designer

RTIST Gallery

May 2015 - May 2015
  • 30. 04. 29 showcased some of the best in local Melbourne art. Names like Gavin Brown, Jasper Knight and Maurice Golotta. The infamous gallery is well known for hosting coveted art shows in Melbourne. It is renowned for discovering unique talent, notably Australian street artist Sofles in his first Melbourne solo show. The exhibition was intended to show the agency’s commitment and passion towards its artists in a professional and dynamic space, previewing the RTIST Agency whilst celebrating local artists. I solely curated and hung over 40 pieces of artwork for the exhibition. I was also in charge of the advertising, press release, invites, catalog and most of the project managing.

2014

Artist & Gallery Assistant

Miso/backwoods Gallery

May 2014 - Aug 2014
  • I assisted an inspirational and incredibly talented local artist, MISO, hang her first major solo exhibition at the Backwoods Gallery in Fitzroy.

2014

Graphic Designer

The Local Burger CO

Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
  • I was asked by a respected Melbourne burger restaurant to create three posters, for both print and online advertising, promoting their 'Specials'. Taking into consideration their homely, organic and warm appeal I also had to re-create their logo and set out future branding policies.

2013

Graphic Designer

Beach London

Jul 2013 - Nov 2013
  • My client needed a logo that expressed the fact that they are youthful food company that reside in the fashionable area of east London, Shoreditch. The logo needed say their full name as they were only a young company however I gave the option for the logo to be down sized to a single graphic element when they became more well known in the future.

2013

Curator & Events Organiser

Corsica Studios

May 2013 - Aug 2013
  • Alongside one other, I created and ran a fine art flea market cross pop-up gallery space. It took place for several months during the course of a summer entailing over 30 stalls with artists selling a ride range of works. From sculpture to painting, culminating in the final exhibition with an ethological discussion involving live participatory taxidermy. Behind the scenes my tasks included; on-site management, marketing, promoting, logo creation, advertising as well as updating an online blog and weekly newsletter which was sent out to a mailing list of over ten thousand.

Education

2017

BA(Hons) Culture, Curation and Criticism

Central Saint Martins

Aug 2015 - May 2017

    2012

    Design for Graphic Communication

    London College of Communication

    Aug 2010 - Jun 2012
    • Graphic Design

    2009

    National Diploma in Art and Design, Specialising in Graphic Design

    Sussex Downs College

    Aug 2007 - Jun 2009
    • Art and Design, specialising in Graphic Design.

    2007

    AS Levels in Photography, Media Studies and Film Studies

    Sussex Downs College

    Aug 2006 - Jun 2007
    • Photography, Media Studies and Film Studies.