Catriona Gilmore

Graduating Student

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About me

I am a History of Art & French finalist at the University of Leeds, passionate about art and cultures and excited by international art exchanges. My studies have mainly centred on Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, and my dissertation focused on the innovations seen in French Renaissance architecture of the châteaux of the Loire, following a placement at the Château de Troussay near Cheverny. My interests, however, are wide-ranging; the position opened my eyes to the decorative arts, and I am equally interested in textiles, photography, and modern and contemporary painting. I believe in the internationalism of art; art can emotionally touch someone regardless of background, and this is why international exchanges of art objects and artistic tourism fascinate me. I practice what I preach, and made the most of spending a year in France as part of my course to explore the art galleries of the South West region (Fondation Bembourg and Musée des Augustins, Toulouse; Musée Regards de Provence and MUCEM, Marseille) and Paris (Pompidou Centre and Musée Marmottan, Paris), as well as the châteaux of the Loire (Chambord, Chaumont, Selles-sur-Cher, to name a few). I have previously covered art exhibitions and events for student publication LIPPY magazine, namely The Edible Art Show, The Powder Room at Lambert's Yard and David Rusbatch's solo exhibition.

Skills

  • French
  • Teamworking
  • Creative
  • Social Media
  • Cross-cultural Working
  • Collaborative Working
  • Detail Oriented
  • Administrative Assistance
  • Exhibition Organisation
  • Organised

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Lippy Magazine

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      Leeds Arts University

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        Harewood House

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          Air France

          Work history

          2018

          Work Experience

          Harewood House

          May 2018 - Jun 2018
          • Leeds, United Kingdom
          • Internship
          • During a week's work experience, I gained an insight into the management of a private-owned stately home. I was able to shadow and interact with the various on-site teams; management, membership, conservation team, human resources and volunteering. Tasks included: _Market research on similar establishments _Digitising archive information about Turner's stay at Harewood _Collecting membership and visitor satisfaction feedback _Welcoming visitors _Talking with the conservation team about techniques for restoring gilt details of Chippendale furniture Communication skills | Research | Team-working | Market awareness

          2017

          Nov 2017 - Nov 2017
          • Leeds, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • Member of a pool of volunteers who may be called on when necessary. _Photography workshop assistant to create publicity images for use on the website and across the social media channels _Reviewing Masters-level exhibits on at the time, about local life and crafts Communication skills | Commercial awareness | Collaboration

          2017

          Tour Guide and B&B Management Assistant

          Château de Troussay

          Apr 2017 - Aug 2017
          • Loire, France
          • Full Time
          • A highly varied role which had me doing a mixture of tasks throughout the day, in one of the châteaux in the Loire region of France. Today used as a tourist destination and bed & breakfast, the main aspect of my job was being an approachable and knowledgeable tour guide and greeting guests and visitors with enthusiasm. _Guided tours of the castle and grounds lasting 45 minutes, in English or French. Adaptation of tour to group demographic _Organisation of a sculpture exhibition including research, choosing the artworks to display, information displays _Visitor Experience - welcoming visitors, responding to clients' needs and queries _Gift shop and vintage boutique sales assistant _Cashier _Chamber-maid duties Prioritisation | Proactive | Division of tasks | Good team-work vital | Time-keeping

          2017

          English Tutor

          Air France

          Sep 2016 - Mar 2017
          • Toulouse, France
          • Full Time
          • English language tutor for small groups of Air France staff. _Flexibility in order to adapt to the individual member of staff's needs _Translation _Proof-reading presentations or information written in English _Preparation and research to find a subject which would be both interesting and useful in terms of vocab and improving fluency Time-keeping | Creativity | Research | Organisation | Planning | Proactive

          2016

          Interim Operations Assistant

          Headwater Holidays

          Jun 2016 - Aug 2016
          • United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • A temporary summer position to help set up a new reservations database system. Tasks included: _Inputting holiday details _Running database tests Detail oriented | IT skills | Computing analysis and testing | Independent working

          2016

          Administrator and Artistic Director

          Lippy Magazine

          Sep 2015 - Aug 2016
          • Leeds University Union, 2 Lifton Pl, Leeds LS2 9JS, UK
          • Internship
          • A creative magazine run by a group of dynamic students. As the administrator, I was part of the committee and participated in creative decision-making, as well as managing a team of artists and writers for the printed edition. Tasks included: _Coordination of artists and artwork using social media and email after an initial brainstorm _Organising guest speakers, such as the Editor-in-Chief of House of Coco magazine and University Union Officer candidates to come in and talk to us _Supervision of a group of writers through meetings, email and social media _Working in a team to edit and produce two professional-looking magazines _Deadline success in sending the finished magazine to the printers _Dealing with the printers _Member of the Society Committee _Contribution to the magazine and online content; exhibition and event reviews, illustrations, recipes _Contribution to the LIPPY social media channels: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Team-work | Organisation | Planning | Administrative support | Collaboration | Creativity | Time-management | Efficiency

          2015

          Tour Guide

          Encounter ARC

          Jul 2015 - Aug 2015
          • Grenoble, France
          • Full Time
          • A charity which aims to communicate to young people of different nationalities the local artistic, historical and religious traditions by offering free tours around cathedrals and other places of notable architecture to "make the stones speak". Tasks included: _Giving 30min-long guided tours of the Cathedral of Grenoble, in French or English. Adaptation to group demographic. _Visitor information Team-work | Languages | Cross-cultural understanding

          2015

          Exhibition Steward

          Leeds Arts University

          May 2014 - Jul 2015
          • Leeds, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • End of Year Exhibition assistant Tasks included: _Stewarding the exhibit _Answering visitors' questions _Hanging mine and my peers' work _Preparing the exhibition space Team-work | Creativity | Handling delicate objects | Precision | Detail oriented

          Education

          Currently

          French & History of Art

          University of Leeds

          Sep 2014
          • Leeds, United Kingdom
          • Joint Honours Undergraduate BA Degree with Industrial Year Abroad placements at the Château de Troussay and Air France.

          2014

          Art and Design Foundation

          Leeds Arts University

          Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
          • Leeds, United Kingdom
          • A dynamic course during which I tried many different art styles and forms. I specialised in textile design, specifically wallpaper and furnishings. Merit

          2013

          Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
          • United Kingdom
          • A Levels - Art A*, French A, Economics A AS Level - Maths B

          2011

          Sep 2006 - Jun 2011
          • United Kingdom
          • 9 GCSEs all graded A*-A, including Maths, English Language and Literature at grade A and French and Art at grade A*. 1 BTEC in Dance achieved at Distinction*.